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: Albert "Tootie" Heath, Credit: Ghylian Bell and Mychal Watts
Percussionist Tootie Heath shares the rhythms of a Jazz Master.

Bought by KMUW and KZUM

  • Added: Apr 11, 2021
  • Length: 28:53
  • Purchases: 2
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.

Bought by KZMU Moab Community Radio, KZUM, and KMUN

  • Added: Mar 25, 2021
  • Length: 28:52
  • Purchases: 3
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.

Bought by Harford Community Radio

  • Added: Mar 01, 2021
  • Length: 28:48
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Danielle Evans , Credit:  Beowulf Sheehan
Author Danielle Evans discusses her recent short-story collection "The Office of Historical Corrections."

Bought by KZUM and Harford Community Radio

  • Added: Feb 19, 2021
  • Length: 28:51
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Scott Yoo, Credit: Arcos Film + Music
Scott Yoo is a wonderful guide to the music and the influences of some of the great composers of western classical music on the series "Now Hear This"

  • Added: Feb 12, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
Caption: Wayne Valliere, Credit: Tim Frandy
Culture-bearer and 2020 National Heritage Fellow Wayne Valliere (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) is one of a handful of birch bark canoe builders left in t...

Bought by KFAI Minneapolis

  • Added: Feb 12, 2021
  • Length: 22:30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Rebekah Taussig, Credit: Micah Jones
Teacher and advocate Rebekah Taussig recently published her first book-- Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body.

  • Added: Feb 12, 2021
  • Length: 29:01