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Need something to do this weekend while you're waiting to find out who's in the 2014 class of NEA National Heritage Fellows? Might we suggest a podcast or two or eight? (Click on the Heritage Fellows' names to access the full podcast.) "I didn't do it because it was something...
2009 National Medal of Arts recipient and singer/dancer/actress Rita Moreno receives her medal from President Barack Obama at an East Room ceremony at the White House on February 25, 2010. Photo by Richard Frasier. 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient and singer/dancer/actor Rita Moreno receives...
"I can't imagine a world without jazz, and the fact that it's a living, functioning, exciting organism." --- David Baker , 2000 NEA Jazz Master "In the studio, that's a log of your presence. It's an auditory carbon copy of what you hear that someone else shares with...
Washington, DC While we consider Oklahoma! a traditional classic musical, when the Rodgers and Hammerstein show opened on Broadway in 1943, it was quite groundbreaking. It was one of the first musicals in which the songs and dance numbers were as integral to the storytelling as the dialogue. When...
Washington, DC It is all too appropriate that folklorist Judith McCulloh is receiving an NEA National Heritage Fellowship this year---she was on the original panel back in 1981 that recommended that the NEA begin awarding the fellowships! And even more appropriate that she is receiving the Bess...
Washington, DC Summertime, and the living is-well, here in DC it's just plain hot. A good time to get out of town and vacate someplace cooler. And what could be cooler than one of those majestic areas of the United States, the National Parks' Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns certainly thinks...
Washington, DC John Hickenlooper, mayor of Denver since 2003, has been using the arts to increase the city's livability since he took office (and even before). In 2004, he participated in the NEA's Mayors' Institute on City Design, using the session to discuss the design of Denver's...
The Birmingham Sunlights--2009 NEA National Heritage Fellows---draw on the rich heritage of quartet-style singing of Alabama's Jefferson County region, which folklorist Hank Willett calls one of the "most remarkable of Alabama's cultural jewels." The five-man, four-part harmony a cappella gospel...
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 15, 2010 Washington, DC U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan signs books for fans after her reading in the NEA Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the 2009 National Book Festival. Photo by Tom Roster What does U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan think about when she has quiet time? The answer will definitely...