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"I have no idea what my life would have become had I not discovered music." -- NEA Jazz Master Anthony Braxton This week we're celebrating the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters! First up is master multi-hyphenate (saxophonist-clarinetist-flautist-composer-educator-author) Anthony Braxton . Join...
Over 100 years after his death, Mark Twain is still making headlines—and not just in the literary world. Last month , PsyPost.com ran a piece announcing, “New study confirms Mark Twain’s saying: Travel is fatal to prejudice.” The study, first published in the journal Social...
Happy New Year from the NEA Office of Research and Analysis! To start the year off, we wanted to direct you to some of the work that has been trickling into our office over the past year from the FY12 cycle of the Research: Art Works grant program. As an introduction, FY12 was the inaugural year of...
The Art Works blog is on hiatus until January 2nd. We look forward to another great year of art in 2014!
Julie Otsuka’s debut novel , When the Emperor was Divine — one of our new Big Read titles — is a somber and insightful historical narrative of contemporary fiction. In her novel, Otsuka masterfully captures and illuminates the infamous tensions in the United States during 1942...
When it comes to the power of performance space, jazz vocalist Ruth Price could more or less write the book. She spent her career singing at legendary jazz venues such as Birdland, the Village Vanguard, the Black Orchid, and Shelley’s Manne Hole, accommodating her performance to the...
"The fact is one's own voice is not heard anywhere else…. It's a challenge to be yourself. It takes a lot of courage." --Yusef Lateef, 2010 NEA Jazz Master Visit our Jazz Masters page to read the complete interview with Yusef Lateef. And don't forget to join us for the...
“[A]rt works to shake the rickety rafts of my half-truths.” – Kim Coleman Foote Kim Coleman Foote is no stranger to awards--her FY 14 NEA Literature Fellowship joins a long list of honors, including an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, a Pan-African Literary Forum Africana...
It's been a cold and snowy week in Washington, which naturally put us in a wonderful wintry mood (or a cranky, bitter mood, if you're the summer type). To celebrate the fact that it finally feels like winter, we thought we'd share "The Bells," a sweet seasonal poem from Edgar...
“For me, playing jazz is like problem solving, you know, you start improvising and you hit a wall, and then, like, how am I going to get around this wall? And then you do it. But the thing is, you can get around that wall in a million different ways, depending on your experience, your musical...

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