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Money for Murals, Music, and More!  The NEA Art Works Program

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A junior high school students decides she no longer wants to skip school. A senior citizen finds he needs less pain medication. A local business district sees a dramatic increase in patronage.  What do these scenarios have in common? An increased exposure to the arts! Art tastes so good we forget it is good for us. Here are more reasons to dig up your paint brushes and revisit your favorite musical:

  • Young people who participate in art are: two times as likely to read for pleasure, three times as likely to win attendance awards, and four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.
  • Exposure to art helps at risk students in and out of school.
  • Patients engaging in art improve on a variety of outcomes, including pain reduction.
  • In 2010, the art industry generated $135.2 billion in economic activity, supported $4.13 million full time jobs, and contributed $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state, and the federal government.


The Art Works Program

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is an independent federal agency whose mission is to make sure we nurture a culture of the arts. It is accepting applications for the second round of the Art Works Program, which will fund projects that:

  • Prove transformative in new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public.
  • Are distinctive with unconventional solutions and fresh insights.
  • Can be shared and/or emulated. 


Applying for Art Works

Categories include design, dance, literature, folk & traditional arts, music, theater, artistic communities, arts education and more. Eligible applicants are nonprofits, state and local government, Native American tribes, elementary and secondary schools, local education agencies, school districts, and state and regional education agencies.  The 2017 deadlines are February 16 and July 13.


Happy 50th, NEA

Help the National Endowment for the Arts celebrate 50 years of creativity by stopping by its golden anniversary website. Share your own story about how the arts have moved you using the written word, photos, or videos. Selected submissions will be shared on the website and social media. Be the new muse behind the next masterpiece!


           "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

Pablo Picasso