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June 2014

The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to announce that Amy Stolls has been appointed director of literature. Since May 2013, Stolls has served as acting director of literature. She will continue to oversee the NEA's grant awards in literature, which includes grants...
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Jimmy Scott, recipient of a 2007 NEA Jazz Masters fellowship, the nation's highest honor in jazz. Jimmy Scott was considered one of the jazz communities best singers, even named by...
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of film legend and 1995 National Medal of Arts recipient Ruby Dee. Actress and civil rights activist, Dee was a strong advocate for African-American actors and film crews, often taking...
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...

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