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.
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.
August 28, 2006 |
Five hours of color footage of writer Eudora Welty has been found in the National Endowment for the Arts media archives, and returned to Mississippi. The footage was shot in 1975 as part of an NEA-funded project. The organization decided the film would best be displayed at the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's home in Jackson's historic Belhaven district, where Welty lived most of her life and wrote almost all of her fiction and essays. Welty died in 2001 at the age of 92.
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.
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.