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A collection of quotes about why the arts matter.
A brief intro to the 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellows.
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...
Few books are more associated with jazz than The Great Gatsby , which so evocatively captures the extravagance of The Jazz Age—a term author F. Scott Fitzgerald himself coined. So when director Baz Luhrmann transferred the story to the silver screen in 2013, the music played as important a role as...
Photos from last night's #NEAJazz 15 Concert Celebration!
A few years ago as we prepared to celebrate #NEAJazz12, we asked NEA Jazz Master Wynton Marsalis, bandleader and NEA National Council on the Arts member Irvin Mayfield, Jazz Appreciation Month Program Director Joann Stevens, and others to share their favorite songs. This playlist represents most of...
Some ideas for helping your kids to fall in love with jazz.
We're celebrating National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month with a look at works of poetry influenced by jazz.
Since April is not only Jazz Appreciation Month but National Poetry Month, we decided to merge the two. Below are five jazz songs and albums inspired by poetry, two of which tap the genius of Big Read poets. Gentian by Tomoko Ozawa Although pianist and composer Tomoko Ozawa isn’t the first musician...

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