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National Endowment for the Arts 





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 funder 

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 

In June 2007, 1 had the good fortune to deliver the commencement address to my 
alma mater, Stanford University. One of the main themes of the address was that we 
live in a culture mat barely acknowledges and rarely celebrates the aits or artists. A 
sad statement, but one I believe to be true. And yet our national culture is one of our 
greatest assets. Our culture helps define us, shows us what we value, how we five, 
and who we are. Many Americans, however, do not get a chance to experience the 
richness of the arts. That is where the National Endowment for the Ails (NEA) 
comes in. 

Dining the past five years, the NEA has been expanding its reach into every 
community in the nation, bringing the best of the aits into classrooms, libraries, 
performing arts centers, recreational centers, and military bases, serving millions of 
Americans. Through our national initiatives, such as Shakespeare in American 
Communities, Poetry Out Loud, The Big Read, and American Masterpieces, our core 
grants, and our funding of state arts agencies and regional arts organizations, we 
provide artistic and educational programs to communities throughout the country 
and on eveiy level — from die smallest town to the biggest city, from the top of the 
country in Barrow, Alaska, to the tip of the bottom in the Florida Keys. 

The NEA is now bringing the aits to more people than ever before. And more often 
than not, people who previously had limited exposure to the aits. What does this 
mean for the United States? It means more Americans who are engaged in then 
communities, it means more children experiencing the transformative power of art 
and using then imaginations, it means more workers using innovation and ingenuity 
in the workplace. 

This guide presents an overview of NEA programs. 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. 

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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 arts organization of the United States 
government. As the largest annual hinder of the arts in the country, the NEA is 
dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing 
the arts 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 126,000 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 more than 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. 

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Visiting chamber musicians performing with Alaskan mountains in the background during the 
Sitka Summer Music Festival, supported by an NEA Access to Artistic Excellence grant. 
Photo courtesy Sitka Summer Music Festival 

National Endowment for 
the Arts Funding 

The National Endowment for the Arts 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. Fort}' 
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 Arts, 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 



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Barbara Museum of Art's exhibition Tamayo: A Modern Icon Reinterpreted, 
supported by an NEA Access to Artistic Excellence grant in 2006. 
Photo, courtesy of Santa Bart/ara Museum of Art, Private Collection, © Herederos 
de Rufi.ho Tamayo 


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

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 Aits 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 mat is available in the 
following categories: 

Access to Artistic Excellence 

This category encourages and supports artistic creativity, preserves our diverse 
cultural heritage, and makes the arts 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. 


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. 

The On Your Feet! dance 
festival in Western New York, 
featuring artists such as 
Yasser Darwish performing a 
Sufi spinning dance, was 
supported by an NEA 
Challenge America grant. 
Photo by Tom Rivers 

North Dakota's Trollwood Performing Arts School production of Fiddler on the Roof 
was supported by an NEA Learning in the Arts grant in 2007. 
Photo by David Samson 

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 arts. 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 five form 
wherever possible; 2) study of the art experienced, including the acquisition of skills 
for practicing the art form where appropriate; 3) the performance/making of art 
within the discipline (s) studied; and 4) assessment of student learning according to 
national or state arts education standards. 

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


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 Ails 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, 



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 mat 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 Aits Endowment honors a wide range of styles 
with awards given in various categories. 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, patton, 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 $25,000 each on the basis of 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. 

2007 NEA National Heritage Fellow 
Joe Thompson performs during the 
awards ceremony. 
Photo by Michael Stewart 

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. 


Portland Center Stage's production of West 
Side Story was part of the American 
Masterpieces: Musical Theater initiative. 
Photo by Owen Carey 

American Masterpieces: 
, ^ Ji^ Three Centuries of Artistic 
■^j^ Genius consists of three 

f > components — touring, local 
mastcbpJeces 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 — and in 2008 will include chamber music and presenting — for touring 
performances, presentations, and exhibitions. More information can be found on 
the NEA Web site 



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. 

Support for the Big Read is provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Big Read 
in the Pacific Northwest is also supported, in part, by a grant from the Paul G. Allen 
Family Foundation. 

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 commumties; 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. By 2009, approximately 400 commumties in the 
U.S. will have hosted a Big Read since the program's 2007 national launch. 


For 2008, each community will read one of 11 classic novels. Four communities, 
from January-June 2008, will take part in the U.S. component of Big Read Russia, 
hosting programs celebrating Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich. Additional 
cross-cultural Big Reads with Egypt and Mexico are also expected to launch in 
2008. Additionally, NEA Literature Director David Kipen is visiting many of the 
communities holding events and writing about them on the Big Read Blog 
( . 

In September 200^. the NEA partnered with XM Satellite Radio to launch a new 
radio series. The Big Read on XM featuring the complete audio version of Big Read 
books, as well as commentary and analysis. Building on the reading program's 
success, the new series is broadcast daily weekdays on Sonic Theater (XM Channel 
163), bringing the Big Read to XM's more than 8.2 million subscribers nationwide. 
The September 10 premiere of The Big Read on XM featured interviews with NEA 
Chairman Dana Gioia and Mrs. Laura Bush, honorary chair of the Big Read, 
launching the series with Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. 

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

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. 

A new 7 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 . 
More than six million students have 
learned about jazz from the toolkit 
and online curriculum. Broadcast 
programming was created as part of the 

NEA Jazz Master Nancy Wilson 
performs at the 2007 NEA Jazz 
Masters awards ceremony. 
Photo by Tom Pich 

2007 Poetry Out Loud national champion 
Amanda Fernandez, a senior at Duke Ellington 
School for the Arts in Washington, DC. 

Photo by James Kegley 

NEA Jazz Masters program, such as Jazz Moments, radio 

shorts on NEA Jazz Masters for broadcast on satellite 

radio XM. Since 2005, the Arts Endowment has 

partnered with Legends of Jazz, a weekly television 

series dedicated to legendary jazz artists and often highlighting NEA Jazz Masters. To 

find out more about these components, visit 

NEA AT 1 9 m ^ une 2004 ' the WK established three NEA Arts 

_J OUr.nal i 8 m Journalism Institutes to address a chronic problem 

i & it: e 8 throughout the country: the lack of quality arts criticism 

in the 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 mosdy 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. 

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 benefit from substantially enhanced writing about the arts. For 
more information, visit 

OPERATION m 2008 > Op era tion Homecoming, an NEA national 
If niiflfTnivfflVFr ^illative started in 2004, will support approximately 25 

writing workshops and related literary programming for 
U.S. troops, veterans, and their families, enabling them to write about their wartime 
experiences. The workshops will take place at veterans and Department of Defense 
health facilities and affiliated centers across the country. Participants will be able to 
access online resources and will receive materials such as an educational guide 
featuring distinguished wartime writing by veterans and civilians. Where possible, 
local literary organizations will take part in programming. Operation Homecoming 
is presented in coordination with the Department of Defense, the Department of 
Veterans Affairs, and the Southern Arts Federation. Operation Homecoming is made 
possible by The Boeing Company. For more information, visit 



Presented in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and the 
state arts agencies, Poetry Out Loud: National 
Recitation Contest is a national arts education program 
that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a 
dynamic recitation competition in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin 
Islands. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the high school 


classroom level, winners will advance to the school-wide competition, then to the 
state finals, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. 

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 school library. A total of $50,000 in 
scholarships and school stipends will be awarded at the National Finals. 

Any high school wishing to participate should contact its states arts agency for more 
information on the program. Visit for a list of contacts. 
The Web site also features standards-based educational materials, an online 
anthology of 500 poems, as well as tips on hosting a school contest. 



Shakespeare in American Communities was the first NEA 
National Initiative, launched in 2003, and has since become the 
largest tour of Shakespeare in American history. It began as a 
nationwide tour of seven professional theater companies, including 
performances at 18 military bases through an unprecedented 
partnership with the Department of Defense. The next phase of the initiative, 
Shakespeare for a New Generation, began in 2004 and focuses 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 

four years of Shakespeare for a New Generation, 128 grants have been awarded to 

theater companies, resulting in approximately 3,000 performances seen by more 

than 800,000 students and their families. The initiative has 

reached more than 1,700 communities in all 50 states, 

enabling students from more than 3,000 schools to see a 

professional production of Shakespeare. Teachers 

are benefiting from a free multimedia 

educational toolkit created by the Arts 

Endowment; more than 50,000 copies 

have been distributed, benefiting more 

than 20 million students. More 

information can be found at 


Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of 
The Merry Wives of Windsor, part of NEA's 
Shakespeare for a New Generation initiative. 
Photo by T. Charles Erickson 



The Arts 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 
$10,000 to $200,000. 

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. 

Russian choreographer Ivan 
Estegneev from Kostroma 
(standing) at the American 
Dance Festival in Durham, 
North Carolina, as part of 
the Open World Cultural 
Leaders Program. 
Photo by Gregory Georges, 
ADF 2007 

Chuchumbe, a Mexican sonjarocho ensemble, performs in Flint, Michigan, as part of the Midwest 
World Fest produced by regional arts organization Arts Midwest with support from the NEA. 
Photo courtesy of Arts Midwest 

State & Regional 

In 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 that 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 arts organizations, each representing a geographic grouping of states, assist 
the Arts 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 arts 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. 


Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, U.S. Representative Todd Tiahrt (Kansas), and NEA Chairman Dana 
Gioia at the Wichita Art Museum during a 2007 NEA grants workshop in Wichita, Kansas. 
Photo by Kirk Eck 

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. 

Through the^rte 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. To date, the program has 
indemnified 800 exhibitions, saving the organizers $185 million in insurance 
premiums. 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 required for 
organizations applying to the NEA. 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 3, 2008 

Earnest Project Start Date: 
January 1, 2009 

Translation Projects 

Applications through required 

Application Deadline: 
January 7, 2008 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
November 1, 2008 

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

Lifetime Honors 

National Medal of Arts 

Nomination Deadline: 
March 17, 2008 

Only online nominations accepted 

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

NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships 

Nomination Deadline: 
October 10, 2008 

For information, contact the Music 
staff at 
or 202/682-5711. 

NEA National Heritage Fellowships 

Nomination Deadline: 
October 1, 2008 

For information, contact the 
Folk & Traditional Arts staff 
at or 


Leadership Initiatives 

The Arts on Radio and Television 

Application Deadline: 
September 5, 2008 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
May 1, 2009 

For information, contact the Media 
Arts staff at or 


Grants for Arts Projects 

Challenge America: Reaching 
Every Community Fast-Track 
Review Grants 

Application Deadline: 
June 2, 2008 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
January 1, 2009 

For information, contact the staff at or 202/682-5700. 

Learning in the Arts for 
Children and Youth 

Application Deadline: June 9, 2008 

Earliest Project Start Date: June 1, 2009 

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

Dance, Music, Opera or 


Literature, Media Arts, Musical Theater, 

Theater or 202/682-5521 

Folk & Traditional Arts, Presenting 
(including multidisciplinary projects) or 202/682-5690 

Design, Local Arts Agencies, Museums, 

Visual Arts or 202/682-5688 


Grants for Arts Projects 

NOTE: is required for organizations applying to the NEA. Before you can apply, you 
must be registered with Learn more about by visiting our Web site at and register now. 

Access to Artistic 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 10, 2008 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
January 1 , 2009 

Application Deadline: 
August 11, 2008 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
June 1 , 2009 

or 202/682-5739 

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

Outreach, Preservation, 
Media and Technology 

or 202/682-5796 

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

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

Folk & Traditional Arts or 
202/682-5678, or 

Presentation of Living 
Cultural Heritage, Touring, 

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

or 202/682-5771 

Literary Publishing 

Audience Development, 
Professional Development 

Local Arts Agencies 
or 202/682-5586 

Services to the Field, 
Subgranting for Constituent 
Service Activities, Cultural 

Performing Arts 
BroadcastsA/isual Arts 
Exhibitions, Artist 
of Public and Monumental 
Art, Subgranting for 
Constituent Programming 



Application Deadline: 
March 10, 2008 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
January 1,2009 

Application Deadline: 
August 11, 2008 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
June 1,2009 

Media Arts: 
or 202/682-5742 

or 202/682-5576 


Organizations with names 
that begin A through L 
or 202/682-5590 

Organizations with names 
that begin M through Z 
or 202/682-5487 

Musical Theater or 
or 202/682-5020 

Exhibition, Film/Video 
Festivals, Distribution, 

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

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

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


Documentation, Collections, 
Public Programs 

Domestic Touring, Outreach, 
Recordings, Preservation, 


Creation of New Work, 
2008-09 Musical Theater 

2009-10 Musical Theater 
Production, Training, Services 
to the Field 

or 202/682-5600 

ALL Opera Projects 


or 202/682-5658 

or 202/682-5509, 
or 202/682-5020 

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

Creation of New Work, 
2008-09 Theater Production 

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

2009-10 Theater Production, 
Training, Services to the Field 

Visual Arts 
or 202/682-5555 

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. 


2006 Annual Report 

Presents profiles of some of the outstanding grants awarded in 
Fiscal Year 2006. Two organizations from every state that have 
received support from the National Endowment for the Arts are 
profiled, 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 National Heritage Fellowships: 25th Anniversary 

Profiles of many of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship recipients 
to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the award program. In all, 70 
Fellows are profiled, including the eight Bess Lomax Hawes 
recipients. Also included is the NEA National Heritage Fellowships 

NEA Jazz Masters 

Profiles NEA Jazz Masters from 1982 to 2008 with brief biographies 
and selected oncographies for all 100 honorees. Includes a brief 
history of NEA's creation of the Jazz Masters program and an 
overview of the newly expanded program. Also included is an hour- 
long audio CD of NEA-produced Jazz Moments, radio shorts of 
interviews with NEA Jazz Masters. 

American Masterpieces 

Provides information on the American Masterpieces initiative, 
including a brief overview of the program; a list of all the 
participating organizations in choral music, dance, literature, 
musical theater, and visual arts; a listing of all the states and cities 
served by the initiative (including a map of the cities), and a few 
examples of successful projects. 

Shakespeare in American Communities 

Provides information on the Shakespeare in American Communities 
initiative, including a brief overview of the program, a list of all 
current theater companies participating in the program (as well as 
a map of the companies), all the cities served, and a few examples 
of successful productions. 

Big Read Catalogue 

Provides information on the first 21 books to be featured in the 
NEA's Big Read initiative, including brief book and author 
descriptions and information on themes, film adaptations, 
performance possibilities, and accessibility materials. Information 
on how to apply to the program is also included. 

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 

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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 pull- 
out guide of arts activities. 


To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence 

This report is a new and comprehensive analysis of reading patterns 
of children, teenagers, and adults in the United States, assembling 
data on reading trends from more than 40 sources, including 
federal agencies, universities, foundations, and associations. The 
compendium expands the investigation of the NEA's landmark 2004 
report, Reading at Risk, and reveals recent declines in voluntary 
reading and test scores alike, exposing trends that have severe 
consequences for American society. 

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. 

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

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. 

How the United States Funds the Arts 

This report provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse 
network of public and private hinders 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. 

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, DC 



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

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

National Endowment for the Arts 

1 100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. 
Washington, DC 20506-0001 

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

rin This publication was printed on recycled paper. 
Information current as of January 2008. 

Front Cover: The University of Michigan's University Dance 
Company performs Martha Graham's Primitive Mysteries as part 
of the American Masterpieces: Dance college component. 
Photo by Peter Smith Photography 

Back Cover: Maryland's Cambodian-American Heritage dance 
students perform as part of a Cambodian New Year celebration 
with support from an NEA Access to Artistic Excellence grant. 
Photo by Tom Pich 

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