National Endowment for the Arts

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  • Location: Washington, District of Columbia

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

Pieces

Caption: Bora Yoon, Credit: Leslie Van Stelte.
Bora Yoon talks about building the sonic design of her album Sunken Cathedral.

  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: 28:30
Caption: Julie Otsuka, Credit: Robert Bessoir
Julie Otsuka’s first novel When the Emperor Was Divine explores her family’s history in the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.

  • Added: Jul 11, 2014
  • Length: 28:30
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Two conversations with NEA Jazz Masters. First up, drummer Roy Haynes. He's followed by musician, composer, and bandleader Gerald Wilson.

  • Added: Jul 03, 2014
  • Length: 29:29
Caption: Seamus Connolly, Credit: Lee Pellegrini, Boston College
It's a tuneful podcast as we go to the heart of Irish music with 2013 National Heritage Fellow Seamus Connolly.

  • Added: Jul 03, 2014
  • Length: 28:29
Caption: Jane Chu, Credit: Courtesy of the Kauffman Center for the Arts
Jane Chu shares her ideas for the agency and the place of art in her own life.

  • Added: Jun 20, 2014
  • Length: 28:29
Caption: Art Force: Cross Currents Civic Exhibition, Credit: Courtesy of Art Force
Art-Force: Artists revitalizing rural manufacturing.

  • Added: Jun 12, 2014
  • Length: 28:30
Caption: Boukman Eksperyans, Credit: Courtesy of LEAF
For Jennifer Pickering, all art is both local and global and LEAF is that philosophy in action.

  • Added: Jun 05, 2014
  • Length: 28:30

  • Added: Jun 03, 2014
  • Length: 28:29
Caption: Dinaw Mengestu, Credit: Michael Lionstar
The author discusses the latest Big Read pick, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, his novel about an Ethiopian exile in a gentrifying Washingt...

  • Added: May 29, 2014
  • Length: 28:29
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Behind the scenes of “Sending Messages,” the award-winning monthly podcast produced by incarcerated youth.

  • Added: May 15, 2014
  • Length: 28:30
Caption: David Mura, Credit: Courtesy of American Program Bureau, Inc.
Poet, Writer and Spoken-Word Performer David Mura uses his considerable talents as a poet, novelist, memoirist and performer to explore what it me...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2014
  • Length: 27:29
Caption: Shailja Patel, Credit: D. Ross Cameron
With a trunk full of her mother’s saris, Kenyan author and performer Shaija Patel reclaims a lost history.

  • Added: Apr 11, 2014
  • Length: 29:28
Caption: Sherrie Maricle and Diva, Credit: Shaun Mader
Sherrie Maricle has played with Jazz legends, leads an all-woman big band, and forges new roads for woman in jazz.

  • Added: Apr 03, 2014
  • Length: 29:28
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In Translation: Verónica Castillo expands a traditional Mexican art form, the Tree of Life, to express the need for social justice in the 21st cent...

  • Added: Mar 28, 2014
  • Length: 26:04
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2011 NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan talks about her life in jazz. [34:48]

  • Added: Mar 24, 2014
  • Length: 34:49
Caption: Anthony Braxton, Credit: Photo by Michael G. Stewart
Anthony Braxton may be considered avant garde but he embraces all musical traditions

  • Added: Mar 21, 2014
  • Length: 40:46
Caption: Keith Jarrett, Credit: Rose Anne Colavito
Pianist Keith Jarrett - letting the music happen.

  • Added: Mar 21, 2014
  • Length: 34:27
Caption: Jeff Orlowski, Credit: courtesy of Chasing Ice
Jeff Orlowski goes to the Arctic to film James Balog’s documentation of the rapidly disappearing glaciers. We hear all about it.

  • Added: Mar 21, 2014
  • Length: 30:20
Caption: Jen Masengarb, Credit: courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation
Jen Masengarb explains Chicago's rich architectural legacy and CAF’s role in bringing it public awareness.

  • Added: Mar 20, 2014
  • Length: 24:52
Caption: Tope Folarin, Credit: David Fleming
Tope Folarin becomes the first writer born outside of Africa to win the Caine Prize with his short story set in Texas in an evangelical Nigerian ch...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2014
  • Length: 28:24