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Grants

As a grant-making agency, the NEA gets to make a lot of “happy calls.” These are when our staff gets to telephone applicants and let them know that their project has been approved for funding, and that they are officially an NEA grantee. Just as sweet a day is when we get to spread this same news...
It isn’t all that long since blackface was common and images of war-whooping, tomahawk-wielding Native Americans weren’t given second thought. But increasingly, this country is beginning to open up a genuine discussion about what cultural appropriation in the arts looks like, and how minority...
As Nicholas Viselli says, there are certain professional limitations that sometimes come along with disabilities: “If I'm in a wheelchair, I might not ever be able to work construction on a high-rise building. If I'm blind, I might not ever be able to be a brain surgeon.” But in the arts, whether...
Tony Garcia, executive artistic director of Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center , likes to tell the story of the drum house. According to Garcia, pre-Columbian peoples believed “that a community was not whole until it had a space for its drum,” he said. “They meant a place where the drum...
At Elders Share the Arts, the History Alive program fosters dialogue between young people and senior citizen through the arts.
At the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York, the traditional relationship between museum and patron is undergoing a major transformation. Instead of visiting, viewing, and quietly appreciating, participants in the museum’s Arte Juntos/Art Together program are encouraged to talk, touch,...
Perhaps Joseph Maddy’s most unique quality was not his drive, passion, or vision, but his unwavering belief that children were fully capable of high-level success. When he founded the National High School Orchestra Camp in northwest Michigan 1928—the nation’s first summer camp devoted to music—it...
Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation Executive Director Nick Tilsen talks about the importance of the community in developing a new Our Town project.
“ I think one of the things that is so damaging in our society is the way that we build barriers against one another and feel that other people’s experiences now threaten ours. And the arts are a unique way to move people beyond their barriers. Public policy cannot do that effectively without there...
When Paul Willis was growing up in rural Illinois, there wasn’t an LGBTQ student group at his high school, nor was there easy access to mentors, resources, or information. The same went for college. It wasn’t until Willis moved to Minneapolis after college that he encountered a visible LGBTQ...

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