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National Endowment for the Arts 

2007 Guide 


A great nation 
deserves great art. 

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting 
excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; 
and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as 
an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the 
nation's largest annual hinder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, 
including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. 

Table of Contents 

Chairman's Message 1 

About Us 2 

National Endowment for the Arts Funding 3 

Grants for Arts Projects 4 

Literature Fellowships 8 

Lifetime Honors 8 

National Initiatives 10 

Leadership Initiatives 14 

NEA Partners 15 

Other Arts Endowment Activities 16 


• Literature Fellowships 

• Lifetime Honors 

• Leadership Initiatives 

• Grants for Arts Projects 

Publications 20 

Photo by Vance Jacobs 

Chairman's Message 

Over the past four years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has been 
broadening its reach. The NEA is now a public agency that reaches every community 
in America — bringing the best of the arts and aits education to the broadest and 
most varied audiences possible. While maintaining the highest artistic and 
educational standards, the Arts Endowment has ensured that its programs are 
relevant to the needs of diverse communities. This expanded reach has been made 
possible by national initiatives such as Shakespeare in American Communities, NEA 
Jazz Masters, Poetry Out Loud, The Big Read, and American Masterpieces that 
together reach thousands of communities, classrooms, and military bases — 
collectively serving millions of Americans. 

Meanwhile, our core grants process has been broadened through our Challenge 
America: Reaching Every Community program that ensures that direct grants reach 
arts organizations all over the United States to supplement our state arts agency and 
regional arts organization grants. To bring the arts to more Americans, the NEA has 
been conducting grants workshops across the country to provide valuable guidance 
on how local arts organizations can improve their chances of winning a nationally 
competitive grant — and it is working, with many grants in 2006 going to 
organizations that have never before received Arts Endowment support. 

As we contemplate the future of the National Endowment for the Arts, we 
remain dedicated to our stated mission of bringing the best of the arts — new 
and established — to all Americans. Americans, especially younger ones, need 
opportunities to know and experience the best of our nation's rich artistic legacy. 
Students need access to arts education in their schools and communities. 

This guide presents an overview of all the areas in which the NEA makes a 
difference: grantmaking and national initiatives, partnerships and research, 
accessibility and arts learning. By making arts and arts education programs 
available to more people in more places, the NEA truly enriches the civic life 
of the nation. Because a great nation deserves great art. 



Dana Gioia 

Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts 

The National Endowment for the Arts, established by Congress in 1965 as an 
independent federal agency, is the official aits organization of the United States 
government. As the largest annual funder of the arts in the country, the NEA is 
dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing 
the aits to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Through its 
grants and programs, the NEA brings great art to all 50 states and six U.S. 
jurisdictions including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. 

The NEA awards more than $100 million annually, investing in every state. The Arts 
Endowment has played a substantial role in the development of folk arts, dance, 
theater, literature, opera, and other arts that Americans now enjoy. 

Since its establishment, the NEA has awarded more than 124,000 grants, including 
early support for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial design competition, the Sundance 
Film Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, PBS's Great Performances series, and the 
American Film Institute. For four decades, the Arts Endowment has encouraged 
creativity through support of performances, exhibitions, festivals, artist residencies, 
and other arts projects throughout the country. 

The Nancy Hanks Center at 
the Old Post Office Building in 
Washington, DC — home to the 
National Endowment for the Arts. 



National Endowment for 
the Arts Funding 

The National Endowment for the Aits awards matching grants to nonprofit 
organizations. In addition, it awards non-matching individual fellowships in 
literature and honorary fellowships in jazz and the folk and traditional arts. Forty 
percent of the Arts Endowment's funds go to the 56 state and jurisdictional arts 
agencies and the six regional arts organizations in support of arts projects in 
thousands of communities across the country. 

All applications to the Arts Endowment are reviewed on the basis of artistic 
excellence and artistic merit. Applications generally receive three levels of 
review. First, they are reviewed by independent, national panels of artists and 
other arts experts. Panels make recommendations that are forwarded to the 
National Council on the Arts. 

The National Council on the Aits, the Arts Endowment's advisory body, comprises 
nationally and internationally renowned artists, distinguished scholars, and arts 
patrons appointed by the President, and members of Congress. The Council reviews 
and makes recommendations on the applications. Those recommendations for 
funding are sent to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. The 
Chairman reviews those applications and makes the final decision on all grant awards. 

The following information provides an overview of our funding categories and other 
activities. Deadlines for funding opportunities are found in the back of this guide. For 
details and our application guidelines, please visit our Web site at 

The Utah Shakespearean Festival brought The Taming of the Shrew to students in four 
states as part of the NEA's Shakespeare in American Communities initiative. 
Photo by Karl Hugh 


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Fadima Traore performs a traditional Guinean dance as part 
of Borenya West African Drum and Dance's Guinea/Sea 
Island Cultural Tour in South Carolina, supported by an NEA 
Access to Artistic Excellence grant in 2005. 
Photo courtesy of Borenya West African Drum and Dance 

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Grants for Arts Projects support exemplary projects in dance, design, folk and 
traditional arts, literature, local aits agencies, media aits, museums, music, 
musical theater, opera, presenting (including multidisciplinary art forms), theater, 
and visual arts. 

Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations; units of state or local government; 
and 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. 

To be eligible, an applicant organization must: 

• Be nonprofit, tax-exempt. 

• Have a three-year history of programming. 

• Meet reporting requirements on any previous Arts Endowment awards. 

Generally, an organization is limited to one application per year under Grants 
for Arts Projects. Depending on the particular category; limited exceptions may 
exist for consortium projects and parent organizations such as universities 
or cultural complexes that apply on behalf of separately identifiable and 
independent components. 

Assistance is not available for general operating or seasonal support; the 
creation of new organizations; the construction, purchase, or renovation of 
facilities; or directly for individual elementary or secondary schools — charter, 
private, or public. 

The Grants for Arts Projects guidelines outline support that is available in the 
following categories: 

Access to Artistic Excellence 

This categoiy encourages and supports artistic creativity, preserves our diverse 
cultural heritage, and makes the aits more widely available in communities 
throughout the country. Typical projects include the commissioning and 
development of new work, the presentation of performances or exhibitions at 
home or on tour, the documentation and preservation of significant art works 
or cultural traditions, the publication and dissemination of work important to the 
field, and the professional training of artists. The Arts Endowment is particularly 
interested in projects that reach and involve new audiences. 

Grants generally range from $5,000 to $100,000. 


Wausau Dance Theatre's production of Alice in Wonderland for Wisconsin 
audiences was supported by an NEA Challenge America grant in 2005. 
Photo by Lois Freeberg Hagen 

Challenge America: Reaching Every Community 
Fast-Track Review Grants 

These grants enable organizations, particularly those that are small or mid-sized, to 
extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities 
to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. 
An expedited application review allows applicants to learn whether they have been 
recommended for a grant more quickly than in the Arts Endowment's other 

In this category the focus is on simple, straightforward local projects that involve 
experienced professional artists and arts professionals. Projects may include 
festivals, exhibits, readings, performances, screenings, or broadcasts that feature 
guest artists in community settings; professionally directed public arts projects such 
as murals, sculptures, or environmental art; cultural district revitalization; cultural 
tourism; and planning for the redesign of existing spaces for cultural activities. 

All grants are for $10,000. 

Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth 

This category funds projects that help children and youth acquire knowledge and 
understanding of and skills in the arte. Projects must provide participatory learning 
and engage students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art. They may take 
place in school-based or community-based settings. The focus is on children and 
youth in the general age range of five through 18 years old. 

All projects must include the following components: 1) the opportunity for 
students and their teachers to experience exemplary works of art, in live form 
wherever possible; 2) study of the ail experienced, including the acquisition of skills 
for practicing the art form where appropriate; 3) the performance/making of art 
within die discipline (s) studied; and 4) assessment of student learning according to 
national or state aits education standards. 

Grants generally range from $5,000 to $100,000. 

Students participate in a chamber 
orchestra class taught by Karl Orvik 
at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska, 
supported by an NEA Learning in the 
Arts grant in 2005. 
Photo by Reber Stein 


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Through NEA Literature Fellowships awarded to published creative writers and 
translators of exceptional talent, the Arts Endowment advances its goal of 
encouraging and supporting artistic excellence and preserving our cultural heritage. 
NEA Literature Fellowships in creative writing enable recipients to set aside time for 
writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. These non-matching 
grants are for $25,000. This program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships 
in prose available one year and fellowships in poetry available the next. 

NEA Literature Fellowship applications for creative writing are evaluated through 
a process of anonymous manuscript review under the sole criteria of artistic 
excellence and merit. Panelists do not know the identities of the writers, their 
publishing histories, academic achievements, or previous awards. 

NEA Literature Fellowships also are given for translation projects, enabling 
recipients to translate works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into 
English. The art of literary translation has made available to the American public 
some of the most important writing in the world, from Homer to Gabriel Garcia . 
Marquez. Non-matching grants are awarded depending upon the artistic excellence 
and merit of the project, in the amounts of $10,000 or $20,000. 

The NEA Literature Fellowships are the only competitive, non-nominated awards that 
the Arts Endowment gives to individual artists. 


On behalf of the American people, the federal government recognizes outstanding 
achievement in the arts through the National Medal of Arts, a Presidential award; 
NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships; and NEA National Heritage Fellowships. Information 
on nominating candidates for these awards can be found on the NEA Web site 

National Medal of Arts 

The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by 
the federal government. It is awarded by the President of the United States to 
individuals or groups who are deserving of special recognition by reason of their 
outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the 
arts in the United States. 

Since 1985, more than 200 extraordinary patrons and artists in the fields of visual, 
performing, and literary arts have been honored. With this medal, the President 
recognizes the wealth and depth of creative expression of America's artists. Annually, 


Blues pianist Henry Gray received a 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowship. 
Photo by Tom Pich 

a vast number of nominations are submitted from citizens across the country for 
consideration by the National Council on the Arts, which in turn submits its 
recommendations to the White House. 

NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships 

NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships are the highest honors that our government bestows 
upon jazz musicians. These fellowships are given in recognition that this magnificent 
art form, so profoundly based in the nation's culture, is one of America's greatest 
gifts to the world. Non-matching fellowships of $25,000 each are awarded annually 
on the basis of nominations. The Arts Endowment honors a wide range of styles 
with awards currently given in the categories of rhythm instrumentalist, solo 
instrumentalist, vocalist, keyboardist, arranger/composer, and bandleader. In 
addition, the A. B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy is given to 
an individual who has made a major contribution to the appreciation, knowledge, 
and advancement of jazz, such as a writer, patron, or presenter. 

NEA National Heritage Fellowships 

NEA National Heritage Fellowships recognize the recipients' artistic excellence 
and accomplishments, and support their continuing contributions to America's 
folk and traditional arts. As part of its efforts to honor and preserve our nation's 
diverse cultural heritage, the National Endowment for the Arts annually awards 
non-matching fellowships of $20,000 each that are based on nominations. In 
addition, the Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Award is presented to an 
individual who has made a major contribution to the excellence, vitality, and public 
appreciation of the folk and traditional arts through teaching, collecting, advocacy, 
or preservation work. 


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National Initiatives are model programs of indisputable artistic merit and broad 
national reach. Through these initiatives, the American people will have the 
opportunity to celebrate American creativity and experience the best of its culture. 




American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic 
Genius consists of three components — touring, local presentations, 
and arts education. Programs presenting acknowledged masterpieces 
selected from a wide variety of art forms will tour to large and small 
communities across the country. 

Local presentations will be supported so that 
institutions throughout the country can create 
programs consistent with the overall theme. 
Arts education will make up a substantial 
portion of the initiative by bringing an 
unprecedented number of students to the 
exhibitions, presentations, and performances, 
and by creating substantial and engaging 
in-school programs. 

Thus far, grants have been awarded in choral 
music, dance, musical theater, and visual arts 
for touring performances and exhibitions. 
Current opportunities can be found on the NEA 
Web site 

Members of the United States Army 
Chorus performing at the America 
Sings! concert launching the American 
Masterpieces: Choral Music initiative. 
Photo by Jim Saah 



The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the 
Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. 
The NEA presents the Big Read in partnership with the Institute of 
Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. 
The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage 
reading for pleasure and enlightenment. 

The Big Read for military communities is made possible by The Boeing Company. 
Support for the Big Read also has been provided by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 
through a matching grant initiative administered by Community Foundations 
of America. 

The Big Read provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single 
book within their communities. This initiative comprises innovative reading 
programs in selected communities; expansive outreach and publicity campaigns, 
including television, radio, and print publicity; compelling resources for discussing 
outstanding literature; and an extensive Web site offering comprehensive information 
on the authors and their works. 

More than 200 communities nationwide will participate in the Big Read for 2007. In 
the first grant cycle, communities will run their Big Read program between January 
and June 2007. Commumties in the second grant cycle will run their programs 


. Laura Bush, Honorary Chair of the 
Read, speaks at the July 20, 2006, 
;hington Celebration of the Big Read 
ative at the Library of Congress, 
o by James Kegley 

between September and December 2007. 
Each community's program will last 
approximately one month and include 
a kick-off event to launch the program 
locally; major events devoted specifically 
to the book (panel discussions, lectures, 
public readings, and the like) ; events 
using the book as a point of departure 
(film screenings, theatrical readings, 
and so forth) ; and book discussions in 
diverse locations and aimed at a wide range of audiences. 

Communities participating in the first grant cycle will read one of eight classic 
American novels: Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451; Willa Cather's My Antonia; 
E Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby; Ernest Hemingway's^ Fareivell to Arms; 
Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God; Harper Lee's To Kill a 
Mockingbird; John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath; or Amy Tan's The Joy Luck 
Club. Four new books will be added for the second grant cycle. 

For more information, or to find out how your organization can submit a proposal 
to join the Big Read, please visit 


Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry 
Foundation, Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation 
Contest encourages high school students to learn about 

poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Starting in 2006, state 

arts agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have enlisted high schools 

to participate in the national arts education program. 

The official contest is limited to schools identified by 

the state arts agencies. 

Free standards-based curriculum materials, including 
poetry anthologies and an audio CD, are provided to 
participating schools. School-level contests will be held 
between September 2006 and February 2007, and the 
statewide contests will be held by March 17. A Poetry 
Out Loud National Finals will be held in Washington, DC 
April 30-May 1, 2007. 

Each winner at the state level will receive $200 and an all- 
expenses-paid trip to Washington to compete for the national 
championship. The state winner's school will receive a $500 
stipend for the purchase of poetry books. A runner-up in each 
state will receive $100, with $200 for his or her 


Jackson Hille, a senior at Columbus Alternative High 
School, won the national title during the Poetry Out Loud 
National Finals in Washington, DC in 2006. 
Photo by James Kegley 


school library. A total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends will be 
awarded at the National Finals for the winners. In total, more than $100,000 will 
be awarded at the state and national levels to the student poets and their schools. 
Schools wishing to participate should contact their state arts agencies or for more information on the program. The Web site 
also features educational resources for teachers and students, including standards- 
based educational materials, tips on hosting a school contest, and "find-a-poem" 
search tools. 

ZjP^J Shakespeare in American Communities was the first NEA 
W^VS National Initiative, launched in 2003. The first phase focused on a 
^j^^ nationwide tour of professional theater productions of Shakespeare, 
£ ' < ^ including a tour to 13 military bases through an unprecedented 
?."^slli,^ partnership with the Department of Defense. The second phase of the 
initiative, Shakespeare for a New Generation, focuses more on bringing 
Shakespeare to the next generation of Americans. 

Shakespeare for a New Generation provides professional Shakespeare performances 
and educational programs to high school and middle school students. In the first 
three years of Shakespeare for a New Generation, 92 grants have been awarded to 
theater companies, resulting in approximately 3,000 performances seen by more 
than 600,000 students and their families. The initiative has reached more than 
1,200 communities in all 50 states, enabling students from more than 2,500 schools 
to see a professional production of Shakespeare. Teachers are benefiting from a 
free multimedia educational toolkit created by the Arts Endowment; more than 
40,000 copies have been distributed. More information can be found at 

The Arts Endowment is expanding the reach of its NEA Jazz 
Masters program by broadening public recognition of the 
NEA Jazz Masters, enhancing the public's knowledge of jazz, 
and placing a brighter spotlight on these great musicians and their life's work. 

In addition to the NEA Jazz Masters awards, the initiative also included three 
significant new components. NEA Jazz Masters on Tour, sponsored by Verizon, 
is bringing jazz musicians to all 50 states throughout 2005-06 for performances, 
community events, and educational programs. A new arts education component was 
created in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center and with support from the Verizon 
Foundation, NEA Jazz in the Schools. This educational resource for high school 
teachers of social studies, U.S. history, and music includes a five-unit, Web-based 
curriculum and DVD toolkit that explores jazz as an indigenous American art form 
and as a means to understand U.S. history (more information can be found at New broadcasting programming was created, 
such as 14 one-hour shows on NEA Jazz Masters featured on the public radio series 
Jazz Profiles, hosted by NEA Jazz Master Nancy Wilson, and NEA Jazz Moments, radio 
shorts for broadcast on satellite radio XM. Since 2005, the Arts Endowment has 



Pianist Chick Corea was awarded an NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship in 2006, here performing at the 
awards ceremony in New York City. 
Photo by Tom Pich 

partnered with Legends of Jazz, a weekly public television series dedicated to 
legendary jazz artists and often highlighting NEA Jazz Masters. To find 
out more about these components, visit 

NEA Arts m J une 2004 ' * e iNEA establi shed &*& NjEA Arts 

Jour.ndl i SIP, Journalism Institutes to address a chronic problem 
ItlS t ltllt 8 8 throughout the country: the lack of quality aits criticism 
in die media. The institutes' focus is on improving arts criticism in classical music, 
opera, theater, and dance. 

The institutes are designed for journalists who cover the arts for print and 
broadcast outlets located mostly outside the country's largest media markets, where 
professional development opportunities are limited. Institutes for dance critics will 
be hosted by the American Dance Festival (ADF) at Duke University in Durham, 
North Carolina; for classical music and opera critics at Columbia University in New 
York City; and for theater and musical theater critics at the University of Southern 
California in Los Angeles. 

The NEA provided $ 1 million to fund the first two years of the program. Each 
Institute will offer a two- or three-week program each year for up to 30 attendees 
and cover the participants' expenses. This initiative will help communities across 
the country 7 benefit from substantially enhanced writing about the arts. 



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The Aits Endowment takes an active role in developing and carrying out hallmark 
projects of national significance in the arts. The following are examples of initiatives 
the NEA undertakes: 

The Arts on Radio and Television supports projects for radio and television 
arts programs that are intended for national broadcast. Through this category 
the National Endowment for the Arts seeks to make the excellence and diversity 
of the arts widely available to the American public. Grants generally range from 
$20,000 to $200,000. 

New Orleans Mayor Roy Nagin, 
President of the U.S. Conference of 
Mayors Tom Cochran, President of the 
American Architectural Foundation Ron 
Bogle, and NEA Design Director Jeff 
Speck inspecting the damage to the 
Ninth Ward atop the breached levee as 
part of the Mayors' Institute on City 
Design meeting on November 15, 2005. 
Photo by Aaron Koch 

The Mayors' Institute on City Design is an Arts Endowment leadership 
initiative established in 1986 that provides an opportunity for mayors and design 
professionals to work together to address civic design and development issues 
related to their respective cities. The success of the Mayors' Institute led to the 
creation in 2004 of the Governors' Institute on Regional Design. This 
initiative brings governors and design professionals together to discuss regional 
design issues, such as suburban sprawl created by regional urban growth. 

The Open World Cultural Leaders Program is an initiative supported 
by a partnership between the NEA and the Open World Leadership Center, an 
independent legislative branch agency located at the Library of Congress. The 
initiative provides in-depth residency activities for cultural representatives from 
Russia, including jazz musicians and educators, writers, and folk and traditional 
artists. Past residencies have taken place at the Brubeck Institute in Stockton, 
California, the Lionel Hampton Center in Moscow, Idaho, the International Writing 
Program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and the University of Mississippi 
in Oxford. 


State & Regional 

Iii partnership with the 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies and six regional 
arts organizations, the National Endowment for the Arts provides federal support 
for projects tliat benefit local communities. The Partnership Agreements for the state 
arts agencies provide funds to address priorities identified at the state level as well 
as funds for various components that target specific Arts Endowment objectives. The 
regional ails organizations, each representing a geographic grouping of states, assist 
the Ails Endowment in distributing funds and programs nationally through touring 
and other activities responsive to the needs of the region. 

Federal Partnerships 

The NEA works with more than 20 other federal agencies on projects that provide 
opportunities for thousands of Americans to experience quality arts programming 
throughout the country. These joint projects help to expand the reach and impact of 
federal arts dollars, and provide a national model for the types of partnerships the 
NEA encourages at the state and local levels. These partnerships include initiatives 
with agencies such as the Department of Education and the Department of Defense. 


The National Endowment for the Arts collaborates with other flinders to bring 
the benefits of international exchange to aits organizations, artists, and audiences 
nationwide. The Arts Endowment's support of international activities showcases U.S. 
arts abroad and broadens the scope of experience of American artists. International 
partnerships help increase worldwide recognition of the excellence, diversity, 
and vitality of the arts of the United States, and help American artists and arts 
organizations develop international ties that strengthen the many art forms of 
the United States. 

Former Navy Petty Officer 1st Class 
Gregory S. Cleghorne and his son at 
the book launch for the NEA anthology, 
Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, 
and the Home Front, in the Words of 
U.S. Troops and Their Families, made 
possible through a partnership with 
the Department of Defense, and with 
support from The Boeing Company. 
Photo by Kevin Allen 


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Following a grants workshop in Poughkeepsie, New York, in October 2006, NEA Chairman 
Dana Gioia visited local arts organizations, such as the Women's Studio Workshop in 
Rosendale, New York, with Executive Director Ann Kalmbach and U.S. Representative 
Maurice Hinchey (New York). 
Photo by Elizabeth Stark 

Other Arts Endowment Activities 

The Office for AccessAbility was established in 1976 as the advocacy and 
technical assistance arm of the Arts Endowment for people with disabilities, older 
Americans, veterans, and people living in institutions. The office works in myriad 
ways to assist the Arts Endowment and its grantees in making arts programs more 
available to underserved segments of our citizenry. 

Though the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act of 1975 (20 U.S.C. 971), 
which is administered by the Arts Endowment, the agency provides insurance 
coverage for objects in international exhibitions. The authorized limit for 
indemnified exhibitions at any one time is $10 billion under the Arts and Artifacts 
Indemnity Program. 

Since 2002, the National Endowment for the Arts has been conducting grant 
workshops across the country to provide valuable guidance on how local arts 
organizations can improve their chances of winning a competitive grant from the NEA. 
The workshops are done in cooperation with Members of Congress, who act as host, 
and with organizational help from state arts agencies. The goal of the workshops is to 
extend federal support of the arts into smaller communities and more rural areas that 
might not normally apply for NEA grants. 


NOTE: is now the primary route 
that organizations will use when applying to 
the SLA. Before you can apply, you must be 
registered with Learn more 
about by visiting our Web site 
at and register now. 

Literature Fellowships 

Creative Writing Fellowships 

Application Deadline: March 1, 2007 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
January 1, 2008 

Translation Projects 

Application Deadline: 
January 8, 2007 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
November 1, 2007 

For information, contact the 
Literature staff at 202/682-5034. 

Lifetime Honors 

The National Medal of Arts 

Nomination Deadline: 

March 15, 2007 

Only online nominations accepted 

For information, contact the 
staff at 202/682-5434. 

NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships 

Nomination Deadline: 
October 1, 2007 

For information, contact the Music 
staff at 202/682-5487. 

NEA National Heritage Fellowships 

Nomination Deadline: 
October 2, 2007 

For information, contact the 
Folk & Traditional Arts staff 
at 202/682-5428. 

Leadership Initiatives 

The Ms on Radio and Television 

Applications through required 

Application Deadline: 
September 7, 2007 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
May 1, 2008 

For information, contact the Media 
Arts staff at 202/682-5738. 

Grants for Arts Projects 

Challenge America: Reaching 
Every Community Fast-Track 
Review Grants 

Application Deadline: 
June 1, 2007 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
January 1, 2008 

For information, contact the staff at 

Learning in the Arts for 
Children and Youth 

Applications through required 

Application Deadline: June 11, 2007 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
June 1, 2008 

For information, contact the 
Learning in the Arts staff for the 
field/discipline below that is most 
appropriate for your project: 

Dance, Music, Opera 

Design, Literature, Media Arts, Museums 

Folk & Traditional Arts, Local Arts 
Agencies, Presenting (including 
multidisciplinarv projects) 

Musical Theater, Theater, Visual Arts 


Grants for Arts Projects 

NOTE: is now the primary route that organizations will use when applying to the 
NEA. Before you can apply, you must be registered Learn more about 
by visiting our Web site at and register now 

Access to Mi stic Excellence 

There are two application deadlines. The types of projects eligible under each vary 
according to the field/discipline of the project as outlined below. For further 
information, contact the staff for the appropriate field/discipline or view the NEA 
Web site at 


Application Deadline: 
March 12, 2007 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
January 1,2008 

Application Deadline: 
August 13, 2007 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
June 1 , 2008 


Regional/National Tours, 
Home Performances, 
Presentations, Residencies, 
Services to the Field 

Outreach, Preservation, 
Media and Technology 


Folk & Traditional Arts 
202/682-5726 or 

Innovation: Activities that 
advance, reform or 
disseminate the latest 
design techniques including, 
among others, competitions, 
commissions, exhibitions, 
publications, workshops, 
and conferences 

Presentation of Living 
Cultural Heritage, Touring, 

Stewardship: Activities that 
protect, share, or celebrate 
our design heritage 
including, among others, 
historic preservation, 
education and outreach, 
exhibitions, publications, 
workshops, and conferences 

Heritage, Preservation, 
Outreach, Services to the 
Field, State or Regional 
Infrastructure Support 


Literary Publishing 

Audience Development, 


Professional Development 

Local Arts Agencies 

Services to the Field, 

Performing Arts 


Subgranting for Constituent 


Service Activities, Cultural 

BroadcastsA/isual Arts 


Exhibitions, Artist 
of Public and Monumental 
Art, Subgranting for 
Constituent Programming 




Application Deadline: Application Deadline: 
March 12, 2007 August 13, 2007 

Earliest Project Start Date: Earliest Project Start Date: 
January 1,2008 June 1,2008 

Media Arts: 




Exhibition. Film/Video 
Festivals. Distribution, 

Special Exhibitions, 
Residencies. Commissions, 
Public Art. Services to the 

Conferences. Facilities 
Access. Production, 
Publications. Services 
to the Field 


Documentation. Collections. 
Public Programs 


Organizations with names 
that begin A through L 

Organizations with names 
that begin M through Z 

Performances, Presentations. 
Commissions, Residencies, 
Professional Development, 
Services to the Field 

Domestic Touring, Outreach, 
Recordings. Preservation 

Musical Theater 

Creation of New Work, 
2007-08 Musical Theater 

2008-09 Musical Theater 
Production, Training, Services 
to the Held 


ALL Opera Projects 




Organizations with names 
that begin A through H 

Organizations with names 
that begin I through Q 

Organizations with names 
that begin R through Z 

Artist Communities and 
Residencies, Training for 
Artists, Creation, 
Commissioning, Touring, 
Presentation, Outdoor 
Festivals and Programs 

Creation of New Work, 
2007-08 Theater Production 

Services to Artists and Arts 
Organizations, Preservation, 
Publications, Activities for 
Underserved Communities 

2008-09 Theater Production, 
Training, Services to the Held 

Visual Arts 

Exhibitions. Residencies. 
Publications. Commissions, 
Public Art 


Documentation, Services to 
the Field, Public Programs 


In order to better communicate to the public the exemplary work the NEA supports 
and provides, the Communications Office works with other agency offices to create 
publications, free to the public, that highlight successful projects and programs. 
Additionally, the Office of Research and Analysis issues periodic research reports 
and briefs on significant topics affecting artists and arts organizations. All of these 
publications can be ordered (or PDFs of them can be viewed) on the NEA Web site, A few of our most popular publications are listed below. 


2005 Annual Report 

Presents profiles of some of the outstanding grants awarded in 
Fiscal Year 2005. This year, we profiled two organizations from 
every state that have received support from the National Endowment 
for the Arts, including photos and descriptions of their projects. In 
addition, there are features on National Initiatives, State and 
Regional Partnerships, Lifetime Honors, and Literature Fellowships, 
and a financial summary for the year. 

NEA Literature Fellowships: 40 Years of Supporting 
American Writers 

Includes a list of all the writers and translators who have received 
the award from 1966-2006, as well as a brief history of the 
fellowship program, sidebars highlighting some of the NEA 
Literature Fellows, and a section on NEA Literature Fellows who 
have received other national awards and honors. 

Imagine! Introducing Your Child to the Arts 

This reprint of the 1997 NEA publication revises and updates 
the previous edition's material on introducing children to the arts. 
Made for parents, the publication includes activities and suggestions 
in literature, dance, music, theater, visual arts, folk arts, and media 
arts aimed specifically at children ages 3-8 years old. Includes a 
pull-out guide of arts activities. 

NEA Jazz Masters 

Profiles NEA Jazz Masters from 1982 to 2006 with brief biographies 
and selected disCographies for all 87 honorees. Includes a brief 
history of the NEA's creation of the Jazz Masters program, an 
overview of the newly expanded program, and 
an introduction by jazz author A.B. Spellman. 




The Arts and Civic Engagement: Involved in Arts, Involved in Life 

This research paper explores the compelling link between arts 
participation and broader civic and community involvement, as 
measured by the NEA's Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. 
The report also reveals that young adults show declines in 
participation rates for most arts and civic categories. 

How the United States Funds the Arts 

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse 
network of public and private funders that directly and indirectly 
support the arts in the U.S. It explains the role of the National 
Endowment for the Arts and other public partners at the federal, 
state, and local levels as well as that of private partners, such as 
foundations, corporations, and individuals. 

Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, 
Executive Summary 

An executive summary of the research report that extrapolates 
and interprets data on literary reading from the literature segment 
of the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, conducted by 
the Census Bureau in 2002 at the NEA's request, and comparing the 
• data with results from similar surveys carried out in 1982 
and 1992. 

Raising the Barre: The Geographic, Financial, and Economic 
Trends of Nonprofit Dance Companies 

Spanning the decade of the late 1980s through the late 1990s, 
the report looks at factors such as growth in the number of 
dance companies, geographic concentration, and financial 
aspects such as the importance of ticket sales and the effects of 
the 1990-1991 recession. The analysis also investigates the role 
the National Endowment for the Arts plays in leveraging funding 
for dance companies. 

This publication is published by: 
National Endowment for the Arts 
Office of Communications 
Felicia Knight, Director 
Don Ball, Publications Manager/Editor 

Designed by: 

Fletcher Design, Inc. /Washington, D.C. 



For individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. 

Individuals who do not use conventional print may contact 
the Ails Endowment's Office for AccessAbility to obtain this 
publication in an alternate format. Telephone: 202/682-5532 

National Endowment for the Arts 

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20506-0001 

Additional copies of this publication can be ordered free of charge 
on the NEA Web site: 

raft This publication was printed on recycled paper. 
Information current as of January 2007. 

Front Cover: The Young People's Chorus of New York City performing at the 
America Sings! concert at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, 
Maryland, on June 11, 2006, launching the NEA American Masterpieces: 
Choral Music initiative. 
Photo by Jim Saah 

Back Cover: Jennifer Berry (Miss America 2006) performed as a member 
of the corps de ballet in Tulsa Opera's production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene 
Onegin, supported by a 2005 NEA grant. 
Photo by Cory Weaver 


A Great Nation Deserves Great Art. 


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