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NEA Art Works Podcast

The agency’s podcast series contains audio interviews with arts leaders from across the country on arts issues of interest. Interviews have included curator Amanda Burdan of the Brandywine Museum of Art on the Votes for Women: A Visual History exhibition; visual artist and disability rights advocate Gordon Sasaki on the importance of the Americans with Disabilities Act; and Randall Kline, then-executive artistic director of SFJAZZ, on their new approach to the performing arts during a pandemic.

The podcasts also include interviews with artists on their craft, such as poet Adrian Matejka on his book The Big Smoke about the boxer Jack Johnson, musical theater writer Michael R. Jackson on his Pulitzer Prize-winning work A Strange Loop, and documentary filmmaker Charlotte Mangin on her series Unladylike 2020.

Interviews also include artists honored by the Arts Endowment, such as NEA Jazz Masters Sonny Rollins and Maria Schneider and National Heritage Fellows Theresa Secord and William Bell, as well as National Medal of Arts recipients from Stan Lee to Rita Moreno.

In addition, the NEA also produces the Quick Study audio feature series, which uses research to explore the arts sector and to demonstrate the arts’ value in everyday life.

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Recent Arts Works Podcasts

Shanna Lin

Director of Education and Violin/Viola Teaching Artist at the Paterson Music Project (PMP)

Revisiting Lillian Faderman

LGBT and Ethnic Scholar and Author

Kate Shindle and Greg Reiner

President of Actors' Equity and NEA Director of Theater & Musical Theater

Recent Quick Study Podcasts

Quick Study: May 16, 2024

In today's episode of Quick Study, we review findings from Jennifer Novak-Leonard’s study of postsecondary degree-holders in the arts, focused on career outcomes, including satisfaction with jobs and training.

Quick Study: April 18, 2024

In this episode of Quick Study, we learn how leaders of a global network of arts and cultural districts regard their influence on community health and well-being.

Quick Study: March 21, 2024

A Special Edition of "Quick Study"—a discussion moderated by Sunil Iyengar between National Endowment for the Arts Chair Maria Rosario Jackson and U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Santos about the mutually reinforcing roles of the arts and the social sciences, and about artists' contributions to trust-building and community engagement.