ART WORKS: Folk & Traditional Arts

These are expired guidelines. New guidelines will be posted by the end of December 2014.

The folk and traditional arts are rooted in and reflective of the cultural life of a community. Community members may share a common ethnic heritage, cultural mores, language, religion, occupation, or geographic region. These vital and constantly reinvigorated artistic traditions are shaped by values and standards of excellence that are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community, through demonstration, conversation, and practice. Genres of artistic activity include, but are not limited to, music, dance, crafts, and oral expression.

Deadlines

Art Works applications will be accepted under two deadlines: February 20, 2014, and July 24, 2014. Apply under the deadline with the NEA outcome (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 outcome that is most relevant to your project in your application and on the application form.

February 20, 2014, Application Deadline
January 1, 2015, Earliest Beginning Date for Arts Endowment Period of Support

Creation

  • The creation of new work based on tradition.

Engagement

  • Public performances.
  • Exhibitions.
  • Festivals.
  • Workshops and demonstrations.
  • Touring.
  • Media projects (such as film, video, radio, and the Internet).
  • Innovative uses of new models, technology, or new media to present and/or foster appreciation of folk and traditional arts.

Livability

  • Folk and traditional arts festivals, performances, and other activities in public spaces that are intended to foster community interaction and/or enhance the unique characteristics of a community.

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

July 24, 2014, Application Deadline
June 1, 2015, Earliest Beginning Date for Arts Endowment Period of Support

Learning

  • Education and related activities 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.)
  • Workshops, residencies, mentorships, and apprenticeship programs.

Engagement

  • Public programs that raise awareness of cultural heritage.
  • Identification and documentation of artists and artistic resources.
  • Conservation of and public access to archival material.
  • Conferences and gatherings of artists.
  • Technical assistance and provision of cultural expertise to arts organizations.
  • Innovative uses of new models, technology, or new media to document and/or perpetuate folk and traditional arts.

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 they will be required to submit any 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 outcome 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 contacted 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 Folk & Traditional Arts staff and are reviewed by a diverse group of experts in the folk & traditional arts 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

Folk & Traditional Arts Specialists: William Mansfield, mansfieldw@arts.gov or 202/682-5678; Barry Bergey bergeyb@arts.govor 202/682-5726