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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387 Pieces

The Art Works Podcast is produced weekly 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 Thursdays. Find out more at arts.gov

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126 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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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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Author Kiersten White's retelling of the Mary Shelley's classic novel from the point of view of Mrs. Frankenstein.

  • Added: Oct 30, 2018
  • Length: 29:36
Caption: Marion Coleman, Credit: Tom Pich
2018 National Heritage Fellow Marion Coleman tells stories through her quilts.

  • Added: Oct 23, 2018
  • Length: 27:33
Caption: Kelly Church, Credit: Richard Church, Pottawatomi and Ottawa
2018 National Heritage Fellow Kelly Church is an Anishanabe basketmaker who combines a traditional craft with a contemporary eye.

  • Added: Oct 10, 2018
  • Length: 28:56
Caption: Ofelia Esparza, Credit: Mark Markley for “Craft in America”
2018 National Heritage Fellow altarista Ofelia Esparza explains the true meaning of The Day of the Dead.

  • Added: Oct 02, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Don and Cindy Roy, Credit: Molly Haley
French-American music is thriving in Maine and Don and Cindy Roy have a lot to do with that!

  • Added: Sep 21, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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In honor of Bernstein’s 100th birthday (August 25), we turn to Ted Libbey, a music scholar who knew the American icon well. Since there’s so much g...

  • Added: Sep 17, 2018
  • Length: 13:47
Caption: Christine Rodriguez celebrates with a student she is helping apply to college, Credit: Juliane Dressner
Personal Statement takes us into the lives of three public HS seniors who are determined to go to college and take their classmates with them.

  • Added: Sep 12, 2018
  • Length: 29:59
Caption: Pick of the Litter, Credit: KTF Films
The National Endowment for the Arts goes behind the scenes with a documentary about the care and training of guide dogs.

  • Added: Sep 12, 2018
  • Length: 24:54
Caption: Leonard Bernstein, Credit: Al Ravenna, 1955, courtesy of the Library of Congress
After Leonard Bernstein, Broadway was not the same…. Composer and commentator Rob Kapilow shows us why.

  • Added: Sep 12, 2018
  • Length: 43:29
Caption: A design for a puzzle room at MIA
A talk with the folks who are turning the Minneapolis Institute for Art into a Puzzle Room

  • Added: Aug 10, 2018
  • Length: 27:09