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A Rite of Spring at One Hundred brochure, featuring an image of Béjart Ballet Lausanne performing Le Sacre du printemps. Image courtesy of Carolina Performing Arts This morning, the NEA announced 928 new grants , totaling $77.17 million in funding. Congratulations to all our new grantees, and thank...
For a guy who likely never advanced beyond grammar school, who made up words, and was once called an "upstart crow" by a critical peer, Shakespeare's done pretty well for himself. Almost certainly the most produced playwright of all time, and likely the most quoted as well, the Bard...
This week's podcast begins our celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month with a conversation with legendary pianist and 1994 NEA Jazz Master, Ahmad Jamal . Jamal plays the piano with both subtley and virtuosity. As Miles Davis put it, Jamal allowed the "music to breath," and this use of...
Recently, I attended one of the workshops associated with the rollout of a new book , Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of Art . The book includes results of “intrinsic impact” research commissioned by Theatre Bay Area and conducted over the last two years. It also...
Girlstories Leadership Theatre participants perform their summer production of The Dream We Dare. Photo by Fran Powers The first time we featured Girlstories Leadership Theatre (GLT) on the Art Works blog , the Tampa-based organization had just received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program...
This month on Art Works we're catching up with some artists and arts organizations that we've previously been featured on the blog and in other NEA publications to ask, "What are you up to now?" Brooklyn-based visual artist---and Brooklyn Soda Works co-founder---Caroline Mak...
1989 NEA National Heritage Fellow (and National Medal of Arts honoree) Earl Scruggs, whose three-finger style of banjo picking helped elevate the popularity of bluegrass music, passed away last week. To celebrate his art, the Country Music Hall of Fame shared with us a clip of Scruggs with Lester...
Pencils by Jacson Querubin thanks to a Creative Commons license Little over a year ago, the National Endowment for the Arts published a research report titled Arts Education in America: What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation [PDF]. As the title suggests, authors Nick Rabkin and Eric Hedberg...
This week's podcast is the perfect bridge between Women’s History Month and Jazz Appreciation Month: it’s a conversation with legendary singer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. Jordan grew up with her grandparents in Pennsylvania’s coal-mining country. In high school,...
Louisa May Alcott’s Bedchamber, where Little Women was written on the small half-moon desk between the two front windows in 1868. Images courtesy/used by permission of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. To many Americans, Concord, Massachusetts, may be familiar as the site of the...

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