Meredith Monk. Photo copyright Peter Ross 2009

Meredith Monk has been an innovative artistic force for over 45 years. She moves among the disciplines of voice, dance, theater, and film with fluidity and ease. In this excerpt from the NEA podcast, Meredith Monk shares her thoughts on innovation and creativity with Josephine Reed. [11:17]

2010 NEA Jazz Masters Bobby Hutcherson and Muhal Richard Abrams, 2003 NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath, and 1994 NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal.
New York, NY

January 10, 2012
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Previously-inducted NEA Jazz Masters join the 2012 class of Jazz Masters for a pre-concert photo shoot. FRONT ROW (left to right): Jimmy Scott, Candido Camero, Frank Wess, George Wein, Chico Hamilton, Curtis Fuller, Gerald Wilson, Roy Haynes, Jon Hendrick
New York, NY

Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
January 10, 2012

Musician Bruce Springsteen laughs as he reacts to poet Robert Pinsky and author Wesley Stace on stage at the Words and Music Festival, 2010.  The backdrop is a WAMFEST poster with images of participating artists.

The Words and Music Festival, or WAMFest, takes place annually at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. David Daniel designed this Festival as a way to shine a light on the unique relationship between popular culture and scholarship. Past contributors include a diverse group of...

A large group of people sit on steps, playing their guitars.

While living in France, Aaron Friedman experienced Fête de la Musique -- a day-long summer solstice celebration in French cities large and small in which amateur and professional musicians take to the streets. Friedman was struck by how the event went beyond a traditional music festival to become "a massively participatory musical holiday. It had this kind of spirit like a...

The 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellows.

NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony at the Capitol Visitors Center September 21, 2011.

Frank Newsome opens the concert with the hymn "Beulah Land." Photo by Michael G. Stewart

NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, on September 23, 2011.

Frank Newsome opens the banquet with a hymn. Photo by Tom Pich

NEA National Heritage Fellowships Banquet at the Library of Congress on September 21, 2011.

A farm scene with chickens in the foreground and a large barn with a silo in the background.

The Wormfarm Institute in Sauk County, Wisconsin, is rural creative placemaking at its best. It's a 40-acre organic vegetable farm and creative hub, begun 15 years ago by two artists (Jay Salinas and his partner Donna Neuwirth). While the two Chicago-born and bred artists had a lot to learn about farming, they brought with them a deep appreciation of culture in all its forms and a real...

Nine large birds in shades of blue and grey stretch their wings in flight, reaching together towards the upper right corner. Behind and below them is the patchwork of cultivated fields in golds, greens, and reds.

Dave Loewenstein is a muralist, writer, and printmaker living in Lawrence, Kansas. His richly colored and collage-like murals make public spaces more interesting and vibrant not just throughout Kansas, but also in places such as Arizona, Mississippi, and even Northern Ireland.

Given the very public nature of his work and the highly collaborative and community-based process he employs,...