ART WORKS: Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works

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

In addition to traditional presenting programs, this area supports artistic works and events that present multiple disciplines, combine and/or integrate art forms, explore boundaries between art disciplines, fuse or transcend disciplines, and look to new forms of expression. We seek innovative performances and exhibitions that introduce new voices and perspectives to the community and programs that engage people to become lifelong arts and cultural participants or practitioners.

Multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary art forms may include performance art, interactive and participatory works, multimedia performance, and arts/science collaborations that go beyond the boundaries of a traditional art form.

Projects should be multi- or cross-disciplinary in nature and may include work from the performing, visual, media, design, and literary arts. These projects can be for any stage of the artistic process including creation, commissioning, presentations, touring, training, residencies, and access to the arts. In addition, we also fund projects that provide services to artists and arts organizations. Projects that present or otherwise feature a single discipline (including but not limited to dance, music, literature, visual arts, media arts) should apply through that discipline.


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.

Please note: Applications must be for projects only. A project may consist of one or more specific events or activities, and should not cover an entire season of programming. We do not fund seasonal or general operating support.

If you've never applied before, we encourage you to contact our staff.

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


  • The creation and commissioning of new works.
  • Innovative multidisciplinary or presenting projects including those that utilize technology or new models such as multimedia performance works.


  • The touring and/or presentation of new or existing works. This may include performances, exhibitions, festivals, guest artist residencies, lecture-demonstrations, and workshops.
  • Outdoor festivals and events.
  • Programs that include site-specific work, spectacles, circus arts, and participatory art works.
  • Arts/science collaborations that involve more than one artistic discipline.


  • Festivals and other activities in public spaces that are intended to foster community interaction and/or enhance the unique characteristics of a community.

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


  • Touring, presenting, festivals, and other program activities for underserved communities.
  • Community-based work, and projects with a distinct focus on community engagement.
  • Services to artists and arts organizations, including arts and arts-related conferences. Service projects that focus on a single discipline should apply through that discipline. Applicants such as arts and business councils or lawyers for the arts organizations are included here.
  • Technical assistance programs for artists and arts organizations.


  • Education and related activities, including arts/science projects that involve more than one artistic discipline, 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.)
  • Training and residency programs for professional artists.
  • Professional development for artists and arts organizations.

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 Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works staff and are reviewed by a diverse group of arts experts.

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.


Organizations with names that begin A through E: Pepper Smith, or 202/682-5790

Organizations with names that begin F through Z: Lara Allee,  or 202/682-5698