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Teens at table next to school bus with posters on it.
I grew up in the city of Philadelphia, and yet I find myself at the NEA managing a rural program—the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD). CIRD, a little-known National...
Click the link to take a look at the 2018 NEA Guide for details on the programs and activities of the NEA, as well as funding deadlines and information on Grants for Organizations, Literature Fellowships, Lifetime Honors, and Partnerships.
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwest South Dakota is big. At 3,469 square miles, the reservation is more than three times the size of Rhode Island’s land mass with only 16 percent of the population of that state’s capital, Providence, spread across the reservation’s expanse. Eighty...
A man in bandana does a watercolor painting in front of a colorful bus
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwest South Dakota is big. At 3,469 square miles, the reservation is more than three times the size of Rhode Island’s land mass with...
The places we know have stories to tell. Those stories can be powerful assets in rebuilding a place after its economic base disappears. Among such places is Pittsfield, a town of almost 45,000 in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts that for decades was home to General Electric. Today...
Deep in the Flint Hills of Kansas, the vast tallgrass prairie looks much like it did thousands of years ago. The rolling hills still stretch uninterrupted, their slender grasses rippling in the breeze. The night sky still burns bright with stars, untouched by light pollution. And every spring, the...
A neon sign outside the town of Green River, Utah.
Green River, Utah, (population 952) is in the southeastern part of the state, 52 miles north of the mountain biking mecca of Moab and 182 miles from Salt Lake City...
Man and woman examine a dulcimer
Located in the state’s eastern Appalachian region, Hindman, Kentucky, has seen its share of hardship in recent decades. The collapse of the coal industry left behind rampant unemployment, and the...
When a friend visiting from Philadelphia compared Whitesburg, Kentucky, to Stars Hollow, all she got from us was a blank stare. Turns out Stars Hollow is the setting of Gilmore Girls : a small idyllic town, rural and intimate, yet diverse and open-minded. When our friend arrived in Whitesburg—a...
It sounds simple enough. An arts organization or a community based-organization (a nonprofit that works locally to improve life for residents) is interested in doing a project that uses the arts to help advance a social issue. It could be centered on a placemaking effort in a neighborhood or...

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