Grant: Art Works
Agency: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Deadline: The deadlines are March 7, 2013 and August 8, 2013.
Description: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has changed the structure of their Grants for Arts Projects. The Access to Artistic Excellence, Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth and Arts in Media categories have been replaced with this new funding category called Art Works.
Art Works encourages and supports the following four outcomes:
- The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence.
- Public engagement with diverse and excellent art.
- Lifelong learning in the arts.
- Livability: the strengthening of communities through the arts.
The same types of projects that were supported in the past through Arts in Media, Access to Artistic Excellence and Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth will continue to be eligible. Applicants will be asked to select the outcome that is most relevant to their projects. Applicants who applied to Learning in the Arts of Children and Youth in the past will now apply to Art Works and select the learning outcome.
NEA recognizes that arts and design organizations are often at the forefront of innovation in their work, and strongly encourages innovation within the outcomes listed above. Innovative projects can include those that have the potential for meaningful change, are distinctive or have the potential to lead to other innovations.
There are two deadlines for the Art Works program: March 7, 2013, and August 8, 2013. Different types of projects are allowed under each deadline. Apply under the deadline with the NEA outcome and project example that most closely correspond to the primary focus of your proposed project. The examples of projects funded during each deadline vary depending on which discipline the applicant is part of. Most public media stations will choose to apply in the Media Arts or Arts Education discipline, so those are the examples included here. For more examples from other disciplines, including Artist Communities, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literature, Local Arts Agencies, Museums, Music, Opera, Presenting & Multidiscplinary Works, Research, State & Regional, Theater & Musical Theater, and Visual Arts, see this page of the NEA website.
New in FY 2013 for projects taking place in 2014, NEA Art Works funding will support arts journalism projects. Applications can be submitted through any of the NEA's 14 arts disciplines for projects featuring collaborations that strengthen the field of community arts journalism and arts criticism. Arts organizations can serve their audiences as well as the broader, local arts community through arts journalism projects. Such projects also provide a means for arts organizations to partner with non-arts institutions (such as media institutions) to further the quality of cultural conversations and activities.
The types of projects listed below are examples of those due by the March 7, 2013 deadline. Be sure to reference the relevant program notice for more details.
Media Arts - Engagement:
- Exhibition of film/video art including the production of program notes and commentary by visiting artists and critics.
- Film/video festivals involving the general public that include film/video artists, video game and transmedia designers, critics and/or scholars, and panels and seminars.
- Innovative uses of technology or new models to provide audiences with access to film and video art works and artists. Activities and services which provide media artists and organizations with resources essential for artistic growth and development.
Media Arts - Learning:
- Workshops/residencies/conferences that involve media artists, critics and the general public.
- Education and related activities for children, adults, intergenerational groups and schools.
Media Arts - Livability:
- Media arts exhibitions, festivals and other activities in public spaces that are intended to foster community interaction and/or enhance the unique characteristics of a community.
Arts Education - Learning (Community-based):
- Community-based arts education activities for children and youth generally between ages five and 18 that demonstrate increased knowledge and skills in the arts consistent with national or state arts education standards.
- Community-based arts education professional development activities for teachers, teaching artists and other educators that demonstrate increased knowledge and skills necessary to engage children and youth in community-based arts learning, consistent with national or state education standards.
- Projects that explore ways to integrate community-based arts learning in other subjects.
- Projects that incorporate digital learning in arts or media literacy in arts.
- Innovative community-based projects that explore new models for engaging children and youth with the arts or that keep arts education providers abreast of the latest advances in both art forms and teaching practices.
The types of projects listed below are examples of those due by the August 8, 2013 deadline. Be sure to reference the relevant program notice for more details.
Media Arts - Creation:
- Media art productions: Projects may include documentary and dramatic narratives, experimental, animated, transmedia, or interactive and narrative work, performance programs, arts related segments in an existing series, and multipart webisodes. Productions must emphasize the creative use of media, fulfilling and extending their artistic possibilities. All phases of a project are eligible for support including research and development, production and completion costs.
Media Arts - Engagement:
- Publications on issues pertinent to the field, both practical and aesthetic.
Preservation, restoration or archiving media art works.
- Development of web portals, hubs, mobile apps or other innovative uses of technology to provide audiences with access to media art works and artists.
Arts Education - Learning (School-based):
- School-based arts education activities for children and youth pre-kindergarten through grade 12 that demonstrate increased knowledge and skills in the arts consistent with national or state arts education standards. Projects should engage children and youth over an extended period to increase their proficiency in and understanding of an artistic discipline, genre or form.
- School-based arts education professional development activities for teachers, teaching artists and other educators that demonstrate increased knowledge and skills necessary to engage children and youth in school-based arts learning, consistent with national or state education standards.
- Projects that explore ways to integrate school-based arts learning in other projects.
- Projects for youth which highlight the role arts learning can plan in supporting livable communities.
- Innovative school-based projects that explore new models for engaging children and youth with the arts, or that keep arts education providers abreast of the latest advances in both art forms and teaching practices.
Fit for public broadcasting: Under this program, public media stations can receive funding to create programming, implement arts education programs and conduct public engagement activities in communities. Because this is a new program with slightly different requirements than its predecessors, potential applicants should read NEA’s guidelines carefully to determine which discipline, outcome and deadline are most appropriate for their application.
Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organization; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities may apply. Applicants may be arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, local education agencies and other organizations that can help advance the goals of the Arts Endowment.
All applicants must have a DUNS number and be registered with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and maintain an active CCR registration until the application process is complete and, should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award.
Anticipated funding: Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. In the past few years, well over half of the agency’s grants have been for amounts less than $25,000. All grants require a nonfederal match of at least one to one.
How to apply: Applications must be submitted via Grants.gov. Online submission requires registration, a process that usually takes three to five business days but can take as long as four weeks. Be sure to visit Grants.gov and begin registering well in advance of the deadline.
Program Notice, Media Arts
Program Notice, Arts Education
The Arts Endowment will be conducting an Arts Works Guidelines Webinar on May 30th at 3:00 pm EDT for potential media arts applicants to the August 8th deadline. Register, here.
NEA Strategic Plan 2012-2016
Check out our April 2012 webinar on this program featuring Alyce Myatt, Director of New Media at NEA