ART WORKS Guidelines: Dance

American dance is encyclopedic in scope and international in its aesthetic traditions. The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to advancing the nation's full range of dance artistry.

The Arts Endowment assists all forms of professional dance by funding dance companies and presenters, service organizations, festivals, convenings, community engagement, education activities, and projects of all sizes. The NEA also supports the documentation and preservation of choreography and performance, and other aspects of dance history. Dance projects funded by the Arts Endowment represent a multiplicity of forms, styles, techniques, and histories that come from every continent in the world and the many different styles -- ballet, modern dance, jazz, folkloric, tap, hip-hop, and other contemporary forms such as aerial work and site specific performances -- that are found in the United States.

Deadlines

Art Works applications will be accepted under two deadlines: February 19, 2015, and July 23, 2015. Apply under the deadline with the NEA objective (in bold below) and project example that most closely corresponds to the primary focus of your proposed project. You will be asked to indicate the objective that is most relevant to your project in your application and on the application form.

February 19, 2015, Application Deadline
January 1, 2016, Earliest Beginning Date for Arts Endowment Period of Performance

Creation

  • Commissioning and development of dance works.
  • Innovative dance projects that create new work through the use of new models, technology, or new media.
  • Creation, commissioning, and presentation of new work in a national park or in an adjacent community.

Engagement

  • The restaging of repertory.
  • Regional and national tours.
  • Home-based performances.
  • The presentation of dance companies.
  • Innovative dance presentations that use new models, technology, or new media in the presentation of work or that juxtapose disparate works or genres and engender new connections.
  • Dance festivals.
  • Services to dancers, choreographers, and companies. This may include activities such as convening, data collection, information sharing, and technical assistance.
  • Arts/science/technology collaborations.
  • Festivals and other events in a national park or adjacent community (this may include performances, lecture-demonstrations, and workshops). 

July 23, 2015, Application Deadline
June 1, 2016, Earliest Beginning Date for Arts Endowment Period of Performance

Creation

  • Residencies and choreography workshops for artists where the primary purpose is to further artistic exploration and/or create new art.

Engagement

  • Touring and performance activity that emphasizes outreach to underserved communities. (If your project is for youth, see " Choosing the Right Discipline for Youth Projects" to help you in your discipline selection.)
  • Innovative methods of engaging audiences, including collaborations with other organizations, through new models that have the potential to maximize resources and/or the impact on the audience, artists, or the field.
  • The restaging of master works of historical significance.
  • Innovative uses of new models, technology, or new media to document and/or perpetuate choreography, technique, or dance process.
  • Documentation, preservation, and conservation of America's dance heritage.
  • Arts/science/technology collaborations.
  • Festivals and other events in a national park or adjacent community (this may include performances, lecture-demonstrations, and workshops). 

Learning

  • Education and related activities, including arts/science/technology collaborations, for youth, adults, intergenerational groups, and schools. (If your project is for youth, see "Choosing the Right Discipline for Youth Projects" to help you in your discipline selection.)
  • Professional training including classes, guest artist residencies, workshops, and mentorship of dance artists.
  • Education programs connecting youth with the national park system through dance.

Livability

  • The development of plans for growth of the dance sector in the local community.
  • The development of artist live/work spaces.
  • The engagement of the dance community in plans and processes to improve community livability.
  • Community-based partnerships that integrate dance with livability efforts.

(Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact staff if they are considering Livability as an objective.)

Project Reporting and Evaluation

We ask all applicants to define what they would like to achieve, how they will evaluate the degree to which it is achieved, and, upon completion of the project, what they have learned from their experiences. Such feedback need not entail large-scale or expensive evaluation efforts. You should do what is feasible and appropriate for your organization and project. When a grant is completed, you must submit a final report and answer questions on your achievements and how these were determined. Arts Education grantees who apply for a Direct Learning Grant will be required to describe the assessment methods used to assess learning, and may submit tools used to assess learning with their Final Report. (Please note that assessment tools may be shared publicly. If your tools are proprietary and have copyrights or trademarks attached, you will be asked to note that in your application and Final Report.) Before applying, please review the reporting requirements for the objective that will be selected for the proposed project: Creation, Engagement, Learning, or Livability.

Beyond the reporting requirements for all grantees, selected Art Works grantees will be asked to assist in the collection of additional information that can help the NEA determine the degree to which agency objectives were achieved. You may be required to provide evidence of project accomplishments including, but not limited to, work samples, community action plans, cultural asset studies, programs, reviews, relevant news clippings, and playbills. Please remember that you are required to maintain project documentation for three years following submission of your final reports.

Application Review

This category uses the agency's traditional method of application review. Applications are submitted to the Dance staff and are reviewed by a diverse group of experts in the dance field.

Applications are reviewed on the basis of artistic excellence and artistic merit. For more detailed information on how artistic excellence and artistic merit will be evaluated, see the "Review Criteria." You can find additional information in the "Application Review" section of the "Frequently Asked Questions." See the "Application Calendar" for information on when we expect to announce grant awards and rejections.

Contacts

Janelle Ott Long, ottlongj@arts.gov or 202/682-5739

Juliana Mascelli, mascellij@arts.gov or 202/682-5656