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It's only been two weeks since the 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert (wait, what?) and we're already counting down the days to the 2019 celebration! In the meantime, we're going to tape this quote from 2018 concert emcee Martha Gonzalez to our inspo wall and keep this video on repeat (...
When we think of the poet Walt Whitman, we usually associate him with New York or Washington, DC. But Alabama? Not so much. But for filmmaker Jennifer Crandall, formerly a video journalist for the Washington Post , Whitman was exactly who she found herself thinking of as she fell in love with the...
Just under a week from now, one of the songs below will earn its creator (or creators) top honors in the 2018 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for High School Students. The seven talented teens below have set to music everything from a crisis of faith to first love to the zombie apocalypse...
Brush up on your knowledge of the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters--Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, and Dianne Reeves--just in time for Monday night's 2018 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert. Check out our video series to listen in as this year's honorees reflect on their careers in jazz, their...
Can't wait till Monday's 2018 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert? We can help with that! For #ThrowbackThursday revisit some highlights from last year's concert, which honored 2017 Jazz Masters DeeDee Bridgewater, Ira Gitler, Dave Holland, Dick Hyman, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. And don't forget to join us...
Need a little help getting in the St. Patrick's Day spirit? NEA National Heritage Fellows Séamus Connolly , Kevin Doyle , and Billy MComiskey can help with that! Click each name to learn more about each Heritage Fellow's art form, through interviews, audio clips, and more. Now on with the craic!
Sure, we could tell you how transformative it is for teens to participate in Poetry Out Loud, but why don't we just show you? To learn more about the program and to get your school signed up for the 2017-2018 competition, visit poetryoutloud.org . Video of 2016 Poetry Out Loud National Champion...
We're having a Hispanic Heritage Month-inspired #FlashbackFriday this week! Get to know NEA National Heritage Fellows Eva Ybarra (a master conjunto musician) and Modesto Cepeda (a master of bomba and plena music) in these clips from the 2017 NEA Heritage Fellowships Concert. Feel free to chairdance...
Roz Chast has been making America laugh out loud since 1978 when she began drawing for The New Yorker . In her cartoons, illustrated books, and graphic memoirs (her latest, Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York, comes out October 3), she deftly chronicles the oddball nature of being alive in a...
We'd like to think W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, and Eavan Boland would approve of our plan to celebrate this St. Patrick's Day by offering you a sample of Irish poets recorded for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive at the University of Dublin. You can find the entire collection of nearly 300 poems read...

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