A Message From the National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Regarding #COVID19

By Mary Anne Carter, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
a visualization of the coronavirus, which looks like a round sphere with bristly red patches all over it

Image of the coronavirus courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As America confronts this period of unprecedented change and uncertainty, we want to assure you that one thing will not change: our support for the arts across this great nation.

The National Endowment for the Arts is open for business. Our staff, while working remotely for the next several weeks, is available to you via phone or email, as usual. Our grant application deadlines have not changed, and we look forward to receiving and reviewing our next round of grant applications in the coming weeks.

We know that there are more than five million Americans who make their livelihoods in the broader arts and cultural sector across the country and are potentially at risk. We also know that the arts provide comfort, resilience, wisdom, and the means for self-expression and connection, perhaps even more so during challenging times such as these. We have developed FAQs that are available on our website, and will continue to update our site with new information about relief resources and opportunities as they become available.

As you focus on the health and safety of yourself and your loved ones, please know that we are in this together, and that you can continue to rely on our full support.

You can find FAQs for Applicants and Awardees in Response to COVID-19 here.

You can find COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations here.

With deep appreciation for all that you do,

Mary Anne Carter, Chairman