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Grants

One of the neatest things about working at the NEA is seeing how many different ways a dollar can be transformed into art. For instance, the $4.725 million we awarded to our 2013 Our Town grantees will eventually be turned into a mural festival in Honolulu, public opera programs in Nashville, and a...
As we recently announced our newest round of NEA Our Town grants to support creative placemaking projects across the country, we thought it would be fitting to take a look back at one of the projects that received support when the program debuted in 2011. In that inaugural round of funding, the...
One of the aspects I enjoy most about being a member of the National Council on the Arts is reading through all of the grants recommended by the panels for our vote. I am impressed by the abundance of art happening in the United States. As a painter and watercolorist I was excited when I read of...
There are better and worse ways of doing things. If we understand and appreciate the better way of doing things---a better way of communicating, a better way of living, a better way of learning, a better way of treating our fellow man---that is an art form.---Albert Head Whenever I take a trip away...
I see dance as being any movement that is performed deliberately in space and time....I believe that embedded in that movement are stories about who people are and what they care about.---Allison Orr The camera focuses in on Don Anderson, an employee with Austin's Solid Waste Services...
by Maria Rosario Jackson We asked our National Council of the Arts members to share some thoughts about projects from our recent round of grants that particularly resonated with them. Here’s what Maria Rosario Jackson had to say… WaterFire Providence ’s Livability Experiments :...
Meet Radhika, the heroine of Half the Sky Movement: The Game , a Facebook game that takes players on a journey of empowerment through opportunity. Players meet Radhika in her small village in India where they have their first chance to co-create solutions to significant problems facing many women...
We asked our National Council of the Arts members to share some thoughts about projects from our recent round of grants that particularly resonated with them. Here's what David "Mas" Masumoto and Joan Israelite had to say... David "Mas" Masumoto Allison Orr Dance, Inc aka...
History has a way of insisting itself upon the present. Recently, construction crews digging up a parking lot in central London found what was later confirmed to be the remains of King Richard III. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, nine years earlier, infrastructure upgrades in downtown...
Today, the NEA announced $350,000 in support of 17 new research grants , which offer innovative new ways to measure the value and impact of the arts in the U.S. While descriptions of all our new grantees can be found online , we thought we’d take a closer look at a project from West Chester...

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