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"If you're doing it right, it's all inspired work." —Marc Bamuthi Joseph Author Jack London once wrote, “Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club.” These words imply what most artists already know: that inspiration is not a divine...
It’s rare that an NEA grantee doubles as one of Salon.com’s sexiest men alive. But for anyone who has read Justin Torres’s debut novel We the Animals , it’s clear that this is a rare writer indeed. Published in 2011, We the Animals is the story of how a pack of three young...
We love reading our favorite writers on the page, but seeing their faces on the street? Now that’s a special pleasure all its own. So feast your eyes on what happens when street art gets literary, and check out the unique ways Big Read authors and others have been used to transform our public...
It ain’t always easy to get recognition as an artist, particularly in Washington. We’ve got plenty of memorials for presidents and world leaders, and there’s no shortage of statues portraying generals on horses. But only one musician has been commemorated with a statue of his own...
To those that have been following what is going on in the creative placemaking corner of the arts world, there are probably a lot of questions at the moment about what the NEA's next steps will be regarding our creative placemaking work. In the spirit of openness and oversharing, I want to let...
Well, it was quite a show! Last night's 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert was filled with incredible music, moving tributes, and spectacular collaborations between jazz's rising stars and master musicians. Although the webcast will soon be archived online, we thought we'...
Well, tonight's the night you've all been waiting for: the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert. Before you tune into our webcast — broadcast live from Jazz at Lincoln Center at 7:30 p.m. EST — we thought we'd introduce you to Soledad O'Brien, who will be co...
Like peanut butter and jelly or red wine and cheese, music and books are often enhanced when enjoyed together. So with the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert coming up on Monday, we thought it would be fun to pair our Big Read books with what felt like complementary jazz tunes. Have...
"The genesis to actually being a jazz player came from my desire to change notes in other people's music." -- 2014 NEA Jazz Master Keith Jarrett Today's our final video tribute to the 2014 class of NEA Jazz Masters featuring master pianist Keith Jarrett ! Don't forget to join...
"Good players will say--don't specialize or focus on one kind of music. Do it all!" -- 2014 NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis Today we're celebrating 2014 NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis , a master bassist and educator. Join us to celebrate the entire class of 2014 NEA Jazz Masters on...

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