National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts The NEA is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts -- both new and established, bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education.

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"[W]hen I saw tap I just fell in love with the rhythm, the sound, the movement, and it was love at first sight."We're ex...
09/14/2021

"[W]hen I saw tap I just fell in love with the rhythm, the sound, the movement, and it was love at first sight."

We're excited to have tap dancer & 2021 #NEAHeritageFellow Reginald “Reggio the Hoofer” McLaughlin on the podcast this week! Listen: https://go.usa.gov/xMDF6

"[W]hen I saw tap I just fell in love with the rhythm, the sound, the movement, and it was love at first sight."

We're excited to have tap dancer & 2021 #NEAHeritageFellow Reginald “Reggio the Hoofer” McLaughlin on the podcast this week! Listen: https://go.usa.gov/xMDF6

We're proud to continue our support of The Library of Congress's National Book Festival in 2021, which will feature many...
09/13/2021

We're proud to continue our support of The Library of Congress's National Book Festival in 2021, which will feature many of our NEA Literature Fellows!

The virtual #NatBookFest begins this Friday, Sept. 17. Our full release: https://go.usa.gov/xMjfN

We're proud to continue our support of The Library of Congress's National Book Festival in 2021, which will feature many of our NEA Literature Fellows!

The virtual #NatBookFest begins this Friday, Sept. 17. Our full release: https://go.usa.gov/xMjfN

One of our favorite Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest resources is the virtual anthology of more than 1,000 p...
09/10/2021

One of our favorite Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest resources is the virtual anthology of more than 1,000 poems, where you can find familiar friends and meet new favorites.

Teachers who have used Poetry Out Loud in the classroom, do you have a favorite poem from the anthology? http://poetryoutloud.org

One of our favorite Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest resources is the virtual anthology of more than 1,000 poems, where you can find familiar friends and meet new favorites.

Teachers who have used Poetry Out Loud in the classroom, do you have a favorite poem from the anthology? http://poetryoutloud.org

"Attending an HBCU really opens your eyes to the different ways that people come together and the different things that ...
09/09/2021
First Person: Zephaniah Galloway

"Attending an HBCU really opens your eyes to the different ways that people come together and the different things that we can do."

Meet our HBCU Pathways Intern and 2021 Howard University graduate Zephaniah Galloway on the blog! https://go.usa.gov/xM2UW

NEA HBCU Pathways Intern and 2021 Howard University graduate Zephaniah Galloway shares her experiences with the arts and why she is passionate about working with HBCUs.

"[Come From Away] inspires people to do better, to be better, to reach out to somebody that may be in need."With funding...
09/07/2021

"[Come From Away] inspires people to do better, to be better, to reach out to somebody that may be in need."

With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ford's Theatre will present music from Come From Away on Friday, Sept. 10 at the Lincoln Memorial to honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11. On this week's podcast, we're speaking with Come From Away producer Sue Frost & Ford's Theatre's Director Paul Tetreault about the performance: https://go.usa.gov/xMgNk

"[Come From Away] inspires people to do better, to be better, to reach out to somebody that may be in need."

With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ford's Theatre will present music from Come From Away on Friday, Sept. 10 at the Lincoln Memorial to honor the 20th anniversary of 9/11. On this week's podcast, we're speaking with Come From Away producer Sue Frost & Ford's Theatre's Director Paul Tetreault about the performance: https://go.usa.gov/xMgNk

"What we've tried to do is solve this tremendous problem of access, to make music composition not this thing in an ivory...
09/03/2021
#BacktoSchool Spotlight: Grand Canyon Music Festival Native American Composer Apprentice Project

"What we've tried to do is solve this tremendous problem of access, to make music composition not this thing in an ivory tower that you can't do, but something that's accessible, achievable, and real." — Clare Hoffman, Grand Canyon Music Festival

#BacktoSchool Spotlight: Grand Canyon Music Festival's Native American Composer Apprentice Project helps students gain creative confidence and also provides a platform from which the young composers can give voice to their cultural heritage.

For more than two decades, the Grand Canyon Music Festival Native American Composers Apprentice Project, a long-time Arts Endowment grantee, has empowered student composers in rural Native-American communities to make their voices soar.

We’re excited to announce that the opening event for the 2021 #HBCUWeek conference on Tuesday, September 7 will feature ...
09/03/2021

We’re excited to announce that the opening event for the 2021 #HBCUWeek conference on Tuesday, September 7 will feature a poetry recitation by Saquoya Gorham, a sophomore at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the 2021 Poetry Out Loud Champion for Washington, DC.

Register for the virtual conference: https://bit.ly/2YtY8Yt #HBCUs

We’re excited to announce that the opening event for the 2021 #HBCUWeek conference on Tuesday, September 7 will feature a poetry recitation by Saquoya Gorham, a sophomore at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the 2021 Poetry Out Loud Champion for Washington, DC.

Register for the virtual conference: https://bit.ly/2YtY8Yt #HBCUs

This month's blog post from National Endowment for the Arts Research Director Sunil Iyengar explores why it's vital to c...
09/02/2021
But What About the Artists?

This month's blog post from National Endowment for the Arts Research Director Sunil Iyengar explores why it's vital to consider artists as central to any theoretical framework that might be used to launch a better and sustainable future for “the arts” nationwide.

In his latest post, NEA Research Director Sunil Iyengar looks at why it's important to make sure that conversations about the creative economy and creative ecosystem include a deep look at artists.

Don't miss this upcoming webinar from the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design: Models and Practices for Meaningful Commu...
08/31/2021

Don't miss this upcoming webinar from the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design: Models and Practices for Meaningful Community Engagement.

The free webinar will take place on September 15, 2021 at 2pm ET.

More info/registration: https://www.rural-design.org/webinars/models-and-practices-for-meaningful-community-engagement

Don't miss this upcoming webinar from the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design: Models and Practices for Meaningful Community Engagement.

The free webinar will take place on September 15, 2021 at 2pm ET.

More info/registration: https://www.rural-design.org/webinars/models-and-practices-for-meaningful-community-engagement

On the National Endowment for the Arts podcast we're chatting with 2020 NEA National Heritage Fellow, teacher & Haudenos...
08/31/2021

On the National Endowment for the Arts podcast we're chatting with 2020 NEA National Heritage Fellow, teacher & Haudenosaunee Raised Beadworker, Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida Nation) who creates contemporary art that is deeply rooted in the past.

Listen: https://go.usa.gov/xMqSW

On the National Endowment for the Arts podcast we're chatting with 2020 NEA National Heritage Fellow, teacher & Haudenosaunee Raised Beadworker, Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida Nation) who creates contemporary art that is deeply rooted in the past.

Listen: https://go.usa.gov/xMqSW

It’s no secret that the last school year was a tough one for students and for educators. From the @NEAarts #ArtsEd team,...
08/26/2021
The Importance of Heading Back to School with Arts Education

It’s no secret that the last school year was a tough one for students and for educators. From the @NEAarts #ArtsEd team, here’s a look at how arts education can help youth with the challenges of heading #BackToSchool

NEA Arts Education Team Lead Nancy Daugherty writes about the crucial role arts education will play in supporting student success and well being as they head back to school this year.

The National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness and Emergency Response Field Guide to Federal Disaster Relief is designed ...
08/25/2021

The National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness and Emergency Response Field Guide to Federal Disaster Relief is designed to help artists, cultural workers, arts organizations, and businesses by helping them decide if/when to pursue federal disaster support and clarifying what resources are available.

Read/download the guide: https://bit.ly/3sNuFUb [PDF]

The National Coalition for Arts' Preparedness and Emergency Response Field Guide to Federal Disaster Relief is designed to help artists, cultural workers, arts organizations, and businesses by helping them decide if/when to pursue federal disaster support and clarifying what resources are available.

Read/download the guide: https://bit.ly/3sNuFUb [PDF]

We'd like to hear from you on the National Endowment for the Arts draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2022 through 202...
08/23/2021

We'd like to hear from you on the National Endowment for the Arts draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2022 through 2026.

The deadline for public comments is Friday, September 3, 2021.

For more details and to access a PDF of the draft strategic plan please go to: https://www.arts.gov/strategic-plan-input

We'd like to hear from you on the National Endowment for the Arts draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2022 through 2026.

The deadline for public comments is Friday, September 3, 2021.

For more details and to access a PDF of the draft strategic plan please go to: https://www.arts.gov/strategic-plan-input

It is with much sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Leanne Ferrer, executive director of Pacific Islanders in Com...
08/20/2021

It is with much sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Leanne Ferrer, executive director of Pacific Islanders in Communications. Leanne was a visionary leader and tireless advocate for the field, and has touched the lives of many with her generosity and mentorship. This is a devastating loss for the filmmaking community, and, of course, for her family. Please join us in honoring her life and contributions to the independent filmmaking field.

It is with much sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Leanne Ferrer, executive director of Pacific Islanders in Communications. Leanne was a visionary leader and tireless advocate for the field, and has touched the lives of many with her generosity and mentorship. This is a devastating loss for the filmmaking community, and, of course, for her family. Please join us in honoring her life and contributions to the independent filmmaking field.

NEW!“Through the arts… we can find joy in our educational experiences.” — Ayanna Hudson  On the National Endowment for t...
08/20/2021

NEW!

“Through the arts… we can find joy in our educational experiences.” — Ayanna Hudson

On the National Endowment for the Arts podcast, we’re looking at how engaging in #artsed can help students process trauma, build resiliency & re-engage with their school communities.

Listen: https://go.usa.gov/xFwEQ #BackToSchool

NEW!

“Through the arts… we can find joy in our educational experiences.” — Ayanna Hudson

On the National Endowment for the Arts podcast, we’re looking at how engaging in #artsed can help students process trauma, build resiliency & re-engage with their school communities.

Listen: https://go.usa.gov/xFwEQ #BackToSchool

Studies have shown that #artsed supports youth engagement at school & in their communities. In rural Alabama, with the h...
08/19/2021

Studies have shown that #artsed supports youth engagement at school & in their communities. In rural Alabama, with the help of the National Endowment for the Arts, the pARTners Project is using community expertise and data to increase that access for the benefit of their students. #backtoschool

Get the story: https://go.usa.gov/xF7Cx

Studies have shown that #artsed supports youth engagement at school & in their communities. In rural Alabama, with the help of the National Endowment for the Arts, the pARTners Project is using community expertise and data to increase that access for the benefit of their students. #backtoschool

Get the story: https://go.usa.gov/xF7Cx

#DYK student participation in #artseducation can boost empathy and tolerance as well sharpen critical thinking skills? O...
08/17/2021

#DYK student participation in #artseducation can boost empathy and tolerance as well sharpen critical thinking skills? Or that arts education can play a powerful role in supporting student wellness?

As the country heads #BacktoSchool, visit the National Endowment for the Arts website for some resources that tell the story of the power of arts ed!

Find them here: https://go.usa.gov/xFwfd

#DYK student participation in #artseducation can boost empathy and tolerance as well sharpen critical thinking skills? Or that arts education can play a powerful role in supporting student wellness?

As the country heads #BacktoSchool, visit the National Endowment for the Arts website for some resources that tell the story of the power of arts ed!

Find them here: https://go.usa.gov/xFwfd

What do you love about reading? Head over to the blog to see what some of our favorite writers have said on the subject,...
08/13/2021

What do you love about reading?

Head over to the blog to see what some of our favorite writers have said on the subject, and leave a comment with your response! https://go.usa.gov/xFpDP

What do you love about reading?

Head over to the blog to see what some of our favorite writers have said on the subject, and leave a comment with your response! https://go.usa.gov/xFpDP

"Poetry helps us make meaning and record events in a way that incorporates emotion and language at its most thoughtful."...
08/11/2021
Art Talk with Academy of American Poets Head Jen Benka

"Poetry helps us make meaning and record events in a way that incorporates emotion and language at its most thoughtful."

Head over to the blog to check out our conversation with Jen Benka, president and executive director of the Academy of American Poets: https://go.usa.gov/xFmym

For Jen Benka, poetry is her day job, evening job, and every other time of day job as well. We recently spoke with Benka about the Academy of American Poets, the pandemic, and her vision for the future of poetry.

Don't forget that Part 1 of applications for National Endowment for the Arts American Rescue Plan grants are due tomorro...
08/11/2021

Don't forget that Part 1 of applications for National Endowment for the Arts American Rescue Plan grants are due tomorrow, August 12!

Register for today's 12pm ET Applicant Q&A session and find other resources at arts.gov/arp-grants!

Don't forget that Part 1 of applications for National Endowment for the Arts American Rescue Plan grants are due tomorrow, August 12!

Register for today's 12pm ET Applicant Q&A session and find other resources at arts.gov/arp-grants!

This week on the National Endowment for the Arts podcast, Upstart Co-Lab's Laura Callanan and Invest Atlanta's Sheoyki J...
08/10/2021
Creativity, Culture & Capital

This week on the National Endowment for the Arts podcast, Upstart Co-Lab's Laura Callanan and Invest Atlanta's Sheoyki Jones join us to talk about what impact investing looks like for creative industries, and why investing in our creative communities is a calculated risk worth taking.

Two perspectives about investing in the creative economy.

"Books & flowers both open up & invite us in to behold beauty, mark the seasons & experience change & growth."We're exci...
08/10/2021
Dana Tanamachi and the 2021 National Book Festival Poster | National Book Festival

"Books & flowers both open up & invite us in to behold beauty, mark the seasons & experience change & growth."

We're excited to join @librarycongress again this year for #NatBookFest.

Find an interview with poster artist Dana Tanamachi on her inspiration for the poster on the Library of Congress blog. https://go.usa.gov/xFE5G

The poster for the 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival was designed by artist Dana Tanamachi, who discusses her background and inspiration.

Why Science Needs Art
08/03/2021
Why Science Needs Art

Why Science Needs Art

From teaching curious museumgoers to adding creativity to the scientific process, art is an essential component of the science done at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

"I feel real hope and that resilience is just such an important character trait. I just feel very inspired by [the abili...
08/03/2021
David Henry Gerson

"I feel real hope and that resilience is just such an important character trait. I just feel very inspired by [the ability of these refugee artists] to always rise."

David Henry Gerson joins the National Endowment for the Arts podcast this week to talk about his documentary, The Story Won't Die, which spotlights 8 Syrian refugee artists—visual artists, dancers, and musicians—whose work wrestles with the "nostalgia for home and horrors of home that can only be accessed in art."

Director David Henry Gerson talks about The Story Won’t Die—his documentary about Syrian artists in exile.

We’re pleased to join fellow federal agencies in support of America 250, a multiyear nationwide commemoration of the USA...
08/02/2021

We’re pleased to join fellow federal agencies in support of America 250, a multiyear nationwide commemoration of the USA's 250th anniversary in 2026. Over the next five years, we’re working collaboratively to create initiatives that inspire all Americans to get involved in this once-in-a-lifetime milestone. Thank you to the Library of Congress for hosting today's signing event. You can read more about the project here: https://bit.ly/3rLO9YY
#America250

We’re pleased to join fellow federal agencies in support of America 250, a multiyear nationwide commemoration of the USA's 250th anniversary in 2026. Over the next five years, we’re working collaboratively to create initiatives that inspire all Americans to get involved in this once-in-a-lifetime milestone. Thank you to the Library of Congress for hosting today's signing event. You can read more about the project here: https://bit.ly/3rLO9YY
#America250

"When we understand that a beautiful, wild multiplicity of ways of being, communicating, and experiencing the world are ...
07/30/2021
Beautiful and Wild Ways of Being: A Conversation with Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson of Kinetic Light

"When we understand that a beautiful, wild multiplicity of ways of being, communicating, and experiencing the world are equally valid, we can make better art and a better world."

On today's blog, check out our conversation with disabled artists Laurel Lawson and Alice Sheppard, members of the project-based ensemble Kinetic Light: https://go.usa.gov/xFk85

NEA Dance Director Sara Nash spoke with Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson of Kinetic Light about disability aesthetics and culture in dance, and reimagining the arts world to better support and elevate artists with disabilities.

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