National Endowment for the Arts

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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.

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435 Pieces

The Art Works Podcast is produced weekly by the National Endowment for the Arts. It goes behind the scenes with some of the nation's great artists to explore how art works. New shows are posted on Fridays. Find out more at arts.gov

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130 Pieces

NEA Jazz Masters Moments highlight the jazz greats honored through the NEA Jazz Masters, a comprehensive program of jazz support.

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16 Pieces

NEA Literary Moments showcase writers and the literature they create through Big Read Moments, Poetry Out Loud Moments, and Shakespearean Moments.

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This series includes miscellaneous audio from our quarterly magazine, NEA Arts, shorter pieces we've featured on the NEA blog, Art Works, and sound from our series, Short Cuts.

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26 Pieces

The Big Read initiative was created to inspire people to read more great literature. As part of this program, the NEA produced several half-hour audio documentaries to accompany print materials.


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Caption: Mequitta Ahuja, Portrait of Her Mother, oil on canvas, Credit: Courtesy of the artist
Visual artist Mequitta Ahuja joins us on the podcast to talk about how she approaches portraiture, art-making as a form of grieving, and being insp...

  • Added: May 07, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
Caption: Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Credit: Emma Pratte
Poet and playwright Darrel Alejandro Holnes explores immigration and belonging through poetry and theater.

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  • Added: May 03, 2021
  • Length: 28:42
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Terri Lyne Carrington, Credit: Delphine Diallo
Virtuoso drummer and 2021 NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington talks about career and her advocacy for “jazz without patriarchy.”

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  • Added: Apr 27, 2021
  • Length: 28:46
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Camille Dungy, Credit: Beowulf Sheehan
Award-winning writer and two-time NEA Literature Fellow Camille T. Dungy discusses her work as an ecopoet.

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2021
  • Length: 29:17
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Albert "Tootie" Heath, Credit: Ghylian Bell and Mychal Watts
Percussionist Tootie Heath shares the rhythms of a Jazz Master.

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  • Added: Apr 11, 2021
  • Length: 28:53
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Phil Schaap, Credit: Jazz at Lincoln Center
For jazz radio host, educator, producer and archivist Phil Schaap, the music has been a life-long passion and joy.

  • Added: Apr 02, 2021
  • Length: 29:03
Caption: Sally Wen Mao, Credit: Sookoon Ang
Sally Wen Mao’s poetry excavates the burden of spectacle for Asian-Americans.

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2021
  • Length: 28:52
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Tana French, Credit: Jessica Ryan
Acclaimed Irish crime writer Tana French keeps pushing the genre in her latest book The Searcher.

  • Added: Mar 19, 2021
  • Length: 28:47
Caption: Nataki Garrett
Artistic director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival Nataki Garrett speaks about theater’s year of reckoning.

Bought by Harford Community Radio and KZUM


  • Added: Mar 12, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Henry Threadgill, Credit: Nhumi Threadgill
Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and 2021 NEA Jazz Master Henry Threadgill continues his work on music’s cutting edge.

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2021
  • Length: 28:48
  • Purchases: 1