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October 2019

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Washington, DC —The public is invited to the 198th meeting of the National Council on the Arts , which takes place on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 9:30 AM to noon ET at the Phillips Collection, located at 1600 21st St NW in Washington, DC. The meeting includes agency business...
NEA Big Read logo and book covers.
Washington, DC —Are you a nonprofit organization interested in increasing community engagement, creating new partnerships, and celebrating great books? The 2020-2021 guidelines for National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grants are now available. This National Endowment for the...
Logo for Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge
Washington, DC —The six winners of the 2019 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge will be at New York City’s Reservoir studios for the recording of their final, original song on October 20 and 21, 2019. The Songwriting Challenge is a program of the National Endowment for the...

September 2019

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Washington DC —In its ongoing support of rural communities, the National Endowment for the Arts announces the 2019 communities taking part in its national initiative, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD). New this year, the Arts Endowment is expanding CIRD’s offerings...

August 2019

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Washington, DC —The National Endowment for the Arts will join the Library of Congress in celebrating books and reading at the 2019 National Book Festival on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. With support from the Arts...
Photos of the 2019 National Heritage Fellows with text reading 2019 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows.
Washington, DC —This September, two free events will celebrate the 2019 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows—recipients of our nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The awards ceremony on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 is an opportunity to...
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Washington, DC —The Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Arts are pleased to announce the selection of five artistic teams for the 2019-2020 US/Japan Creative Artists Fellowship Program . Each team of artists from the United States...
Toni Morrison reading applications at a meeting.
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the death of writer Toni Morrison, one of the world’s best-known and most successful novelists. From 1980-1987, Morrison was a member of the National Council on the Arts, the Arts Endowment’s advisory...
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Washington, DC —The United States Senate voted today to confirm Mary Anne Carter as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Carter had served as acting chairman of the agency since June 5, 2018 and becomes the Arts Endowment’s 12th chairman since its inception in 1965...

July 2019

Logo for Music Theater Songwriting Challenge
Washington, DC —The National Endowment for the Arts announced today the regional winners of the 2019 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge . A partnership with the the American Theatre Wing, the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge seeks to cultivate the next generation of...

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