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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Director Timothy Johnson talks about bringing the brilliant work of Harlem Renaissance playwright Eulalie Spence to the stage.

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2023
  • Length: 28:57
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Caption: Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson
Chair Maria Rosario Jackson looks back at her first year leading the Arts Endowment and shares her ideas, plans, and initiatives for the year ahead.

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  • Added: Feb 13, 2023
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Dr. Nicole Fleetwood, Credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Art historian, curator, and 2021 MacArthur Fellow, Dr Fleetwood discusses the profound significance of the art created by incarcerated people.

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  • Added: Feb 07, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Alan Lightman, Credit: Courtesy of “Searching: Our Quest for Meaning in the Age of Science”
Author and MIT physicist Alan Lightman explores the similarities between artistic and scientific impulses.

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2023
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Carolyn Mazloomi, Credit: GAle Zucker
Quilter, Curator, and 2014 Bess Lomax 2014 Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellow for Advocacy in the Folk and Traditional Arts, Dr. Carolyn Maz...

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  • Added: Jan 24, 2023
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Kevin Wilson, Credit: Leigh Anne Crouch
Author of the NEA Big Read title Nothing to See Here Kevin Wilson discusses the serious issues at the heart of this outrageous (and outrageously fu...

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  • Added: Jan 17, 2023
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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
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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.

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  • Added: Dec 14, 2022
  • Length: 28:56
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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.

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2022
  • Length: 28:56
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