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 program 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.


Caption: Bobby Fulcher, Credit:  Sarah Terpstra Hanson
State Park Manager Bobby Fulcher has spent 40 years uncovering the local culture of the Tennessee Cumberlands.

  • Added: Jan 10, 2023
  • Length: 29:01
Caption: Allison Orr, Credit: Jonica Moore
Founder and Artistic Director of Forklift Danceworks Allison Orr talks about the community-based dance company and its many collaborations.

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  • Added: Jan 02, 2023
  • Length: 28:16
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Cedric Burnside, Credit: Stephen Payne
Hill Country Blues Musician, Songwriter and 2021 National Heritage Fellow Cedric Burnside talks about bringing his musical roots to the 21st century.

Bought by WSLR, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., KMUN, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and more

  • Added: Dec 14, 2022
  • Length: 28:56
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Leonard Bernstein at the Opening of West Side Story, Washington DC, Aug. 1957, Credit: Library of Congress Archives
Composer, conductor, and commentator Rob Kapilow takes us on a musical journey through Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway career.

Bought by KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., WMPG, WDCB, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., and KZUM

  • Added: Dec 13, 2022
  • Length: 28:56
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Renee Watson, Credit: NAACPO
What goes into writing for young adults? In this 2019 interview, prize-winning author and educator Renée Watson shares a few ideas!

  • Added: Dec 06, 2022
  • Length: 29:02
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Navajo/Diné Textile Artist and Weaver and 2022 National Heritage Fellow TahNibaa Naataanii talks about the way of life that is Navajo/Diné weaving

  • Added: Nov 29, 2022
  • Length: 29:01
Caption: Kelli Jo Ford, Credit: Val Ford Hancock
Kelli Jo Ford (Cherokee) discusses her novel Crooked Hallelujah which gives us the stories of four generations of Cherokee women and the love, supp...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, WMPG, RADIOLEX, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., and KZUM

  • Added: Nov 21, 2022
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Theresa Secord, Credit: Steve Wewerka
We are celebrating Native American Heritage Month and National Heritage Award by revisiting Penobscot Nation Ash/Sweetgrass Basketmaker and 2016 Na...

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2022
  • Length: 28:29
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Kevin Locke, Credit: Courtesy of Kevin Locke
The late Kevin Locke talks about learning, performing, and teaching Lakota culture and traditions around the world.

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and KZUM

  • Added: Nov 01, 2022
  • Length: 28:58
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Dr. Tee Ford-Ahmed, Credit: Naima Wolfe
Director of Communications for the Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society in Athens Ohio Dr. Tee Ford-Ahmed talks about repurposing a vacan...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WSLR, RADIOLEX, KMUN, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and more

  • Added: Oct 25, 2022
  • Length: 28:56
  • Purchases: 6