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United States Mint and National Endowment for the Arts to Present Webinar on Artistic Infusion Program

December 11, 2013 Session Covers How Artists Apply to Program

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Image of artist creating medal honoring Myanmar people.

A United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver sculpts the reverse side (tails) of the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Bronze Medal, a duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded in honor of her efforts on behalf of the Burmese people.

Photo courtesy of the United States Mint.

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will present a webinar on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET to assist interested artists in applying to the Artistic Infusion Program (AIP). The webinar will be hosted and archived on the NEA website, arts.gov. Representatives from the Mint and the NEA will be part of the webinar.

Established in 2003, the AIP serves to enrich and invigorate the nation’s coins and medals by commissioning designs from a select pool of outstanding artists. The Mint is especially interested in artists who will bring innovative perspectives and utilize symbolism in their work to clearly and evocatively convey subjects and themes on a small space.

The webinar will start with a presentation covering the basics of the AIP including how artists participate in the program as well as the eligibility requirements, application process, and other program details. The presentation will be followed by an open question and answer session. AIP guidelines and application materials are on the NEA website.

Applications to AIP are due on January 10, 2014.

How to Join the Webinar

Please register in advance. You may listen using your computer's speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a Q&A text box.

In Case You Can't Attend

An archive of the webinar will be available on the NEA's website shortly after the event.

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #AIParts.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at www.arts.gov.

About the United States Mint

The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the nation's sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold, and platinum bullion coins. The United States Mint's numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to the taxpayer.