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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

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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...
Mary Anne Carter delivers remarks against backdrop of Pearl Harbor
Honolulu, Hawaii —Against the dramatic backdrop of Pearl Harbor with the USS Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri Memorial, guests gathered on Friday, June 28 to honor the contributions of military families to the nation’s defense and to celebrate the experiences offered to those...

June 2019

Photos of the 2019 National Heritage Fellows with text reading 2019 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows.
Washington, DC —Today the National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows, recipients of the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The 2019 recipients are masters of a wide range of folk and traditional art forms: Tejano...
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Washington, DC —The National Council on the Arts , the advisory body for the National Endowment for the Arts, will gather in and around Detroit, Michigan, for their summer meeting, June 19 to 21, 2019—only the second meeting convened outside of Washington, DC in the past 29...

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