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.
April 22, 2005 |
The National Endowment for the Arts has scaled back a new initiative to send the best of American culture around the country and is starting with a tour only of visual arts. Earlier plans included dance and music components. Among those selected to participate in the first year of "American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius" is the Phillips Collection.
February 9, 2005 |
While the president's proposed 2006 budget slashes hundreds of domestic programs, cultural groups do relatively well. The National Endowment for the Arts is a prime example. Since the early '90s, it has had a seesaw relationship with Congress and the White House. Ten years ago Republicans loudly called for its elimination. But the administration of President Bush has been gentler.
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.
December 15, 2004 |
The National Endowment for the Arts will award $1.7 million through 171 grants in its Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grants program. The grants, announced today by the federal arts agency, include 18 awards of $10,000 each to California arts organizations. Many of the grants bring arts activities to underserved populations whose access is "limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability."
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.