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Ask someone to name a classical musician, and they'll likely reel off names such as Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, or Tchaikovsky. Ask them to name a classical musician from the 21st century however, and the task might become a little more difficult. Yo-Yo Ma , however, is an exception. Since...
This week's podcast features M. Evelina Galang, who writes short stories, novels, and essays and directs the MFA creative writing program at the University of Miami. Her books include the story collection, Her Wild American Self and the novel One Tribe, which won the 2004 AWP Prize in the novel...
Julie Watai is a performance artist and idol in Japan and Italy who is forging a connection between the fashion world of Shibuya and the technology world of Akihabara. She declared at a recent symposium that young people no longer go to museums, and that it is important for them to have an entry...
A few weeks ago, we had the chance to sit down with two of the newest members of the National Council on the Arts, David “Mas” Masumoto and Maria Lopez de Leon . As we chatted, it became clear that the arts formed a common thread between Masumoto and de Leon despite their very different...
Aman Mojadidi has described himself as an “Afghan by blood and redneck by the grace of God." It's a great line---memorable and funny---and one that got us hooked on his TED talk . An American of Afghan descent, Mojadidi was born and raised in Florida and has lived in Afghanistan for...
In this week's podcast , we meet Mary Zimmerman. Zimmerman is an acclaimed director known throughout the theater world for her visually arresting and innovative work. With her lyrical storytelling and dazzling staging in works such as The Odyssey , The Arabian Nights , Secrets in the Wings ,...
Video games have long been a part of American youth and entertainment culture. But recently, there has been debate about whether they are part of our country's artistic canon as well. In the latest issue of NEA Arts , we look at some of the more fascinating projects that bring art and...
While relatively unknown to the American public, the recent passing of Shomei Tomatsu left the photography world grieving. The January 2013 obituary from The Guardian for Tomatsu called him one of “the most influential Japanese photographer[s] of the postwar era.” Tomatsu grew up as...
Amanda Detmer and Sanaa Lathan in the West Coast premiere of Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, which uses the Internet to expand the main character's persona. Photo by Michael Lamont In our new issue of NEA Arts , we look at some of the incredible projects that have resulted...
Kickstarter founders, from left right: Charles Adler, Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler. Photo by Jon Vachon In the latest issue of NEA Arts , we look at some of the more interesting projects that marry technology and the arts. One of the most successful examples of this marriage is Kickstarter, which...

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