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Award-winning cartoonist and Big Read author draws the lines of absurdity

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Photo by Reed Hummell

Executive Director of Metro Nashville Arts Commission

Creating places for the arts and for artists

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Author and 2004 NEA Literature Fellow

Justin Cronin brings his post-apocalyptic Passage trilogy to a close with The City of Mirrors.

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photo credit: Jessica Suworoff, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution

Director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art

Dr. Cole’s mission is to inspire a love of art especially in girls from under-represented communities.

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Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills. Photo courtesy of the Delaware Division of the Arts

The Twin Poets Laureate of Delaware

Poets and social workers, the twins’ primary audience have been Wilmington’s underserved children.

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Nonprofit Musician/Composer Collective

A half-century of musical innovation and self-determination, told by AACM co-founder (currently AACM-New York president) and 2010 NEA Jazz Master Muhal Richard Abrams, current AACM-Chicago chairman Ernest Dawkins, and AACM member and 2014 NEA Jazz Master Anthony Braxton.

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Photo Courtesy of the Folger Theatre

Actor/ Company Member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

From Pericles to Tupac Shakur, Wayne Carr embodies fully-realized characters on the stage.

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Photo by Shlomo Godder

Director and screenwriter

Her debut feature film Little Accidents takes us into the heart of a coal-mining town.

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Photo by Adam Nadel

Theater director, playwright, and video artist

Ping Chong, a visionary citizen-artist and six-time NEA grantee, connects racial history to our current unrest in his recent play, Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America.

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What happens when innovative medical practitioners join with a lively arts community?

Find out from Maria Jukic, executive director of Cleveland’s Clinic’s Arts and Medicine Institute and Tom Schorgl, director of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.

Photo by Lee Pellegrini, Boston College
Photo by Lee Pellegrini, Boston College

2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow

It's a tuneful podcast as we go to the heart of Irish music with Seamus Connolly.

Jane Chu
Photo by Strauss Peyton Studios

Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts

NEA Chairman Jane Chu talks about her ideas for the agency and the place of the arts in her own life.

Veronica Castillo
Photo by Michael G. Stewart

Clay Artist, 2013 National Heritage Fellow

In Translation: Verónica Castillo expands a traditional Mexican art form, the Tree of Life, to express the need for social justice in the 21st century.

Kathy Connell
Photo by Mark Hill/TBS

Executive Producer of the SAG Awards

Here’s a peak at the Screen Actors’ Guild or SAG Award--the show where actors honor actors. [27:58]

Daisy Castro
Photo courtesy of the Castro Family

Gypsy Jazz Violinist

16 year-old Daisy Castro gets to the heart of gypsy jazz. [28:00]

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