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While we're grateful for artists every month, we're particularly thankful in this month when we take time off from "real life" to count our blessings large and small. In today's post NEA staffers reflect on some artists to whom they'd like to give a big old THANK YOU! Don...
New NEA Music and Opera Director Ann Meier Baker pens an open letter to the piano teacher who taught her the importance of failure.
Jason Schupbach
When directors at the NEA were given the ability to host convenings on topics of our choice, I jumped at the opportunity to work with my performing arts and presenting...
A preview of a YouTube playlist featuring pop, jazz, and folk musicians we've spoken to for the Art Works blog.
It's a well known fact that a little Renee Fleming makes everything better. And she's just one of the artists on our Art Talks Playlist: Strings + Voices, which features musicians who've joined us on the Art Works blog. Here are a couple of songs to get you started. Click through to...
As I get to the end of my first quarter as NEA Chair, I’ve been thinking about how the arts foster creativity for the current generation of arts leaders, and also what we need to foster creative leadership for future generations. What defines a creative leader? What skill sets does that...
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...
"Art matters because it is the one true great connector in a world that seems to be very unconnected, and it's important now more than ever to shine a huge light on that connectivity that we have, that we often forget." -Josh Groban You can read the full interview with Josh Groban...
“The arts belong to us all, and there is a menu of options of ways to be involved in the arts. That's what's so great about the arts.” – Jane Chu Jane Chu has had a busy August making her first official Art Works visits as NEA Chair. Starting close to home, Jane visited...
Until a few years ago, San Diego’s Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) had no music program to speak of: the school district had cut music education from most of its 45 schools, and no longer employed a full-time music instructor. As a result, organizations like the San Diego Youth...

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