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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469 Pieces

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 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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12 Pieces

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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5 Pieces

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

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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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Once known as the "Black Broadway," U Street is again a vibrant cultural place in the city, as evidenced by Arena Stage's smash production of Sophi...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2011
  • Length: 25:58
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Author Amy Tan talks about her first novel, The Joy Luck Club, her relationship with her mother, and the art of writing.

  • Added: Jul 26, 2011
  • Length: 27:50
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Carlisle Floyd talks about his extensive career in opera, including writing some of his most famous pieces, Susannah, Of Mice and Men, Willie Stark...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2011
  • Length: 29:55
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David Baker discusses his immersion into jazz, from playing to composing to teaching.

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2011
  • Length: 26:46
  • Purchases: 1
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2009 NEA National Heritage Fellows, The Birmingham Sunlights, discuss the creation of their group and their unique "Birmingham sound."

  • Added: Jul 26, 2011
  • Length: 25:40
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Recipient of the 1997 NEA/Seaver Conductors Award, Alan Gilbert discusses his first year as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic

  • Added: Jul 25, 2011
  • Length: 28:50
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Rajiv Joseph talks about developing and writing his play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Theater.

  • Added: Jul 25, 2011
  • Length: 22:14
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Star of stage and screen--and winner of just about every performance award--National Medal of the Arts recipient Rita Moreno talks about her life a...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2011
  • Length: 28:06
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The archival voice of Merce himself defining the art of dance! Radiohead! Need we say more.

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2011
  • Length: 22:53
  • Purchases: 1
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Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center. It's in the heart of the Bronx, and considered one of New York City's best-kept secrets.

  • Added: Jul 25, 2011
  • Length: 12:42