ART WORKS Guidelines: Media Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to support activities that reflect the dynamic, diverse, and evolving nature of the media arts field. Applicants may apply in this Art Works category for media arts projects that support creation, exhibition, education, and distribution of historic and contemporary artworks in all genres and forms that use electronic media, film and technology (analog & digital; old and new) as an artistic medium or a medium to broaden arts appreciation and awareness (of any discipline). All genres are welcome to apply; all phases of project support are eligible.

Deadlines

Art Works applications will be accepted at two deadlines; project types vary for each deadline. Apply at the deadline with the project type that most closely corresponds to the primary activities within your proposed project (see below for more details). All organizations must apply directly on their own behalf; applications through a fiscal sponsor are not allowed.

An organization may submit only one application in the Art Works category, with the following exception:  Any organization may submit more than one application in the Art Works category through the Media Arts discipline for the July deadline only. See Applicant Eligibility for more details.

First Art Works: Media Arts Deadline:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov February 16, 2017
Register/renew by at least January 25
Submit by at least February 7
Step 2 - Submit Materials to NEA-GO February 23, 2017 to March 2, 2017
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection November 2017
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance January 1, 2018

Eligible projects types include exhibition, presentation, distribution, and preservation activities:

  • Film/video/audio/new-media festivals that include artists, critics, and/or scholars, and are open to the general public and demonstrate meaningful community engagement.
  • Curated series, screenings, exhibitions, installations, and/or touring programs featuring all genres of historic and contemporary art that uses electronic media, film and technology (old and new) as an artistic medium and demonstrate meaningful community engagement.
  • Regional, national, or international distribution of electronic media, film, and technology as art.
  • Preservation, restoration, or archiving of media art works, and services that support preservation, restoration, or archiving efforts.

Note: We recognize projects may include a range of media arts-related activities. Please contact staff if it is unclear which deadline will be most suitable.

Second Art Works: Media Arts Deadline:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov July 13, 2017
Register/renew by at least June 21
Submit by at least July 4
Step 2 - Submit Materials to NEA’s new applicant portal July 20, 2017 to July 27, 2017
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection April 2018
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance June 1, 2018

Eligible project types include creation, education, and resources for artistic and professional development:

  • Production of all genres and forms of media art that use electronic media, film and technology (old and new) as an artistic medium or a medium to broaden arts appreciation and awareness (of any discipline). High-profile multi-part or single television, radio, and multi-platform programs are also acceptable. Genres include, but are not limited to, documentary, experimental, narrative, interactive, transmedia storytelling, game design, immersive, audio, internet, and other new technologies. All phases of a project are eligible for support including research and development, production, and completion costs.
  • Projects that enable the production of analog and digital tools, hardware and/or software that engage the process of hacking, circuit bending, creative coding, robotics, and audio or visual instrument building to produce new media art works.
  • Projects providing resources to artists and organizations, workspace and facilities access to equipment and related technologies, artist residencies, that are available to artists and/or the general public that assist in any phase of media arts production.
  • Educational activities and workshop series that engage groups of all ages and skill levels to learn, participate, or engage in the process of using electronic media, film, and technology as an art form. Artist-led activities are encouraged. If your project intends to serve pre-K-12 youth audiences, see "Choosing the Right Discipline for Youth Projects" to help you in your discipline selection.
  • Services to the national field, including conferences, field studies, convening, or workshops intended for media artists, critics, and scholars, and that are publicly accessible.
  • Widely distributed publications on issues pertinent to the media arts field, both practical and aesthetic, and both digital and in print.
  • The development of web portals, hubs, mobile and tablet apps (developed and made available for both iOS and Android devices), or other innovative uses of technology or new models to provide audiences with access to media artists and art works.

Note: We recognize projects may include a range of media arts-related activities. Please contact staff if it is unclear which deadline will be most suitable.

If you are recommended for a grant, your project may be subject to the National Environmental Policy Act  (NEPA) and/or the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Endowment for the Arts will conduct a review of your project to ensure that it is in compliance NEPA/NHPA.

Some of the common project types that garner a review are:

  • A project involving or occurring near a district, site, building, landscape, structure or object that is 50 years old and therefore eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The commissioning and installation of temporary or permanent outdoor furnishings such as benches or market structures or art such as a sculpture or mural.
  • An arts festival in a park.
  • Design planning and services for projects that may involve a historic site, structure, or district.

This review and approval process may take up to several months to complete and may delay your project's start date and our ability to make a grant award/our ability to release grant funds.

To learn more about what questions you will need to answer for the review of a project impacted by the National Environmental Policy Act and/or the National Historic Preservation Act, see here.

Note: Federal regulations require that all NEA-funded projects be accessible to people with disabilities. Funded activities must be held in an accessible venue and program access and effective communication must be provided for participants and audience members with disabilities. If your project is recommended for funding, you will be asked to provide information describing how you will make your project physically and programmatically accessible to people with disabilities.