Volunteer to be a National Endowment for the Arts Panelist
Arts Endowment panelists play a central role in reviewing applications for funding. We rely on panels composed of individuals who represent a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints, as well as wide geographic and ethnic diversity, to provide advice about the artistic excellence and artistic merit of proposals in a variety of funding categories. Our panels are composed of both arts professionals and knowledgeable laypersons. Most panelists are arts professionals who are qualified by their activities, training, skills, and/or experience in one or more art forms. Every panel also includes a layperson – someone knowledgeable about the arts but not engaged in the arts as a profession either full- or part-time.
We maintain a database to help us identify and select panelists. The Arts Endowment does not share this information with any third parties. Responding to some of the questions is voluntary and the information is used only for statistical and diversity inclusion purposes. However, inclusion in this database does not guarantee that someone will be asked to serve on a panel.
Individuals are engaged as Special Government Employees while they serve on a panel. As such, panelists must be United States Citizens or Permanent Residents, also known as “green card” holders. All panelists must have an account with a U.S. bank or financial institution in order to be paid.