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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. Recent interviews include 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, 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

Luis Tapia

Sculptor, Hispano Woodcarving Tradition, and 2023 National Heritage Fellow

Making Art Happen

Adrienne Arsht, Philanthropist and Debbie Shapiro, Artistic Director of the Marie Rader Presenting Series at Rowan University

Dr. David Fakunle

Storyteller, Public Health Advocate, and Professor

Recent Quick Study Podcasts

Quick Study: September 21, 2023

In this episode of Quick Study, we consider the job outcomes and experiences of arts graduates during and before the pandemic.

Quick Study: July 20, 2023

In this episode of Quick Study, we examine a case study about a community performing arts program for people with dementia and their caregivers.

Quick Study: June 15, 2023

In this episode, we look at a new research report on racial/ethnic and gender diversity in the orchestra field.