National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works
The guiding principle of “Art Works” is at the center of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). “Art Works” refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. To make “art work,” the NEA has included the advancement of innovation as a core component of its mission as a way to ensure the vitality of the arts. The NEA recognizes that arts and design organizations are often in the forefront of innovation in their work and strongly encourages innovative projects which are characterized as those that:
- Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;
- Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and
- Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.
Through the projects that the NEA supports in the Art Works category, it wants to achieve the following four outcomes:
- Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence
- Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art
- Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts
- Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts
Amount: Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. No grants will be made below $10,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that the Arts Endowment determines demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. A 1:1 match is required.
Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies (school districts), and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the Arts Endowment.
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