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Here I am during the Theater That Matters session at this year's Aspen Ideas Fest. Photo by Dan Bayer I closed out June and kicked off July at the Aspen Ideas Festival , which is just what it sounds like: a convening of leading thinkers in particular subjects. It’s an exchange of ideas---...
It's a great day for American literature! Today, the NEA announced $1 million in funding for the 2012-2013 Big Read . As we toast our 78 new grantees, we thought it would be a good time to remember the core message of the program: that reading can change lives, change minds, and change...
NEA Director of Arts Education Ayanna Hudson. Photo by Gregory Gilmer Ayanna Hudson. Photo by Gregory Gilmer After 23 years of living in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Boston, DC native Ayanna Hudson is finally returning to her hometown. Hudson begins today as the NEA's new director of arts...
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), under the U.S. Department of Commerce, recently announced that goods and services sold to tourists and travelers reached $814 billion in 2011. Travel and tourism, it should be noted, is not a unique economic industry. Rather, it consists of the share of output...
In this week's podcast, we celebrate the Fourth of July by visiting one of the great collections of American art. With curator Sarah Cash as guide, we learn what went into the making of the American art wing at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. As the first dedicated art museum in...
Contemplating Jasper Johns by flickr user a tea but no e Did you know that the idea to start painting flags apparently came to Jasper Johns in a dream? Did you know that history has a soft spot for jazz hands? When Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards turned the story of our country’s founding...
Image of cassette tapes used courtesy of Seth Illys on WikiMedia Commons One of the most frustrating things about compelling interviews is editing. Often there is so much great video or audio (aka "tape ," in the parlance of audiophiles) that a lot of wonderful sound and images get cut...
Waterlilies by Barbara Ernst Prey. Watercolor, 28" x 40". Getty Museum. Photo courtesy of the artist. It's summertime, which means more sunshine, more beach time, and more time to enjoy the arts. In anticipation of today's convening of the National Council on the Arts (which we...
This week's podcast is the second part of our interview with Klezmer clarinetist, Mandolin-player, composer, and 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow, Andy Statman . While Statman is a musician who wears many hats brilliantly, he was honored with a National Heritage Award primarily for his work in...
Construction Zone by flickr user Matt Mansfield When people talk about research being catalytic, they tend to downplay the chemical nature of the reaction: sparks will fly. At the NEA, Chairman Rocco Landesman has relied heavily on research and evaluation to guide new policies and programs. Of...

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