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This week's podcast is a conversation with 2003 Jazz Master Jimmy Heath . Heath is a triple threat: a great saxophonist, a dynamic composer, and an innovative arranger. During his career, he has performed on more than 100 record albums, including seven with The Heath Brothers and 12 as a band...
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...
NACAP student composers from Chinle High School work out their compositions with composer-in-resident Raven Chacon. Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon Music Fest Today at the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama presented a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to the Grand Canyon Music...
Translation by Xi Chuan and Katie Schulze Xi Chuan during his visit to the U.S. for the Push Open the Window book tour. Photo by Katie Schulze "Thought is like flying, though flying gives you vertigo,/ which is why I don't always want to be in thought." --- Xi Chuan, from "...
Dance Theatre of Tennessee took part in a Swan Lake Pop-Up as part of Artober Nashville. Photo by Rebecca Berrios Throughout the month of October we have asked the public to nominate arts organizations for a spotlight feature on our Facebook page. Nominated organizations have ranged from local arts...
Zombie pop art. Based on the photo Zombie Head 2 by flickr user welovethedark Today, the NEA is pleased to announce a $50,000 Our Town grant for the town of Dead End. A unique artist enclave in the Afterworld, Dead End will use its grant money to further enhance the spiritual life of its residents...
Aszure Barton & Artists performing Barton's Blue Soup . Photo by Don Lee, courtesy of the Banff Centre Move over David Letterman, we have our own top ten list! In our new research note Artists and Arts Workers in the United States we unearthed some surprising facts about the 2.1 million...
This week's podcast celebrates opera in America and the 2011 NEA Opera Honorees who are receiving their award tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Washington DC’s Harmon Hall. (It’s going to be webcast live--- click here to join us ). The NEA’s partner in the awards ceremony is OPERA...
Aaron Dworkin. Photo by Mike Mouradian "Every challenge is an opportunity for artistic creativity...." --- Aaron Dworkin This past August, Aaron Dworkin was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the newest member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body to the NEA. An accomplished...
The 2010 Supreme Court luncheon. Bottom row (l-r): Eve Queler, David DiChiera, Martina Arroyo, Philip Glass. Top row (l-r): Justice Kagan, Justice Scalia, Justice Ginsburg, Justice Kennedy, NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shikegawa. Photo by Michael G. Stewart After months of preparation, the 2011...

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