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The arts can engage all our senses, but it’s in the crossover between them that things really get interesting. When we listen to music, what do we see in our mind’s eye? When we look at a work of art, what do we hear? Sound Thoughts on Art, a new podcast from the National Gallery of Art, explores the intersection of sight and sound.

Hosted by musician and journalist Celeste Headlee, each episode focuses on a work of art in the National Gallery’s collection. Learn about the work and its context and hear a musician respond to that work through sound, creating a dialogue between visual art and music. Sound Thoughts on Art tells the stories of how we experience art and how it connects us.

Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google PodcastsSpotify or Stitcher.

Stay tuned for the second season of Sound Thoughts on Art—coming fall 2021!

Episodes: Season 1


Celeste Headlee

Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, professional speaker, and author. An expert on conversation and reclaiming common humanity and well-being, she focuses on neuro- and social science to understand how we relate with one another. Headlee is also a classically trained soprano who has performed around the nation and the granddaughter of William Grant Still, known as the Dean of Black American Composers.

Headlee is a regular guest host on NPR and American Public Media. Her TEDx Talk “Sharing 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation” has over 23 million views, and she is the author of We Need To Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter.

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