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May 2012

"On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of Polish-American musician and bandleader Eddie Blazonczyk. Blazonczyk not only innovated a new sound for polka that melded several traditional styles, but his...
NEW YORK, NY - Today, Blue Star Families announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,600 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty...
“On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellow and musical innovator Chuck Brown. The 'Godfather of Go-Go,' Brown is one of the few musicians to create a new genre of...
Washington, DC -- Out of a field of 365,000 students, Kristen Dupard, a high school senior from Ridgeland, Mississippi, has won the 2012 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman and Poetry Foundation President John...
Washington, DC -- NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman will visit Greensboro, North Carolina; Jackson and Port Gibson, Mississippi; and Macon and Atlanta, Georgia, May 6–9, 2012, as part of his Art Works tour. In each city, Landesman will meet with arts organizations and arts and...

April 2012

Washington, DC -- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the NEA plans to award 928 grants totaling $77.17 million to not-for-profit organizations nationwide. These grants support exemplary projects in arts education, dance, design,...
Washington, DC -- On May 10, the Brookings Institution and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will co-host "The Arts, New Growth Theory, and Economic Development" a symposium with leading economists that will explore theories on the role of art and culture in...
Washington, DC -- From Moscow, Idaho, to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 53 students from across the country will converge in Washington, DC on May 14-15, 2012 to compete in the National Finals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, the nation's largest youth poetry...
To keep pace with the 21st-century news cycle, traditional journalism has had to rapidly evolve in order to stay relevant. In the days of cultural blogs and Tweet seats, arts journalism is no exception. Three new models designed to strengthen local arts coverage will soon launch...
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...

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