ART WORKS Guidelines: Folk & Traditional Arts

These are expired guidelines. New Art Works guidelines will be posted in mid-December. Do not begin working on your application until the new guidelines are posted as the requirements have changed.

The folk and traditional arts are rooted in and reflective of the cultural life of a community. Community members may share a common ethnic heritage, cultural mores, language, religion, occupation, or geographic region. These vital and constantly reinvigorated artistic traditions are shaped by values and standards of excellence that are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community, through demonstration, conversation, and practice. Genres of artistic activity include, but are not limited to, music, dance, crafts, and oral expression.

Projects

Art Works applications will be accepted under two deadlines. All project types are accepted under both deadlines.

Deadlines

First Art Works Deadline:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov February 18, 2016
Step 2 - Submit Materials to NEA-GO February 25, 2016 to March 3, 2016
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection November 2016
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance January 1, 2017

Second Art Works Deadline:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov July 14, 2016
Step 2 - Submit Materials to NEA-GO July 21, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection April 2017
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance June 1, 2017

Presentations

  • Festivals.
  • Concerts/performances/plays.
  • Screenings.
  • Broadcasts (both radio & TV).
  • Films.
  • Websites (this includes creating, maintaining, and upgrading the sites).
  • Exhibits (this includes research for the exhibit, construction of the exhibit, touring the exhibit, catalogs, and ancillary events, such as lectures, concerts, screenings, panel discussions, workshops, and demonstrations).

Education

  • Apprenticeship programs.
  • Workshops/classes offering instruction in various folk arts to the general public.
  • Folk Arts in Education programs (folk arts are used to augment regular curriculum).
  • Training for teachers and/or folk artists to incorporate folk arts into the classroom.
  • Creation of educational material for incorporating folk arts into the classroom curriculum.
  • Publications (both hard copy and digital).

Services to the Field

  • Training and support to folklorists, folk artists, and folk arts organizations.

Research

  • Archival research and fieldwork to identify and document folk arts and artists.
  • Marketing research to identify audiences for folk & traditional arts.