December 28, 2007 |
The National Endowment for the Arts will get a 16% budget increase in 2008, to $144.7 million, under an appropriation bill signed this week by President Bush. The funding boost continues a gradual upward trend for the agency during the Bush administration, recouping precipitous losses under President Clinton.
November 19, 2007 |
NEW YORK -- The latest National Endowment for the Arts report draws on a variety of sources, public and private, and essentially reaches one conclusion: Americans are reading less. The study, "To Read or Not Read," is being released today as a follow-up to a 2004 NEA survey, "Reading at Risk," that found an increasing number of adult Americans were not even reading one book a year.
August 30, 2007 |
The National Endowment for the Arts will partner with XM Radio to bring literature to satellite radio with the launch of "The Big Read on XM," a series airing audio versions of classic novels in 30-minute installments. The series, based on the federal arts agency's national reading program of the same name, premieres Sept. 10 on Sonic Theater (XM Channel 163), the channel devoted to audio books and contemporary theater.
April 25, 2007 |
The Pacific Chorale and the organizers of "Craft in America," a seven-city touring exhibition that opened recently in Little Rock, Ark., are the only L.A.-area recipients reaping six-figure support in a round of federal grants announced Tuesday by the National Endowment for the Arts.
April 24, 2007 |
The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga will get $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for programs aimed at introducing Southland students in grades 5-12 to "The Tempest" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
February 19, 2007 |
From West 111th Street, Lennox's Moffett Elementary School could be mistaken for an underground military weapons depot. A driveway passes through a gray metal fence, then curls up onto the paved roof of the building. At the southwest side, broad brick stairs funnel pedestrians to the school doors, and grassy earth is banked up against the southeast wall, forming yet another fortress in a neighborhood of bungalows behind forbidding fences and grated windows.
November 2, 2006 |
A new report by the National Endowment for the Arts on arts attendance and how it relates to volunteerism shows Americans 18 to 34 increasingly tuned out from the arts and the broader community. The brief report, "The Arts and Civic Engagement," was culled from a Census Bureau telephone survey of some 17,000 adults, conducted in 2001-02.
November 1, 2006 |
The Downey branch of the Los Angeles County Public Library is one of 72 organizations nationwide that will receive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its Big Read program, in which communities are encouraged to join in reading and discussing one particular book. The book that the Downey library will be sponsoring for a month next year is Ray Bradbury's novel "Fahrenheit 451."
October 10, 2006 |
Big-band leader Toshiko Akiyoshi, pianist Ramsey Lewis and vocalist Jimmy Scott were among those selected by the National Endowment for the Arts as the newest jazz masters, the nation's highest jazz honor. "The jazz world has come to regard the NEA Jazz Masters Award as its equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, who revealed the names of the seven jazz masters for 2007 at a weekend concert of the Duke Ellington Festival.