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April 2012

Washington, DC -- In 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded more than $13 million in funding through its arts education program. Beginning on July 2, that significant level of support will be guided by Ayanna Hudson, the agency's new director of arts education...
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Irish-American flautist and 1991 NEA National Heritage Fellow Jack Coen. A gifted musician dedicated to bringing the music of Ireland to audiences in the United...
WOONSOCKET, RI – U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced he is bringing the top arts official in the Obama Administration to Woonsocket next week to get a firsthand look at how Rhode Island is using the arts as a tool for economic development, job creation, and urban...

March 2012

Washington, DC -- At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to a new NEA report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four...
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of bluegrass banjo player and NEA National Heritage Fellow Earl Scruggs. Scruggs' development of the three-finger style of banjo picking brought the instrument...
Washington, DC -- The 175th meeting of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body to the National Endowment for the Arts, will take place on Friday, March 30, 2012 from 9:00-11:30 a.m. EDT in room M-09 of The Nancy Hanks Center, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington...
Washington, DC -- The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to welcome Michael Orlove as its new director of presenting and artist communities. Orlove has extensive experience organizing performing arts events, most recently as the director of music programs for the Chicago...
Washington, DC -- The National Endowment for the Arts will welcome Patricia Loiko as its new indemnity administrator. Loiko brings extensive experience in museum administration to the NEA including many years with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Museum of Art at the...
Washington, DC -- NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman will visit Bentonville, Fayetteville, and Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as Topeka and Lawrence, Kansas, March 12–15, 2012, as part of his Art Works tour. In each city, Chairman Landesman will meet with arts organizations and...
"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of 2007 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joe Thompson. Joe played fiddle music in his home community in the Piedmont region of North Carolina for more than 80 years. Most...

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