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Washington, DC —The National Endowment for the Arts announces the nonprofit arts organizations recommended for direct funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These 855 organizations —located in every state, the District of Columbia, and...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Tejano musician and singer from Manuel "Cowboy" Donley from Austin, Texas, recipient of a 2014 National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. A...
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Washington, DC—As part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ work to support and celebrate our nation’s rich traditional arts heritage, the agency is announcing the 2020 recipients of its National Heritage Fellowships. These lifetime honor awards of $25,000 are given in...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of National Council on the Arts member, Diane Rodriguez . National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter said, "Our dear friend and cherished member of the National Council on the...
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Washington, DC — The National Endowment for the Arts announced today its guidelines to swiftly distribute funding to nonprofit arts organizations from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to preserve jobs and help support organizations forced to close...
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Washington, DC —In recognition of the arts’ $877 billion contribution to the U.S. economy and a source of 5.1 million American jobs, the National Endowment for the Arts will distribute $75 million in funding provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES)...
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Washington, DC —According to the latest data issued today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts, the arts remain a vital component of the U.S. economy. As the United States navigates a time of economic uncertainty due to the spread of COVID-...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Appalachian fiddler Clyde Davenport , recipient of a 1992 National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Clyde Davenport was born October 21,...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of Blues piano player Henry Gray , recipient of a 2006 National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Henry Gray grew up on a farm near Baton...
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Washington, DC — The National Endowment for the Arts today released the full results from the nation’s largest, most representative survey of adult participation in the arts. The new Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) records the different ways that American...

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