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."
September 29, 2006 |
President Bush plans to nominate Dana Gioia for another four-year term as head of the National Endowment for the Arts. Gioia has served as chairman of the agency, which provides public support for the arts, since February 2003. He is the author of numerous poetry books and has compiled several literary anthologies.
June 9, 2006 |
The National Endowment for the Arts will funnel $680,000 this year to programs in Los Angeles County that help bring the arts to school-age children. The biggest of the 17 grants, $85,000, goes to the county arts commission to help fund an artist-in-residence program that's part of Arts for All, a larger attempt to establish arts education as a fundamental part of the curriculum in the county's 80 school districts.
May 9, 2006 |
Uncle Sam wants you to join a book club. The National Endowment for the Arts has created "The Big Read," a program that will sponsor community reading groups throughout the country. Like the NEA's "Poetry Out Loud," a national competition that was formed last year, the new initiative is a response to the organization's 2004 study, "Reading at Risk," which reported a dramatic rise in nonreading.
November 18, 2005 |
The National Endowment for the Arts and the publisher of Poetry magazine have organized a national poetry reading competition for high school students, with the winner receiving a $20,000 college scholarship. "Poetry Out Loud: The National Recitation Contest" expands on a pilot program for which competitions were held last year in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
December 26, 2004 |
Government bucks for the arts were scarce in 2004 -- not even Laura Bush could get what she wanted. In January 2004, the first lady put her weight behind a new cultural wheel that was supposed to roll through all 50 states: She announced her husband's proposal for an $18-million boost in the National Endowment for the Arts, the biggest increase in 20 years.
November 19, 2004 |
After discovering that 59 million Americans voted to reelect a demonstrably failed president largely because he related to their culture and values, Democrats spent about a week desperately casting about for some social issue to chuck overboard so they could get right with middle America. Alas, after running through the usual list, they decided that they weren't prepared to abandon abortion or gay rights and had all but given up on gun control anyway, so there wasn't much they could do.
November 6, 2004 |
Former big band leader Artie Shaw is among seven artists who have been named National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters. Since 1982, the endowment has awarded the title to a handful of living jazz musicians and promoters to recognize their contributions to the music form. Those honored also include guitarist Kenny Burrell, clarinetist-saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, composer Slide Hampton, singer Shirley Horn, keyboardist Jimmy Smith and jazz impresario George Wein.
January 30, 2004 |
President Bush is proposing a big funding boost to the National Endowment for the Arts, an agency that once was a favorite target of Republicans. The money would go for a new program to give Americans an up-close look at their arts heritage. The $18-million increase, a 15% hike in the NEA's funding, would be the largest in years. Last year, Congress increased the agency's funding to $122.5 million, up from $115.7 million but still well below what the agency received 25 years ago.