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When you work at the NEA, rummaging through old photo files feels like leafing through a scrapbook of the country’s artistic history. In honor of Black History Month, we’ve pulled together a few stunning examples of work done by African-American artists whom we’ve funded through...
This week's podcast is a lively conversation with Meredith Monk, who has been an innovative artistic force for over 45 years. Moving among the disciplines of voice, dance, theater, and film with fluidity and ease, Monk continues to enchant and surprise. “I work in between the cracks,...
Anna Tsouhlarakis. Photo courtesy of the artist Anna Tsouhlarakis. Photo courtesy of the artist Let's be clear about one thing: though Anna Tsouhlarakis is a Native artist, you won't find beadwork, feathers, or images of buffalo in her work. Instead, she explores themes of Native identity...
FloydFest's Dreaming Creek Main Stage, constructed with the help of local Virginia timber framing companies, hosts an evening set by former Band member Levon Helm. Photo by Roger Gupta. Cover design by Nancy Bratton Design In the new issue of NEA Arts , we're taking a look at just a few of...
A festival-goer enjoying the 2011 National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia
When Atlanta's first National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) was held in 1988, the city had no Tyler Perry or OutKast. Kenny Leon was just coming into prominence as the new...
Enthusiastic concertgoers at the tenth anniversary of FloydFest in Floyd, Virginia
"Floyd, Virginia is a place out of time ," said Kris Hodges, co-founder and producer of FloydFest , the epic, homegrown festival that blossoms in the small Blue Ridge Mountains...
Jon Hinojosa with students from Say Si. Photo courtesy of Say Si Jon Hinojosa with students from Say Si. Photo courtesy of Say Si “We believe that each student that joins our program is there not only to gain wisdom but to impart wisdom.” – Jon Hinojosa Jon Hinojosa is the...
A 2004 performance of Julie Jensen’s play Wait! at Perseverance Theatre, an NEA grantee in Douglas, Alaska. Rocco caught up with Perseverance's executive artistic director, Art Rotch, during his whirlwind tour of Alaska. Photo courtesy of Perseverance Theatre Last week I was in Alaska as...
This week's podcast introduces us to two of the 2011 National Heritage Fellows: Roy and PJ Hirabayashi , the founders of San Jose Taiko. The couple combines the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with musical and cultural influences from around the world. San Jose Taiko merges music with...
The original CSPS Hall (top), built in 1891, has been restored by Legion Arts. Below, the building during the renovation process. Top photo coutesy of Legion Arts; bottom photo by Mel Andringa For a multidisciplinary presenting organization dedicated to contemporary, cutting-edge art, Legion Arts...

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