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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Art Works is the weekly podcast produced 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 Tuesdays. Find out more at

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

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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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Quick Study--a podcast about research in the arts from the National Endowment for the Arts

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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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Revisiting Kelly Church (Ottawa/Pottawatomi) 2018 National Heritage Fellow and Black Ash Basket Maker talks about sustaining and expanding an arti...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Through multi-media, Arlo Iron Cloud seeks an accurate representation of Lakota people, culture, and traditions.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, KZUM, WMPG, and RADIOLEX

  • Added: Nov 21, 2021
  • Length: 28:44
  • Purchases: 4
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Hill Country Blues Musician, Songwriter and 2021 National Heritage Fellow Cedric Burnside talks about bringing his musical roots to the 21st centur...

Bought by WMPG and Spokane Public Radio

  • Added: Nov 15, 2021
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Ukulele workshop for veterans and military families at Veterans and the Arts Initiative at George Mason University. , Credit: Dr. Niyati Dhokai
Program Director of the Veterans and the Arts Initiative at George Mason University Niyati Dhokai talks about creating an intergenerational communi...

Bought by WMPG, Spokane Public Radio, and RADIOLEX

  • Added: Nov 05, 2021
  • Length: 28:46
  • Purchases: 3
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Louie Pérez the co-founder, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter for 2021 National Heritage Fellow Award-winning band Los Lobos talks about keepin...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio

  • Added: Nov 02, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Open Style Lab's Grace Jun works on garment design concepts at NYU Langone Health’s Initiative for Women with Disabilities, Credit: Open Style Lab
A conversation about disability design from an overview to disability design in practice

Bought by WMPG, KZUM, RADIOLEX, and Spokane Public Radio

  • Added: Oct 23, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Snehal Desai, Credit: Courtesy of East West Players
Snehal Desai talks about producing new Asian-American, socially-conscious theater at East West Players

Bought by KZUM, RADIOLEX, and Spokane Public Radio

  • Added: Oct 19, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 3
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Marisel Vera talks about unpacking the history of late 19th century Puerto Rico for her novel “The Taste of Sugar.”

Bought by RADIOLEX and KZUM

  • Added: Oct 12, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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A conversation with YA and children’s author Kate DiCamillo about reading and writing.

Bought by KZUM, RADIOLEX, and Spokane Public Radio

  • Added: Oct 05, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Folklorist, film producer, and co-artistic director of the Bronx Music Heritage Center Elena Martínez talks about the Latin music in the streets of...

Bought by KZUM, WMPG, RADIOLEX, and Spokane Public Radio

  • Added: Sep 27, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4