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headshot of Dolly Jacobs

Photo by Barbara Banks

Circus Aerialist and 2015 National Heritage Fellow

Most kids run away from home to join the circus. For Dolly Jacobs, it was a family affair.

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Headshot of Kevin McKenzie

Phot by Fabrizio Ferri

Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre

They got the first grant from the NEA back in 1965 and are celebrating their own long history.

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Felipe Herrera headshot.

Photo courtesy University of California-Riverside

U.S. Poet Laureate and NEA Literature Fellow

The new poet laureate of the United States and two-time NEA fellow calls for everyone's heart to speak out.

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Dan Sheehy headshot

Photo by Ashlee Duncan

2015 Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellow

A life in the folk and traditional arts.

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Sara Colangelo posing with a night cityscape behind her.

Photo by Shlomo Godder

Director and screenwriter

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

Founder and Editor of Highway

How a writer created the music magazine he wanted to read.

President and CEO of New World Symphony

Reimagining the presentation of classical music.

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Jackie Dempsey and Steve O’Hearn headshots

Jackie Dempsey and Steve O’Hearn
Artistic Directors of Squonk Opera

Find out about the artistic exuberance that is Squonk Opera.

Disability/Arts Advocate

Equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor.

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Rebecca Makkai

Photo by Philippe Matsas

2014 NEA Literature Fellow

From beautifully crafted short fiction to page-turning gothic novels, Rebecca Makkai puts art at the heart of her work.

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Wayne Henderson

Photo by Tom Pich

Luthier, guitarist, and 1995 National Heritage Fellow

Wayne Henderson on his distinctive guitars and his distinctive sound.

NEA Director of Music and Opera

Meet a woman who crawled under barbed wire to get on a professional stage.

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Headshot of Donal Sanders

Photo by Andrew H. Walker
 

Director

Ensemble for the Romantic Century blends chamber music with fully staged dramas and changes both theater and concerts in the process.

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Headshot of Jilann Spitzmiller

Photo by Genevieve Russell

Filmmaker

Still Dreaming documents octogenarian actors taking on Shakespeare at the Lillian Booth Actors' Home.

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AlHaj headshot

Photo by Jim Gale

Oud-player, composer, and 2015 National Heritage Fellow

Speaking the universal language of music.

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