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April 27, 2010 Washington, DC Approximately 325,000 high schoolers from across the U.S. participated in Poetry Out Loud this year. After a full day of semi-finals competition with all 53 state champions , nine of the talented teens are moving on to the National Finals competition tonight in DC...
April 22, 2010 Washington, DC Pianist Hank Jones was named an NEA Jazz Master in 1989. Photo by Tom Pich What makes jazz jazz? Not a question most people want to answer, but NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones takes a crack at it in the newest edition of Art Works podcasts. The NEA?s Josephine Reed also...
April 21, 2010 Washington, DC In 1967 the NEA funded the original production of Howard Sackler's The Great White Hope , starring James Earl Jones and future NEA Chairman Jane Alexander. Photo courtesy of Arena Stage. Tomorrow we're announcing the second round of NEA grants for fiscal year 2010. You...
April 21, 2010 Washington, DC Washington Poet Laureate Samuel Green was among the judges when BreAnna Jones took top honors at the the state's Poetry Out Loud competition in 2008. Photo by James Kegley As anyone on the Poetry Out Loud (POL) team would tell you, the program wouldn't be possible...
April 21, 2010 Washington, DC Photos by NEA staff On April 8, Rocco traveled north for the Pennsylvania Governor's Art Awards, which were held at York's Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. Among the evening's honorees were visual artist Jeff Koons, bluegrass musician Del McCoury, and arts...
April 20, 2010 Washington, DC 2007 NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods. Photo by Tom Pich Years ago, in the ?60s, I came across this book called Now We Are Six .---NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods The connection between jazz and poetry is strong---probably why both are celebrated in the same month. Jazz musicians...
April 19, 2010 Washington, DC Alanna Rivera was one of only a handful of underclassmen to make it to the 2007 Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Photo by James Kegley. "Reciting a poem is like a jazz solo: you're allowed to play your heart out, but you have to respect what the composer was feeling...
April 19, 2010 Washington, DC Katja von Schuttenbach and Wynton Marsalis at the NEA Jazz Masters luncheon, October 2009. Photo by Tom Pich Katja von Schuttenbach is the NEA's Jazz specialist, working on projects including the annual NEA Jazz Masters selection and celebration (and reminding us that...
April 15, 2010 Washington, DC Jason Schupbach. Photo courtesy of Mr. Schupbach Photo courtesy of Jason Schupbach This May Jason Schupbach will join the NEA as the Director of Design. Having held posts as the Creative Economy Industry Director at the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and...
April 9, 2010 Washington, DC Earlier this afternoon Rocco and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke on the topic "A Well Rounded Education in the 21st Century" at the opening plenary session of the spring national forum of the Arts Education Partnership . In his first major public speech on...

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