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Out of more than 310,000 Poetry Out Loud competitors nationwide this academic year, there could only be one National Champion. Georgia senior Samara Elán Huggins claimed that title at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals last week, with powerful recitations that earned her top marks from the judges...
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...
"We are never doing anyone any favors by withholding our gifts from the world. It's scary to be fierce, but you can't compromise that for fear of losing those around you." -- Idina Menzel Are you a musical theater fan? Join us April 23 at 6pm ET on arts.gov to watch the live webcast as 7 fierce...
Last night at the Kennedy Center we celebrated the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters--Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, and Dianne Reeves--with a stellar line-up of talent including both established and emerging jazz musicians. From Cecile McLorin Salvant and Helen Sung to Christian McBridge and NEA...
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...
If you have a love for jazz and want to “be a part of the musical conversation”—like 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves—then April might just be your favorite month! In 2001 the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in order to celebrate...
"The arts push us to new frontiers of innovation. They open our eyes to new ways of seeing, thinking, and doing. And they are a means for creating the world we all want to live in, where everyone has access to new opportuities and the chane for their dreams to be realized." -- Jane Chu Looking for...
Happy National Poetry Month! We thought this would be a great time to introduce the two newest poets added to our NEA Big Read library: Adrian Matejka and Alberto Ríos . Both poets are poet laureate of their state (Matejka in Indiana and Ríos in Arizona). They’re fierce believers in poetry’s place...

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