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Serving a Nation 
in which Artistic 
Excellence Is 
Supported, and 
Available to All 

The National Endowment for the 
Arts provides national recognition 
and support to significant projects 
of artistic excellence, thus 
preserving and enhancing our 
nation's diverse cultural heritage. 
This public investment in the 
nation's cultural life has brought 
both new and classic works of art to 
every corner of America. 

What We 

Encourage and support artistic 
creativity and preserve our diverse 
cultural heritage. 

Advance learning in the arts. 

Make the arts more widely available 
in communities throughout the 

Develop and maintain partnerships 
that advance the mission of the 
National Endowment for the Arts. 

Grants and Awards 

The Arts Endowment. . . 

Awards grants to nonprofit 
organizations to support exemplary 
projects in the arts, such as performances, 
exhibitions, commissions, residencies, 
workshops, and collaborations 
with artists from other countries. 

Funds projects in the following 
disciplines: dance, design, folk and 
traditional arts, literature, media arts, 
multidisciplinary arts, museums, music, 
musical theater, opera, presenting, theater, 
and visual arts. 

Supports artistic excellence through 
its individual fellowships: Creative 
Writing Fellowships — awarded annually 
to emerging and mid-level writers of 
exceptional promise — and American 
Jazz Masters and National Heritage 
Fellowships — awarded annually to 
jazz and traditional artists who have 
demonstrated a mastery of their 
art form. 

Applicants of grants for arts projects may 
be nonprofit arts or service organizations, 
federally recognized tribal communities 
or tribes, official units of state or local 
government, and other organizations that 
advance the mission of the Arts Endowment. 
Applications are evaluated on the basis of 
artistic merit and excellence. 

Application guidelines and forms 
are available on our Web site: 

What We Support 


• Projects that provide opportunities for 
artists to create, refine, and present 
their work. 

• Projects that preserve significant works 
of art and cultural traditions. 

• Projects that enhance the capacity of 
arts organizations. 

Lionel Hampton, 
1988 American 
Jazz Masters 


• Projects that provide skills development 
in the arts for children and youth in 
early childhood, school-based, and 
community-based settings. 

• Professional development programs for 
teachers, artists, and others engaged in 
arts learning projects. 

HITS Theatre of Houston, Texas, works with students on the musical Pippin. 

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Montana Shakespeare in the Parks has brought quality theatrical productions 
to more than 500,000 people in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. 


• Challenge America, a program started in 
2001, supports the presentation, exhibition, 
and publication of artistic works for 
underserved communities, broadening 
access to and sustaining community 
engagement in the arts. 

• Projects include outreach to diverse 
communities and new audiences, national 
broadcasts of quality arts performances 
on television and radio, innovative uses 
of technology to enhance access to the 
arts, educational activities that are 
offered primarily to adults or w 
intergenerational groups, and I 
community development. 

Quileute singer Lilian Pullen 

participates in Washington State 

Arts Commissions apprenticeship 

program in the traditional 

arts, supported by the NEA. 

Photo by Lou Corbett 


• Through partnership agreements, the 
Endowment provides funding to state arts 
agencies and regional arts organizations for 
projects that foster creativity, preservation, 
arts learning, and outreach to underserved 

• Through cooperative agreements, the 
Endowment joins with major private and 
public organizations to undertake major 
national and international arts initiatives. 

Exemplary Projects 
We Have Supported 

Design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 

Washington, DC 

PBS production of Ken Burns' documentary, Jazz 

Creative Writing Fellowships for writers such as John 
Irving, Rita Dove, and Sandra Cisneros 

American Jazz Masters Fellowships for musicians such 
as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, and Dave Brubeck 

National Heritage Fellowships for folk and traditional 
artists such as Clifton Chenier, Lem Ward, and Jean 

Mayors' Institute on City Design, established to 
help mayors improve the design and livability of their 
cities through interaction with design professionals 

National College Choreography Initiative in which 
colleges and universities nationwide recruit professional 
dance artists to restage classic American dance works or 
create new works for students 

Theater Arts Residencies in which playwrights work 
with local nonprofit theaters to create new plays to perform 

Coming Up Taller Awards that recognize and support 
outstanding community arts and humanities programs 
for children 

Continental Harmony, a national commissioning 
program that pairs communities across the country 
with composers for the creation of new works 

Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob 
Lawrence, the first major retrospective of the 
renowned visual artist 

Jacob Lawrence, Ironers (1943) 

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A nation in which artistic 
excellence is celebrated, 
supported, and available 
to all. 

Our Missio 

The National Endowment for 
the Arts enriches our nation and 
its diverse cultural heritage by 
supporting works of artistic 
excellence, advancing learning 
in the arts, and strengthening 
the arts in communities 
throughout the country. 


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Washington, DC 20506