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June 2014

This afternoon, the United States Senate voted to confirm Jane Chu as the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. The White House is expected to make the official appointment in the coming days and Chu will begin her appointment shortly thereafter. Senior Deputy...

May 2014

It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Maya Angelou. A poet, actress, activist, and teacher, Ms. Angelou was awarded a 2000 National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton. Many will speak of Maya Angelou's...
WASHINGTON, DC – NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa and Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet announced the fifth annual launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than...
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Joe Wilder, recipient of a 2008 NEA Jazz Masters fellowship, the nation's highest honor in jazz. A respected and sought after trumpet player, Joe Wilder played with a virtual Who...

April 2014

WHAT: Nine student finalists representing high schools from Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington State, and West Virginia match their skills in reciting classic and contemporary poetry in a contest for the title of National Poetry Out Loud...
WASHINGTON, DC –On Tuesday, April 29, 53 high school students who advanced from poetry recitation competitions in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will gather at Lisner Auditorium to match their skills in reciting classic and...
Washington, DC — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that the NEA plans to award $74.85 million in 971 grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide as part of the second half of its fiscal year 2014 funding. In addition to...
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of weaver Eppie Archuleta, recipient of a 1985 NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
WASHINGTON, DC – The end of National Poetry Month marks the start of the nation’s largest youth poetry recitation competition, as 53 high school students from across the country gather in Washington, DC, on April 29-30, 2014 for the National Finals of Poetry Out Loud...

March 2014

Washington, DC – What are the latest employment figures for working artists—both full-time and their moonlighting counterparts? Keeping My Day Job: Identifying U.S. Workers Who Have Dual Careers As Artists is the third installment in the National Endowment for the...

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