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.


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We revisit my conversation with Karen Ann Hoffmann Iroquois raised bead worker and 2020 National Heritage Fellow. She takes traditional art and rei...

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  • Added: Aug 27, 2021
  • Length: 28:56
  • Purchases: 3
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Ford’s Theatre commemorates the anniversary of 9/11 with Come From Away: In Concert at the Lincoln Memorial. We speak with Producer Sue Frost and D...

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Virtuoso drummer and 2021 NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington talks about career and her advocacy for “jazz without patriarchy.”

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, New England Public Media, and KZUM

  • Added: Aug 20, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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This episode, we explore a new study that contributes to growing empirical evidence about the value of an arts education.

  • Added: Aug 19, 2021
  • Length: 07:32
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Arts Education and its singular role as students begin another Covid-impacted school year with Ayanna Hudson, director of Arts Education at the Nat...

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2021
  • Length: 28:21
  • Purchases: 4
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With the new school year upon us, the National Endowment for the Arts shares how arts education can play an important role in helping students tra...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2021
  • Length: 06:36
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This week is a bit different: the podcast is divided into two parts with one subject: investing in the creative economy with Laura Callanan, foundi...

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  • Added: Aug 10, 2021
  • Length: 28:54
  • Purchases: 5
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Director David Henry Gerson talks about The Story Won’t Die—his documentary about Syrian artists in exile.

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2021
  • Length: 28:48
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Osage Ribbon worker, multi-media artists and 2021 National Heritage Fellow Anita Fields tells the stories of her nation through her art.

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  • Added: Jul 27, 2021
  • Length: 28:51
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Katie Bowler Young talks about the life and work of artist Enrique Alférez.

Bought by KFAI Minneapolis, RADIOLEX, and Spokane Public Radio

  • Added: Jul 13, 2021
  • Length: 28:59
  • Purchases: 3