$74 Million Funds Hundreds of Community-based Art Projects
- See the list of the 1,023 awardees by city and state.
- See the list of Art Works awards and state and regional partnerships by arts discipline or field.
- See the list of the 263 panelists that collectively reviewed 1,794 applications for funding.
Boston Public Schools will receive a $100,000 grant to deepen the work of the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative in high schools. The project will increase the number of graduates who meet Massachusetts Common Core Standards in art. Schools, teaching artists, and partners will receive professional development and provide new arts classes while partners in the community will secure funding, track outcomes, and plan how to reach all Boston Public School students.
See the complete list of Art Works collective impact projects.Research: Art Works For the fourth year, the NEA has offered a funding opportunity for research to investigate the value and/or impact of the arts in American life. The NEA is recommending 19 projects totaling $300,000 for support. These projects fall into two categories, some seeking to report trends and characteristics of arts workers or organizations and others to examine the relationship between arts engagement and cognitive, social, emotional, or health related outcomes at different stages of the lifespan. These two project types include the impact of arts learning on students’ academic capacities and the health outcomes of older adults who participate in arts activities. Music and theater are the most common art forms represented in these projects. An example is:
Boise State University in Idaho will receive a $15,000 grant to support a study of the relationships between universities and creative clusters in the Intermountain West region. The comparative case study will survey regional artists in Colorado and Nevada and university administrators in Colorado, Nevada, and Idaho.
See the complete list of Research: Art Works projects.Through State and Regional Partnership Agreements, the NEA will award $48.7 million. STATE AND REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS Every state and U.S. jurisdiction has its own arts agency that can receive NEA funding. In addition to these 55 agencies, six regional arts organizations manage programs for a collection of states. Forty percent of the NEA’s grantmaking funds go to the state and regional arts organizations. Through partnership agreements, the NEA extends its reach to every community in America, translating national leadership into local and regional benefit. A total of $48,727,900 is recommended for these partners, with $39,890,600 designated for state arts agencies. Among activities of note for state arts agencies are:
Collaboration with one another to benefit underserved communities. For example, the state arts agencies of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi established the Gulf Coast Presenters consortium to increase booking opportunities for each state's artists and to develop the capacity of small presenters.
Relocation of an arts agency within a larger state department. Five agencies (Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Nevada, and New York) are reinventing themselves and capitalizing on new resources. For example, a move of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to within Michigan's Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) gave the council access to a MEDC crowd-funding initiative to help communities raise money for local public spaces.To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring2015. About the National Endowment for the Arts Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit www.arts.gov.