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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 brings great 
art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, 
and military bases. 

Table of Contents 

About Us 

National Endowment for the Arts Funding 

Grants for Arts Projects 

Literature Fellowships 

Lifetime Honors .... 

National Initiatives 

Leadership Initiatives 

NEA Partners 

Other Arts Endowment Activities. 


Literature Fellowships . 

Lifetime Honors 

Leadership Initiatives . . 

Grants for Arts Projects 


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), 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, music, 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. 


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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, the folk and traditional arts, and opera. 
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 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 Aits. 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 


Corey Scott-Gilbert from 
Alonzo King's Lines Ballet 
and Shi Yanguo from 
Shaolin Temple USA in the 
joint-company performance 
of Long River High Sky 
at France's Montpellier 
Dance Festival through 
the USArtists International 
program, administered by 
regional arts organization 
Mid Atlantic Arts 
Foundation with support 
from the NEA. 
Photo by Marty Sohl 

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Cherise Booth and Russell 
Hornsby in New York- 
based Signature Theatre's 
.production of August Wilson's 
King Medley II, supported 
by an -NEA Access to Artistic 
_ Excellence grant. 
Photo by Carol"Rosegg — r__ 



Grants for Arts Projects support exemplary projects in artist communities, dance, 
design, folk and traditional arts, literature, local aits agencies, media arts, 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 
aits organizations, local aits 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 categoiy, 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 


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 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. 

Native-American dancers perform at the Living Traditions Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah, 
supported by an NEA Challenge America grant. 
Photo courtesy Salt Lake City Arts Council 

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; the creation of 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 cliildren 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 cliildren 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 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. 

Aubree Mease and Will Hagestad marbling paper as part of the Minnesota Center for 
Book Arts' By Design Teen Artist program, supported by an NEA Learning in the Arts grant. 
Photo by Emma Allen 



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 Roberto Bolario. Non-matching 
grants are awarded depending upon the artistic excellence and merit of the project, 
in the amounts of $12,500 or $25,000. 

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; NEA National Heritage Fellowships; and NEA Opera 
Honors. Information on nominating candidates for these awards can be found on 
the NEA Web site at 

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. 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. 


Leontyne Price, Carlisle Floyd, and Richard Gaddes, three of the inaugural class of NEA Opera 
Honors recipients. 
Photo by Henry Grossman 

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 of those individuals 
who have made significant contributions to the art of jazz. 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 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, 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 $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. 

NEA Opera Honors 

The NEA Opera Honors, a new award authorized by Congress in 2008, recognize 
individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to opera in the United States. 
This honor represents the highest recognition that our nation bestows in opera. 
Non-matching fellowships of $25,000 each are awarded annually on the basis of 
nominations. In addition to extraordinary performers and interpreters who have 
made a lasting impact in the field, also eligible are individuals whose mastery has 
advanced the knowledge and appreciation of opera for the general public. 



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



American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic 
Genius is a major initiative to acquaint Americans with the best of 
their cultural and artistic legacy. Through American Masterpieces, 
the NEA sponsors performances, exhibitions, tours, and educational 
programs across different art forms that reach large and small 
communities in all 50 states. 

Arts education activities make up a substantial portion of the initiative, creating 
substantial and engaging in-school programs and bringing an unprecedented 
number of students to the exhibitions, presentations, and performances. 

Thus far, grants have been awarded in choral and chamber music, dance, musical 
theater, presenting, and visual arts for touring, performances, presentations, and 
exhibitions. More information can be found on the NEA Web site at 



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 gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss, 
and celebrate literature. This initiative supports innovative reading programs in 
selected communities, including expansive outreach, broadcast and print publicity 
campaigns, engaging educational resources for discussing The Big Read titles, 
and an extensive Web site offering comprehensive information about the authors 


Author Ursula K. Le Guin participated 
in a Big Read event presented by 
Timberland Regional Library of 
Hoquiam, Washington, in October 200S 
Photo courtesy of Timberland Regional Library 


Regional Library 

Jazz Master Tom Mcintosh tak 
the stage with the Jazz at Lincoln 
Center Orchestra for the 2009 awar 
ceremony and concert in New York City. 
Photo by Tom Pich 

and their works. To date, the 
NEA has given more than 500 
grants to support local Big Read 
projects. Grantees selected for 
the September 2009-June 2010 
programming cycle will read one 
of 30 selections from American or 
world literature. 

In 2007, the NEA created American Literary Landmarks, a new component of The 
Big Read, to celebrate great American poets and the nation's historic poetry sites. 
In partnership with the Poetry Foundation, the NEA provided these sites with grants 
to support programming, as well as educational and promotional materials. The 
pilot initiative featured three poets: Emily Dickinson, Robinson Jeffers, and Henry 
Wadsworth Longfellow. Any organization applying for the 2009-2010 grant cycle 
may choose one of these poets for its Big Read. 

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. Educational materials for American Literary Landmarks 
sites are made possible through the generous support of the Poetry Foundation. 
Transportation for The Big Read is provided by Ford. 

For more information about The Big Read and upcoming application deadlines 
please visit 

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The Arts Endowment continues to expand the reach of its 
NEA Jazz Masters program by broadening public 
III II III II III II III II recognition of the now 106 NEA Jazz Masters, enhancing 

the public's knowledge of jazz, and placing a more significant 
spotlight on America's jazz legends through NEA Jazz Masters Live, a presenting 
program of performances and residencies, administered by Arts Midwest. 

Another component of the initiative, NEA Jazz in the Schools, is a dedicated 
arts education component in jazz that was created in partnership with Jazz at 
Lincoln Center and supported with a grant from the Verizon Foundation. 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 Nearly eight 
million students have learned about jazz from the toolkit and online curriculum. 
Broadcasting programming was created as part of the NEA Jazz Masters program, 
such as Jazz Moments, radio shorts on NEA Jazz Masters for broadcast on SIRIUS 
XM Radio. Since 2005, the Arts Endowment also has 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 


2008 Poetry Out Loud national 
champion Shawntay A. Henry o 
Charlotte Amalie High School ir 
the United States Virgin I 
Photo by James Kegley 


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Arts Journalism 

Institutes to address a chronic problem throughout the country: the lack of quality 
arts criticism in the media. The institutes' focus is on improving arts criticism in 
classical music and opera, theater and musical theater, and dance. In 2009, the NEA 
will begin offering an institute for visual arts journalists. 

Arts journalists working for print, broadcast, or Internet outlets located mostly 
outside the country's largest media markets are eligible to apply. Each institute hosts 
up to 25 fellows for a two- or three-week fellowship that includes performances, 
behind-the-scenes tours, and writer workshops. Institutes for dance critics will 
be hosted by the American Dance Festival 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 new visual arts institute, scheduled for June 2009, will be based at American 
University in Washington, DC, and be run in cooperation with the university and the 
U.S. Department of State. Of the 20 fellows chosen to participate, half will be from 
foreign countries. 

OPERATION Be §i nmn § in 2008 > Operation Homecoming, an 
HftMTPftlvfllvfr NEA nat ' ona l initiative started in 2004, is supporting 

approximately 25 multiweek 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 Department 
of Veterans Affairs 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 

K^M'C'tA'- Recitation Contest is a national arts education program 
for high school students that encourages the study of great 
poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition in all 
50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Poetry Out Loud 
uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners 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 receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to 
Washington to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school 


receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. A runner-up in each 
state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. A total of $50,000 in 
scholarships and school stipends are awarded at the national finals. 

Any school wishing to participate should contact its state 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 600 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 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 
five years of Shakespeare for a New Generation, 168 grants have been awarded to 
theater companies, resulting in approximately 5,400 performances seen by more 
than 1.2 million students and their families. The initiative has reached more than 
2,300 communities in all 50 states, enabling students from more than 3,600 schools 
to see a professional production of Shakespeare. Teachers are benefiting from a free 
multimedia educational toolkit created by the Arts Endowment; almost 65,000 copies 
have been distributed, benefiting more than 25 million students. More information 
can be found at 

Teresa Castracane as 
Hermione and Lindsey 
Haynes as Perdita in the 
Baltimore Shakespeare 
Festival's production of 
The Winter's Tale, part of 
NEA's Shakespeare for a 
New Generation initative. 
Photo by James Kinstle, 
courtesy of Baltimore 
Shakespeare Festival 


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. Tins 
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. 

The Fisk Jubilee Singers, 2008 Medal of Arts recipients, performed a statewide tour in 2007 
with support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, a partner of the NEA. 
Photo by Nicole Kaklis 

State & Regional 

In partnership with the 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies and six regional 
arts organizations, the National Endowment for the Aits 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 funders 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. 


Milwaukee Art Museum and the National Gallery of Art partnered to present a touring exhibit 
of 50 paintings by Dutch master Jan Lievens, including Fighting Cardplayers and Death, ca. 
1638, indemnified by the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program, administered by the NEA. 
Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Art Museum, Private Collection 

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 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 and, as of 2008, domestic exhibitions. To date, 
the program has indemnified 900 exhibitions, saving the organizers $230 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 facilitated 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. 


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Literature Fellowships 

Creative Writing Fellowships/Fiction 
and Creative Nonfiction 

Application Deadline: March 5, 2009 

Earnest Project Start Date: 
January 1, 2010 

Translation Projects 

Application Deadline: January 9, 2009 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
November 1, 2009 

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

Lifetime Honors 

National Medal of Arts 

Nomination Deadline: March 17, 2009 
Only online nominations accepted 

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

l\IEA Jazz Masters Fellowships 

Nomination Deadline: October 9, 2009 

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

NEA Monal Heritage Fellowships 

Nomination Deadline: October 1, 2009 

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

l\IEA Opera Honors 

Nomination Deadline: November 30, 2009 
For information, contact the 
Opera staff or 

Leadership Initiatives 

The Arts on Radio and Television 

Application Deadline: 
September 3, 2009 

Earliest Project Start Date: May 1, 2010 

For information, contact the Media 
Aits staff at or 

Grants for Arts Projects 

Challenge America: Reaching 
Every Community Fast-Track 
Review Grants 

Application Deadline: May 28, 2009 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
January 1, 2010 

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

Learning in the Arts tor 
Children and Youth 

Application Deadline: June 11, 2009 

Earliest Project Start Date: June 1, 2010 

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, Musical Theater, Theater or 202/682-5521 

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

Design, Local Arts Agencies, 
Media Arts, Museums, Visual Arts or 202/682-5704 


Grants for Arts Projects 

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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 12, 2009 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
January 1, 2010 

Application Deadline: 
August 13, 2009 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
June 1,2010 

Artist Communities or 

or 202/682-5739, or 

or 202/682-5703 

Folk & Traditional Arts or 
202/682-5678, bergeyb© or 202/682-5726 

or 202/682-5771 

ALL Artist Communities 

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

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, 

Literary Publishing 


Outreach, Preservation, 
Media and Technology 

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 

Audience Development, 
Professional Development 

Local Arts Agencies 
or 202/682-5586 

Services to the Field: 
Activities such as Marketing, 
Audience Development, 
Cultural Planning, 
Professional Development 

Subgranting for Service 

Performing Arts Events/ 



Arts Exhibitions, Artist 



of Public and Monumental 


Subgranting for 
Programming Activities 



Application Deadline: 
March 12, 2009 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
January 1,2010 

Application Deadline: 
August 13, 2009 

Earliest Project Start Date: 
June 1, 2010 

Media Arts: Film/Radio/ 
or 202/682-5742 

Exhibition, Film/Video 
Festivals, Distribution, 

Conferences, Facilities 
Access, Production, 
Publications, Services to 

or 202/682-5576 

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

the Field 


Documentation, Collections, 
Public Programs 


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

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

Jazz projects 
or 202/682-5711 

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

Domestic Touring, Outreach, 
Recordings, Preservation, 

Musical Theater or 
or 202/682-5020 

Creation of New Work, 
2009-10 Musical Theater 

2010-11 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 

Visual Arts 
or 202/682-5555 

Activities for Underserved 
Communities, Outdoor 
Festivals and Programs 

Creation of New Work, 
2009-10 Theater Production 

Exhibitions, Residencies, 
Publications, Commissions, 
Public Art 

Training for Artists, Creation, 
Commissioning, Touring, 
Presentation, Residencies, 
Services to Artists and Arts 
Organizations, Preservation 

2010-11 Theater 
Production, Training, 
Services to the Field 


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. 


2007 Annual Report 

Presents profiles of some of the outstanding grants awarded in 
Fiscal Year 2007. 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. (2008) 

NEA Jazz Masters 

Profiles NEA Jazz Masters from 1982 to 2008 with brief biographies 
and selected discographies for all 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. (2008) 

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. (2008) 


Big Read Catalogue 

Provides information on the 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. (2008) 

NEA National Heritage Fellowships: 25th Anniversary 

Profiles 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 
DVD-ROM. (2007) 

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. (2007) 

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. (2006) 


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. (2004) 


Artists in the Workforce: 1990-2005 

This report is the first nationwide look at artists' demographic and 
employment patterns in the 21st century, gathering new statistics 
from the U.S. Census Bureau to provide a comprehensive overview 
of this workforce segment and its maturation over the past 30 years, 
along with detailed information on specific artist occupations. (2008) 



All America's a Stage: Growth and Challenges in Nonprofit Theater 

This report examines developments in the growth, distribution, and 
finances of America's nonprofit theater system since 1990. Nearly 
2,000 nonprofit theaters were analyzed for the study. While the 
research indicates broad growth and generally positive fiscal health, 
it also reveals decreasing attendance rates and vulnerability during 
economic downturns. (2008) 

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. (2007) 

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. (2006) 

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. (2004) 

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National Endowment for the Arts 
Office of Communications 
Victoria Hutter, Acting Director 
Don Ball, Publications Manager/Editor 

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Information current as of January 2009- 

Front Cover: Teresa Wakim portrays Flore in Boston Early 
Music Festival's production of the French Baroque opera 
Psyche, supported by an NEA grant. 
Photo by Andre Constantini 

Back Cover: The entrance to the NEA-supported Magritte and 

Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images exhibition at the 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gallery space designed by 
California artist John Baldessari. 
Photo courtesy of Museum Associates/LACMA 

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