National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts The NEA is a federal grantmaking agency dedicated to supporting participation in the arts.

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“When Accent Pontiac students perform, they create bonds with their audiences and boost community pride. Music adds vibr...
01/05/2024

“When Accent Pontiac students perform, they create bonds with their audiences and boost community pride. Music adds vibrancy to communities and strengthens our sense of belonging and connection with others.”

Today’s Notable Quotable is courtesy of Sommer Dawson, executive director of Accent Pontiac (located in Pontiac, Michigan), who is featured in the latest issue of American Artscape:
https://bit.ly/3HdfwU4

“Our goal is to move people through the stories that these artists are telling, is to move them into bringing that kind ...
01/04/2024

“Our goal is to move people through the stories that these artists are telling, is to move them into bringing that kind of emotion and their own stories into the way they practice medicine."

Today’s Notable Quotable is courtesy of Steve Zeitlin, founder and executive director of City Lore (located in New York City), who is featured in the latest issue of American Artscape: https://bit.ly/3NSBwro

"The past year has been one of new, exciting, and impactful activities for the agency, and for arts in the country in ge...
01/03/2024

"The past year has been one of new, exciting, and impactful activities for the agency, and for arts in the country in general. Organizations across the country are developing new ways of working as we all adjust to changing realities as a result of the pandemic, evolutions in technology, as well as long-standing challenges and opportunities facing the cultural field."

A message from Chair Jackson for the new year!
https://www.arts.gov/about/dr-maria-rosario-jackson-chair-page

He knows when you are sleeping...he knows when you're awake...and he knows what makes an artful life! On the blog, check...
12/22/2023

He knows when you are sleeping...he knows when you're awake...and he knows what makes an artful life!

On the blog, check out our Artful Life Questionnaire with the one and only Santa Claus! 🎅

Victorian trade card from a series of Christmas scenes with space for text advertising a particular product or service, circa 1880-1890. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

"My dad didn’t buy a car with a radio for years saying that, since the whole family sang in the car, we already had all ...
12/21/2023

"My dad didn’t buy a car with a radio for years saying that, since the whole family sang in the car, we already had all the music we needed."

Today on the blog, NEA Music and Opera Director Ann Meier Baker shares childhood memories of singing with her family, especially around the holidays.

As we count down the days to Christmas, we're re-sharing one of our favorite holiday stories from NEA Director of Music and Opera Ann Meier Baker.

"One of the most tremendous things that we can do in any cultural institution is we can find our value in helping other ...
12/21/2023

"One of the most tremendous things that we can do in any cultural institution is we can find our value in helping other people activate the things that are important to them."

We're excited to welcome Karen Ann Daniels of Folger Shakespeare Library to the Art Works podcast to talk about how a renovation of the library's physical space has led the organization to reconsider and expand its relationship to the community. Listen: https://bit.ly/3GVsLZH

It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of opera advocate Richard Gad...
12/20/2023

It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of opera advocate Richard Gaddes, recipient of a 2008 NEA Opera Honors Fellowship.

Here is our full statement:

It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of opera advocate Richard Gaddes, recipient of a 2008 NEA Opera Honors Fellowship.

What exactly do we mean when talk about "engagement"?A new study maps three distinct types of engagement that arts nonpr...
12/20/2023

What exactly do we mean when talk about "engagement"?

A new study maps three distinct types of engagement that arts nonprofits might commit to. Can you guess what they are?

Find out if you're right in the new episode of the Quick Study podcast: https://bit.ly/3RzDQoh

  tomorrow is the first day of winter? Get into the spirit of the season with a collection of winter-themed poems! ❄️🌲
12/20/2023

tomorrow is the first day of winter?

Get into the spirit of the season with a collection of winter-themed poems! ❄️🌲

Enjoy this selection of winter-themed poems as we head into the new season!

12/14/2023

How a community—and a legacy—of Black playwrights, performers, choreographers, and producers has transformed what we get to see on stage.

“Historically, in New Orleans and Black communities alike, culture has often been a survival tactic. Therefore, artists ...
12/13/2023

“Historically, in New Orleans and Black communities alike, culture has often been a survival tactic. Therefore, artists and culture bearers hold a precious place in our communities as those who we look to for creativity, inspiration, and healing.”

Today’s Notable Quotable is courtesy of Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, chief equity officer of Ashé Cultural Arts Center (located in New Orleans, Louisiana), who is featured in the latest issue of American Artscape: https://bit.ly/47ZI4fJ

"Art is the most exponentially transformative tool that we have as a culture and a community, and I think theater is an ...
12/12/2023

"Art is the most exponentially transformative tool that we have as a culture and a community, and I think theater is an ultimate synthesis of those elements."

On the new episode of the Art Works podcast, we're chatting with multi-hyphenate theater artist Brandon Victor Dixon about his most challenging roles, working on Alicia Keys' new musical, and his new venture into philanthropy. Listen: https://bit.ly/46PnUDO

12/12/2023
12/12/2023

On December 10, 1938, West Virginia native Pearl S. Buck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for her book The Good Earth.

Learn more: archive.wvculture.org/history/thisdayinwvhistory/1210.html

There's still time to apply to host the NEA Big Read in your community!
12/12/2023

There's still time to apply to host the NEA Big Read in your community!

Applications are now open for the 2024-25 cycle of our two national grants programs: the NEA Big Read and Shakespeare in American Communities.

12/12/2023
Here's a great article from Psychology Today on why we should think of creativity as a skill we can all acquire, as oppo...
12/11/2023

Here's a great article from Psychology Today on why we should think of creativity as a skill we can all acquire, as opposed to a gift that only a few are born with. What do you think?

A habit of creativity may boost your well-being and confidence.

“Nature creates this space where you can let go, you can feel safe, and you can let your mind do what human brains have ...
12/08/2023

“Nature creates this space where you can let go, you can feel safe, and you can let your mind do what human brains have this incredible ability to do, which is to create new ideas and to translate that into artistic expression.”

Today’s Notable Quotable is courtesy of Catherine Game, executive director of Brushwood Center (located in Lake County, Illinois), who is featured in the latest issue of American Artscape: https://bit.ly/3ThAeJV

“A lot of people with degrees in art and have done a lot of painting think they don't need a beginner class in rosemalin...
12/08/2023

“A lot of people with degrees in art and have done a lot of painting think they don't need a beginner class in rosemaling. But it's so very different than any painting they've done.”

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of Norwegian-American rosemaler Eldrid Skjold Arntzen, recipient of a 2005 NEA Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.

Here’s our full statement: https://bit.ly/3T8PlW2

"The time is ripe for closer scrutiny of artistic methods of knowledge production, and, indeed, their lessons for innova...
12/07/2023

"The time is ripe for closer scrutiny of artistic methods of knowledge production, and, indeed, their lessons for innovation."

What exactly do we mean when we talk about the arts using business terms? Here are some thoughts from NEA Research Director Sunil Iyengar.

In the last Measure for Measure of the year, we're looking at the relationship between the arts and innovation.

12/06/2023

It's that time of year again! We're excited to announce that three grant applications have just opened in anticipation of the new year.

Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants provide grants of up to $2,000 for artists in our nine-state region to take advantage of a milestone opportunity in their careers. New this year, grants can be applied retroactively or towards upcoming activities between July 1, 2023 to June 31, 2024. The deadline to apply is January 8, 2024. To apply, visit https://www.southarts.org/grants-opportunities/individual-artist-career-opportunity-grants

In These Mountains: Infrastructure Grants provide $30,000 to organizations in Appalachian Regional Commission counties in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee to support non-programming expenses that are often not fundable by most grants or are financially out of reach for organizations. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2024. To apply, visit https://www.southarts.org/grants-opportunities/these-mountains-infrastructure-grants

Presentation Grants provide up to $9,500 for organizations in our nine-state region to present a Southern artist for a performing arts, literary arts, visual arts, or film engagement. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2024. To apply, visit https://www.southarts.org/grants-opportunities/presentation-grants

For more information or to apply, visit the links above! And keep an eye out for additional grant opportunities in the coming months!

Grant guidelines and application materials are now available for National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America and G...
12/06/2023

Grant guidelines and application materials are now available for National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America and Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) funding to support specific projects in all 50 states, D.C., and U.S. territories.

More information: https://bit.ly/3RwlhCA

“As our nation emerges from the devastating impact of a global pandemic, the role of the arts in healing and rebuilding ...
12/06/2023

“As our nation emerges from the devastating impact of a global pandemic, the role of the arts in healing and rebuilding has never been more crucial.” –NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson

In the latest issue of American Artscape, Chair Jackson discussed the importance of the arts in strengthening our health and well-being as a nation. Visit the blog for more from Chair Jackson: https://bit.ly/3sWa98B

How did documentary filmmaker Irene Taylor-Brodsky's son's piano lessons inspire her film Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in ...
12/05/2023

How did documentary filmmaker Irene Taylor-Brodsky's son's piano lessons inspire her film Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements, which muses on Beethoven, her son's deafness & a deaf parent's dementia onset? She takes us behind the scenes of her process on this archive episode of the Art Works podcast. Listen: https://bit.ly/4a6Xsbt

Congratulations to 2012 National Medal of Arts honoree & Sound Health Network collaborator Renee Fleming on her Kennedy ...
12/04/2023

Congratulations to 2012 National Medal of Arts honoree &
Sound Health Network collaborator Renee Fleming on her Kennedy Center honor! Listen to our Art Works podcast conversation w/ her here: https://bit.ly/47Z56CV

( The Kennedy Center is also part of the Sound Health Network?)

"The aesthetic is reciprocity. If I bring something to the conversation, it’s to share with you."On the Art Works pod Na...
11/30/2023

"The aesthetic is reciprocity. If I bring something to the conversation, it’s to share with you."

On the Art Works pod Native Voices founder Randy Reinholz talks about making space for Indigenous artists onstage.

Listen: https://bit.ly/46CkLHo

On the Art Works blog NEA International Activities Specialist Guiomar Ochoa writes about how youth cultural exchanges of...
11/29/2023

On the Art Works blog NEA International Activities Specialist Guiomar Ochoa writes about how youth cultural exchanges offer numerous advantages that contribute to personal, social, and global development for young people.

A recent project involving youth dance groups from the U.S. and Mexico shows the power of youth cultural exchange to create future changemakers.

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