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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

Reginald “Reggio the Hoofer” McLaughlin Revisited

Tap Dancer and 2021 National Heritage Fellow

Gary Bartz

Saxophonist and 2024 NEA Jazz Master

Revisiting Isabel Wilkerson

Author and 2015 National Humanities Medalist

Recent Quick Study Podcasts

Quick Study: February 15, 2024

In this episode of Quick Study, we look at innovative arts measurement techniques by the cultural agencies of three countries (UK, Canada, and Australia).

Quick Study: January 18, 2024

In today’s episode of Quick Study, we consider evolving public perceptions of artists as community members and change-makers, based on nationally representative survey data.

Quick Study: December 20, 2023

In this episode of Quick Study we discuss what “engagement” means, in the context of nonprofit arts organizations working with audiences, communities, and civic affairs.