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In this week's podcast, Marna Stalcup takes us into the thinking behind The Right Brain Initiative , an innovative educational program from Portland, Oregon's Regional Arts & Culture Council. The goal of The Right Brain Initiative is to ensure that all children in the Portland...
This is the fourth summer that museums throughout the land are reaching out to military families and inviting them in as honored guests. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, some 2,000 museums will forego admission fees for the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard...
When it comes to water cooler talk, conversation generally centers around last night’s game, next summer’s vacation, or the latest office gossip. But a few years ago at Facebook, a series of comments on an internal message board (the modern version of a water cooler) led to a headier...
In this week's podcast, we meet 2011 NEA Opera Honoree Robert Ward. When Ward passed away last April, the world of opera lost one of its most remarkable composers. However, Ward didn't limit himself to composition: he spread his talents throughout the musical realm, working as a music...
In this week's podcast, we meet Terry Tempest Williams. Over the course of her 14 books, Williams has been celebrated for writing about the environment in poetic language that reads like a literary text. She's been described by Donna Seaman in Booklist as an author who is, "Scientific...
Here's a podcast to mark the finals of the NEA's national recitation competition Poetry Out Loud, which took place this week---and a big shout-out to the new champ, Langston Ward! In the past few weeks leading up to the competition, I've been giving a lot of thought to memorizing poetry...
This week's podcast is a conversation with the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Adam Johnson. We're proud to say that Johnson is an old friend: he was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in 2010. Since we were already familiar with his work, we weren't surprised to learn...
Simply put, Antonio Sanchez is a musician's musician. He has played alongside some of the greatest musicians in modern jazz, including Danilo Perez , Chick Corea , and Paquito D'Rivera , and has been an integral part of every project Pat Metheny has undertaken in the past 13 years. Of...
Today, the NEA announced $350,000 in support of 17 new research grants , which offer innovative new ways to measure the value and impact of the arts in the U.S. While descriptions of all our new grantees can be found online , we thought we’d take a closer look at a project from West Chester...
For Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Pérez, jazz isn’t so much a form of music as it is a way of life. Born and raised in Panama, Pérez began studying music at the age of three with his father, who worked as a singer and bandleader. He went on to study at the Berklee College of...

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