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Headshot of Akua Kouyate-Tate

Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap

Senior Director of Education at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Wolf Trap is integrating art with fundamental science and math learning for young children and the data show significant results.


headshot of Kirsten Greenidge

Photo courtesy of Kirsten Greenidge

Playwright and former NEA/TCG Award-winner

In her new work Baltimore, playwright Kirsten Greenidge grapples with the issue of race on college campuses.


Archie Shepp

Photo by Monette Berthommier

2016 NEA Jazz Master, Saxophonist, and Composer

Archie Shepp shares his musical biography—and his thoughts about the legacy of African-American music.


Faces of two african american male twins

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.


Rashod Ollison

Photo by Hyunsoo Leo Kim

Cultural Critic and Memoirist

In his memoir Soul Serenade, Ollison describes how music was a lifeline during a difficult upbringing.


Lynn Nottage

Photo courtesy of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater


Giving voice to the human cost of workers without work.


Harrell Fletcher

Photo courtesy of Harrell Fletcher


Harrell Fletcher shares his passion for social practice—creative projects in communities that are by, for, and of the residents.


John Adams head shot

Photo by Christine Alicino

Composer, Conductor, and 2009 NEA Opera Honoree

Creating American music that’s intense, sensual, and meaningful.


Kasandra Ver Brugghen head shot.

Photo courtesy of Spy Hop

Executive Director of Spy Hop

 Teaching the next generation of digital artists.


Headshot of Julianna Baggott

Photo by Laura Ciociola


Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders took Julianna Baggott 18 years to write… Julianna discusses how writing 14 other novels in a variety of genres, three collections of poetry, and a children’s series helped her finish Harriet Wolf.

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.


Dave Porter headshot

Photo by Thomas Mikusz

Television and Film Composer

Dave Porter’s iconic music is an essential part of the story: Think Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul.


Wayne Carr headshot

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.


Tazewell Thompson headshot

Photo courtesy of Arena Stage

Director and Playwright

Tazewell Thompson may be wowing critics and audiences with his direction of the opera Appomattox, but he’s an equally brilliant theater director and playwright.

Charleston Mayor and 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient

After 40 years, Mayor Riley steps down, leaving a legacy that demands art and beauty in the everyday.