National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts The NEA 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.

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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of trombonist and 2007 #NEAJa...
05/12/2021

It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of trombonist and 2007 #NEAJazzMaster Curtis Fuller.

View our full statement: https://go.usa.gov/xHHZc

It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of trombonist and 2007 #NEAJazzMaster Curtis Fuller.

View our full statement: https://go.usa.gov/xHHZc

“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the ...
05/12/2021
National Endowment for Arts Announces Second Round of Grants for FY 2021

“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations reengage fully with partners and audiences." — NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers

Today we're excited to announce a second round of
National Endowment for the Arts grants for FY 2021! More than $88 Million will be distributed to organizations in all states and jurisdictions.

For its second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2021, the National Endowment for the Arts announces more than $88 million in recommended grants to organizations in all 50 states and jurisdictions.

"Doing something through Cave Canem that starts to enact a change, or change the perception of how we look at the landsc...
05/11/2021
Everything is Better with a Beat: A Conversation with Poet Cornelius Eady

"Doing something through Cave Canem that starts to enact a change, or change the perception of how we look at the landscape of American poetry, how those voices operate is, to me, the best activism I could possibly do in my life."

Poet and musician Cornelius Eady speaks with NEA Music and Opera Director Ann Meier Baker about the music of jazz poetry.

As arts organizations begin to reopen, how important will it be for them to consider the demographic + income characteri...
05/06/2021
The Diversity of Performing Arts Audiences: Weighing Organizational Factors and Business Decisions

As arts organizations begin to reopen, how important will it be for them to consider the demographic + income characteristics of their communities to inform future business practices? Let's see what the research has to say...

A report published a year ago today predicted that community members after the pandemic will crave more interaction around shared cultural experiences. Yet it is also true that, in serving this need, arts groups will grow increasingly reliant on the communities themselves. How will the demographic a...

Visual artist Mequitta Ahuja joins us on the National Endowment for the Arts podcast to talk about how she approaches po...
05/06/2021
Mequitta Ahuja

Visual artist Mequitta Ahuja joins us on the National Endowment for the Arts podcast to talk about how she approaches portraiture, art-making as a form of grieving, and being inspired by "the uncool parts of art history."

Painter Mequitta Ahuja re-visions self-portraiture.

We're pleased to join Blue Star Families to announce the return of #BlueStarMuseums for summer 2021. Art, science and hi...
05/06/2021
Blue Star Museums

We're pleased to join Blue Star Families to announce the return of #BlueStarMuseums for summer 2021.

Art, science and history museums, children’s museums, zoos, gardens, lighthouses, and more in all 50 states plus DC, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are registered to participate.

The program runs May 15-Sept 6, 2021. Visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums throughout the summer to browse a list of participating organizations.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

“When you go through all the avenues of the child—mind, body, spirit & heart—you get full learning.”Take a look at how t...
05/04/2021
In Utah, Dance and Learning Move Side by Side

“When you go through all the avenues of the child—mind, body, spirit & heart—you get full learning.”

Take a look at how the Side-by-Side Dance Residency Program from Tanner Dance at the University of Utah brings academic topics to life for elementary school children while introducing children to the concepts of movement and the joy of dance. #ArtsatWork

Using movement to explore concepts like the water cycle, the Side-by-Side Dance Residency Program from Tanner Dance at the University of Utah adds an entirely new dimension to elementary school curricula, bringing academic topics to life while introducing children to the concepts of movement and the...

Are you ready to poetry OUT LOUD?Join us this Sunday, May 2 for the 2021 Poetry Out Loud National Semifinals! Meet the s...
04/30/2021
Who will be the 2021 Poetry Out Loud National Champion?

Are you ready to poetry OUT LOUD?

Join us this Sunday, May 2 for the 2021 Poetry Out Loud National Semifinals!

Meet the students and find the complete schedule in the program book at arts.gov/poetry-out-loud where the broadcast starts at noon ET!

This May, 55 finalists—one from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa—will advance to compete ...

Pacing, rhythm, & style – just a few things jazz and poetry have in common!Check out today’s blog about Cityof Asylum's ...
04/30/2021
Grant Spotlight: City of Asylum's Jazz Poetry Festival

Pacing, rhythm, & style – just a few things jazz and poetry have in common!

Check out today’s blog about Cityof Asylum's Jazz Poetry Festival, which brings together poets & jazz musicians from around the world.

Language, rhythm, and emotion are essential elements to both jazz and poetry. While poets use words to communicate and jazz musicians their instruments, both embody their message through performance.

How Do You Get to Poetry Out Loud?
04/29/2021
How Do You Get to Poetry Out Loud?

How Do You Get to Poetry Out Loud?

Three-time Poetry Out Loud national finalist and current Harvard U student Nicholas Amador gives us a behind the scenes look at competing in the program.

Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announces more than $52 million in funding for state and jurisdictional arts ...
04/29/2021
First Phase of American Rescue Plan Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Announced

Today, the National Endowment for the Arts announces more than $52 million in funding for state and jurisdictional arts agencies and regional arts organizations, the first recommended awards of the American Rescue Plan (ARP). These funds are designed to support the arts sector as it recovers from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guidelines and application materials for a second phase of American Rescue Plan funding that will be awarded directly from the Arts Endowment to nonprofit arts organizations are expected to be available in June 2021 pending review.

The National Endowment for the Arts announces the first awards from the American Rescue Plan to state, jurisdictional, and regional arts organizations to support their funding programs.

We're excited to announce the 2021 winners of the Poetry Ourselves competition, which gives Poetry Out Loud: National Re...
04/29/2021
2021 Poetry Ourselves Winners Announced

We're excited to announce the 2021 winners of the Poetry Ourselves competition, which gives Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest state and jurisdictional champions a chance to highlight their own original poetry.

Congratulations to Virginia's Azhane Pollard who came first in the spoken word category and Montana's Brady L. Drummond, who came first in the written category.

The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to share the 2021 winners of the Poetry Ourselves competition, a second competition open to the Poetry Out Loud state and jurisdictional champions to highlight their original poetry.

Five Ways to Help Your Kids Learn to Appreciate Jazz
04/27/2021
Five Ways to Help Your Kids Learn to Appreciate Jazz

Five Ways to Help Your Kids Learn to Appreciate Jazz

We asked father, jazz aficionado, and NEA Public Affairs team member Don Ball to share his top tips for helping young listeners to appreciate jazz.

Did you know that we're just under two weeks away from the Poetry Out Loud National Semifinals! on May 2? On the blog, w...
04/21/2021
Poetry Out Loud: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Did you know that we're just under two weeks away from the Poetry Out Loud National Semifinals! on May 2?

On the blog, we're taking a look back at past national champions who share with us how participating in the program changed them for the better.

Poetry Out Loud national champions reflect on how participating in the program changed their lives for the better.

When the Doctor Prescribes Poetry
04/18/2021
When the Doctor Prescribes Poetry

When the Doctor Prescribes Poetry

“This crisis affects more or less everyone, and poetry can help us process difficult feelings like loss, sadness, anger, lack of hope.”

As you may already know, the National Endowment for the Arts has more than a few working artists on staff. Today we're t...
04/16/2021
She Had Some Books: An Interview with Poet and NEA Literary Arts Specialist Katy Day

As you may already know, the National Endowment for the Arts has more than a few working artists on staff. Today we're turning the spotlight on Literary Arts Specialist Katy Day who manages the NEA's Literature Fellowships program.

A published poet, Katy's work has appeared in A Smartish Pace, Slice Magazine, The Rumpus, among many other outlets. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada University where she received the Exceptional Manuscript Scholarship.

On the blog, get to know Katy a little better by way of her book stash.

So many books, so many questions for poet and NEA Literary Arts Specialist Katy Day.

04/16/2021

TONIGHT!

In partnership with SFJAZZ we're presenting the virtual 2021 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert on Thursday, April 22 at 8pm ET hosted by #NEAJazzMaster Dee Dee Bridgewater & actor Delroy Lindo with opening remarks by Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff!

Thank you to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for inviting us to participate in the Earth Day virtual even...
04/15/2021
A Passion for the Planet: Art and Science in Concert

Thank you to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for inviting us to participate in the Earth Day virtual event, A Passion for the Planet: Art & Science in Concert.

We hope you'll join National Endowment for the Arts Chief of Staff Ra Joy & others on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5pm ET for this essential conversation.

Click through for information on how to register for this free event and other details.

Join the National Museum of Natural History and Hybrid Vigor Music in celebration of Earth Day 2021 with A Passion for the Planet: Art and Science in Concert. At the convergence of art and science is a powerful message about the climate crisis. Scott Wing, Research Geologist and Curator of Paleobota...

No one understands the importance of Jazz Appreciation Month like our A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters!Today on the blog, ...
04/15/2021
Making a Place for Jazz

No one understands the importance of Jazz Appreciation Month like our A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters!

Today on the blog, we’re highlighting some of the jazz advocates who have fought for a place for jazz and jazz musicians, including Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein and Newark’s First Lady of Jazz, Dorthaan Kirk of WBGO.

Get to know them: https://go.usa.gov/xHWrE

Reflect on the impact of some of nation's greatest jazz advocates.

A new report published today, WE-Making: How Arts & Culture Unite People to Work Toward Community Well-Being, shows that...
04/15/2021
New Report Examines the Role of Arts and Culture in Fostering Social Cohesion and Community Well-Being

A new report published today, WE-Making: How Arts & Culture Unite People to Work Toward Community Well-Being, shows that place-based arts and cultural practices can help grow social cohesion to encourage community well-being.

Get the story: https://go.usa.gov/xHWKF

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation announce new report on arts and culture, social cohesion, and community well-being.

To celebrate World IP Day, on April 26 NEA Research Director Sunil Iyengar will join this Copyright Office-hosted discus...
04/14/2021

To celebrate World IP Day, on April 26 NEA Research Director Sunil Iyengar will join this Copyright Office-hosted discussion of the importance of small and medium businesses in copyright, the economy, and our culture.

Details/registration: https://www.copyright.gov/events/creative-business/

To celebrate World IP Day, on April 26 NEA Research Director Sunil Iyengar will join this Copyright Office-hosted discussion of the importance of small and medium businesses in copyright, the economy, and our culture.

Details/registration: https://www.copyright.gov/events/creative-business/

In what way(s) do you think poetry and/or the arts in general can save lives?#TuesdayThought #NationalPoetryMonth
04/13/2021

In what way(s) do you think poetry and/or the arts in general can save lives?

#TuesdayThought #NationalPoetryMonth

In what way(s) do you think poetry and/or the arts in general can save lives?

#TuesdayThought #NationalPoetryMonth

Making Music Visible: Singing in Sign
04/12/2021
Making Music Visible: Singing in Sign

Making Music Visible: Singing in Sign

A new project is producing sign language covers of 10 seminal musical works recorded by Black female artists.

We're excited that the Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be taking place virtually for the first time ever in the pro...
04/08/2021
Celebrate National Poetry Month with Poetry Out Loud!

We're excited that the Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be taking place virtually for the first time ever in the program's 16-year history on May 2 and May 27 at arts.gov. In case you've forgotten how immensely talented these teens are, on the NEA blog we're featuring a round-up of recitations from some of the 2020 POL participants. #NationalPoetryMonth

To celebrate Poetry Out Loud, here's a bouquet of recitations by students who competed in Poetry Out Loud in 2020.

NEWS!For the first time the Poetry out Loud National Finals will be held virtually! 55 high school students from each st...
04/08/2021
Poetry Out Loud National Finals Broadcast May 2 and 27, 2021 at Arts.gov

NEWS!

For the first time the Poetry out Loud National Finals will be held virtually! 55 high school students from each state, DC, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa will compete for the top prize May 2 (semis) and May 27 (finals).

This May, 55 finalists—one from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa—will advance to compete in the Poetry Out Loud national finals, which will be available through a webcast at arts.gov/poetry-out-loud.

“If only recovering the silenced history// is as simple as smashing its container: book,/ bowl, celadon spoon. Such obje...
04/06/2021

“If only recovering the silenced history// is as simple as smashing its container: book,/ bowl, celadon spoon. Such objects cross// borders the way our bodies never could.”

Revisit our podcast interview with Sally Wen Mao—including Mao reading her poem "Occidentalism"— on the blog.

“If only recovering the silenced history// is as simple as smashing its container: book,/ bowl, celadon spoon. Such objects cross// borders the way our bodies never could.”

Revisit our podcast interview with Sally Wen Mao—including Mao reading her poem "Occidentalism"— on the blog.

Calling all high school songwriters! We're now accepting submissions to the 2021 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge. ...
04/06/2021

Calling all high school songwriters!

We're now accepting submissions to the 2021 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge. This national contest is for high school students with a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production and the wide range of musical styles represented in contemporary musicals. for high school students w/ a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater work. Submit by May 17, 2021.

Get the details: https://go.usa.gov/xHrZc

Calling all high school songwriters!

We're now accepting submissions to the 2021 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge. This national contest is for high school students with a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production and the wide range of musical styles represented in contemporary musicals. for high school students w/ a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater work. Submit by May 17, 2021.

Get the details: https://go.usa.gov/xHrZc

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