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September 2020

Songwriting logo.
Washington, DC —The National Endowment for the Arts with the American Theatre Wing announced today the winners of the 2020 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge. Through mentorships with professional musical theater artists, the Songwriting Challenge seeks to cultivate the next...
2020 National Book Festival poster with three books in bright colors balanced on one another.
Washington, DC —As the Library of Congress celebrates the 20th National Book Festival, held online September 25-27, the National Endowment for the Arts will once again sponsor the Poetry & Prose Stage, featuring United States Poets Laureate, NEA Literature Fellows, and past...

August 2020

Cover of Creativity and Persistence book
Washington, DC —In celebration of the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, the National Endowment for the Arts announced today its publication of a new book that probes how the arts fueled the fight for the women’s suffrage. Titled Creativity and Persistence: Art...

July 2020

Photos of the Jazz Masters with the words National Endowment for the Arts 2020 Jazz Masters
(updated August 11, 2020) Washington, DC—The National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with SFJAZZ, will host a special online-only concert in honor of the 2020 NEA Jazz Masters— Dorthaan Kirk (A.B. Spellman Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy), Bobby McFerrin ,...
An American flag that says CARES Act funding awarded National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, DC —The National Endowment for the Arts announces the nonprofit arts organizations recommended for direct funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These 855 organizations —located in every state, the District of Columbia, and...

June 2020

A collage of photos of different individuals with art work or performing with the text 2020 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowships
Washington, DC—As part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ work to support and celebrate our nation’s rich traditional arts heritage, the agency is announcing the 2020 recipients of its National Heritage Fellowships. These lifetime honor awards of $25,000 are given in...
A blue screen with two rectangles showing two people video chatting with one another.
Washington, DC—Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read initiative brings communities together around the shared activity of reading and discussing a book. Today, the Arts Endowment is announcing funding for 84 organizations to lead NEA Big Read projects between...
A young woman stands on the left side of the photo holding a video camera out in front of her
As a part of its regular grantmaking, separate from grants related to CARES Act funding, the National Endowment for the Arts announces over $84 million for 1,144 new awards to organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and each of the five U.S. territories. Grants...

April 2020

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Washington, DC — The National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation are recognizing and celebrating the 2020 Poetry Out Loud™ student champions by distributing cash prize awards, sharing videos of poetry recitations by participants across the United States, and announcing...
Report cover for Envisioning the Future of Theater for Young Audiences showing two children pointing excitedly towards a stage.
Washington, DC—Recognizing the benefits of theater experiences in developing creative, adept, and resilient young people, the National Endowment for the Arts is releasing Envisioning the Future of Theater for Young Audiences . While the country copes with the ravages of COVID-19...

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