National Endowment for the Arts to Announce Arts Journalism Grant Recipients via Webinar

Sasha Anawalt to Lead Conversation with Grantees & Audience on Future of Arts Journalism

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WASHINGTON – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will announce the recipients of Art Works grant awards focused on arts journalism via webinar on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. Following brief presentations of their projects, the awardees will join Sasha Anawalt and the webinar audience for a wide-ranging discussion about the challenges and future possibilities for arts journalism.

Sasha Anawalt is associate professor and director of arts journalism programs at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communications. She also directs the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program, and leads many experimental journalism projects that create and test innovative digital media practices, systems and tools, often using L.A. as a living laboratory.

The December 11 webinar conversation will examine some of the project types (including the to-be-announced projects) that have been funded to date by the NEA and the issues those project types engage such as:

·         Forming partnerships among arts organizations, academic journalism programs, and/or media from print, broadcast, and online platforms

·         Offering training for aspiring citizen journalists as well as non-arts, professional journalists

·         Using new technology effectively including how best to integrate platforms

The webinar will also touch on results of the second National Summit on Arts Journalism, directed by Sasha Anawalt and Doug McLennan. Those results are available here, and topics may include the journalist as curator of arts experiences and the relationship between reporters/writers and readers.

The NEA began its most recent chapter promoting arts journalism when it partnered with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to create the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge in July 2011. With the announcement of its three finalists, the challenge concluded in April 2012. The NEA then folded support for arts journalism into its Art Works category, announcing the first arts journalism projects funded through Art Works on May 14, 2013.

How to Join the Webinar

Please register in advance here. You may listen using your computer's speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees are strongly encouraged to submit questions and comments during the discussion through a Q & A text box or to tweet using the hashtag #artsjourno.

In Case You Can't Attend

An archive of the webinar will be available here on the NEA's website shortly after the event.


As noted, organizations can apply for funding for arts journalism projects through the NEA's Art Works category. Applications and guidelines will be posted on the NEA website in early January 2014.


About the National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.


Victoria Hutter,, 202-682-5692