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This year, in honor of the NEA's 50th anniversary, Poetry Out Loud gave state champions the opportunity to showcase their creative writing skills. State champions were invited to submit their own written or spoken word poems, which were judged separately from Wednesday's recitation contest by...
This time next week nine talented teens will be counting down the hours until they compete recitation by recitation to see who emerges as the 2016 Poetry Out Loud Champion. For 2015 champ Maeva Ordaz her win came down to perseverance, determination, and three stellar recitations. Here she is...
2016 NEA Jazz Master Wendy Oxenhorn shares some of her favorite music.
Have you browsed our 50th anniversary website yet? The United States of Arts section features the stories people from across the U.S. have submitted to help celebrate 50 years of the National Endowment for the Arts creating opportunties for all Americans to engage in the arts. Below you'll find...
Video of NEA Big Read: Meet Rudolpho Anaya Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by spending some time with Big Read author Rudolfo Anaya. Visit neabigread.org to learn more about the groundbreaking author and his novel Bless Me, Ultim a.
Artists have always been inspired by the female form. But it doesn’t take an artistic eye to be inspired by the movements and choreography featured in our YouTube Playlist, “ In Performance with Female Dancers & Choreographers. ” The dancers or dance companies featured in these videos have all...
We know a lady never tells her age, but we can't help it--we're excited to be turning 50 this September! And how do we plan to celebrate? By sharing your stories of how the arts have impacted and made a difference in your lives. Whether you want to send us photos, make a video, sing a song, or...
This year four new jazz notables joined the ranks of the NEA Jazz Masters: Carla Bley, Charles Lloyd, George Coleman, and Joe Segal. To celebrate we hosted--with our partners at Jazz at Lincoln Center--the #NEAJazz15 Concert Celebration on April 20, 2015. The following tribute videos debuted at the...
In late January, author Dinaw Mengestu spoke at New York City's Bernie Wohl Center as part of the Goddard Riverside Community Center's Big Read kick-off event. We've excerpted a piece of a longer conversation with host Cary Barbor, where Mengestu delves into the importance of melancholy...
The NEA National Heritage Fellows Concert Celebration is one heck of a good party, and what's a party without music? Not only do legendary traditional artists such as ceramicist Veronica Castillo, sweetgrass basketmaker Mary Jackson, or shipwright Harold Burnham give dazzling on-stage...

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