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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Quick Study, the monthly podcast from the National Endowment for the Arts. This is where we’ll share stats and stories to help us better understand...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2021
  • Length: 06:08
Caption: Michael R. Jackson, Credit: Zack DeZon
Michael R. Jackson takes us through the making of A Strange Loop his prize-winning musical about a Black queer musical theater writer.

Bought by KZUM, WMPG, and RADIOLEX

  • Added: Jun 07, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Jenny Koons
Jenny Koons talks about making diverse site-specific immersive theater.

Bought by WMPG and RADIOLEX

  • Added: May 27, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Ethan Heard, Credit: Stanley Bohorek
Ethan Heard and Heartbeat Opera re-visions opera for the 21st Century.

Bought by RADIOLEX and Harford Community Radio

  • Added: May 23, 2021
  • Length: 28:55
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Mequitta Ahuja, Portrait of Her Mother, oil on canvas, Credit: Courtesy of the artist
Visual artist Mequitta Ahuja joins us on the podcast to talk about how she approaches portraiture, art-making as a form of grieving, and being insp...

Bought by KWMR, WMPG, and Harford Community Radio

  • Added: May 07, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Credit: Emma Pratte
Poet and playwright Darrel Alejandro Holnes explores immigration and belonging through poetry and theater.

Bought by WORT, WMPG, and KZUM

  • Added: May 03, 2021
  • Length: 28:42
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Camille Dungy, Credit: Beowulf Sheehan
Award-winning writer and two-time NEA Literature Fellow Camille T. Dungy discusses her work as an ecopoet.

Bought by KZMU Moab Community Radio and KZUM

  • Added: Apr 18, 2021
  • Length: 29:17
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Albert "Tootie" Heath, Credit: Ghylian Bell and Mychal Watts
Percussionist Tootie Heath shares the rhythms of a Jazz Master.

Bought by KZUM

  • Added: Apr 11, 2021
  • Length: 28:53
  • Purchases: 1
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