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NEA Arts: “The Art of Giving Back: The Blue Star Museums Initiative”

August 10, 2012 Helen Blake, daughter of a Marine Corps aviator, marvels at a crystal during a 2011 visit to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado, a participating Blue Star Museum. Photo by Molly Blake “I think we truly are creating an enormous generation of museum-goers from this, and I […]

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NEA Arts: “Lifting the Spirits: The USO Brings the Arts to the Troops”

August 9, 2012 by Paulette Beete BNA recording artist Kellie Pickler joined the USO in honoring our nation’s real heroes with a week-long Memorial Day USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to the Middle East. Paying homage to those who have fallen, as well as those currently serving on the front lines, Pickler dined with troops and […]

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NEA Arts: “Strike Up the Band! The Bond Between Music and Military”

August 8, 2012 The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight carries their gear through water on an overseas deployment. Photo by Major Richard M. Mench, USAF “I was finishing graduate school as a music major and like most musicians, wanted to work as a performer. The idea of being in a military band had been […]

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The Soul of America: The Arts and the Military

August 6, 2012 About the cover: Lance Corporal Nicholas G. Ciccone by Michael D. Fay, a portrait drawn during their duty in Afghanistan. Ciccone committed suicide in 2003. Courtesy of the Art Collection, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Virginia This week on Art Works we’re featuring stories from the latest edition of NEA […]

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Art Works Podcast: William Wegman

June 7, 2012 Blue Lagoon. Photo by William Wegman In this week’s podcast, we talk with artist William Wegman. Although he is perhaps most famous for photographing his beloved Weimaraners, Wegman is by no means limited to photography—or to dogs for that matter. A two-time NEA Fellow, Wegman has moved fluidly between drawing, painting, and […]

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What is innovation? Find out in the new issue of NEA Arts!

January 31, 2012 Cover design by Josh Neufeld What’s in the newest issue of NEA Arts? Interviews with Julie Taymor, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Chris Miller of Dreamworks Animation, and many more. And don’t miss an original comics panel by Josh Neufeld! Did we mention there are four interviews that you’ll only find only online? […]

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Art Works Podcast: Meredith Monk

January 26, 2012 By Josephine Reed Meredith Monk’s Songs of Ascension being performed in Ann Hamilton’s Tower. Photo by Babeth VanLoo This week’s podcast is a lively conversation with Meredith Monk, who has been an innovative artistic force for over 45 years. Moving among the disciplines of voice, dance, theater, and film with fluidity and […]

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From the Archives: NEA Jazz Master Nat Hentoff on Jazz in the U.S.

January 9, 2012 Tomorrow night we will celebrate our 2012 class of NEA Jazz Masters and 30 years of the NEA Jazz Masters Lifetime Honors. Seems fitting to dip into the archives for this essay from critic, journalist, and producer Nat Hentoff, who received the inaugural A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy […]

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From the Archives: Jazz in the Schools in NEA Arts

January 6, 2012 In 2008 we dedicated our first NEA Arts issue of the year to celebrating the new class of NEA Jazz Masters. In that issue, we also spotlighted our Jazz in the Schools (JITS) curriculum, which had just celebrated its third birthday. Bringing Jazz to a New Generation: NEA Jazz in the Schools […]

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Hot off the Press!

November 4, 2011 FloydFest’s Dreaming Creek Main Stage, constructed with the help of local Virginia timber framing companies, hosts an evening set by former Band member Levon Helm. Photo by Roger Gupta. Cover design by Nancy Bratton Design In the new issue of NEA Arts, we’re taking a look at just a few of the […]

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