Publications About the NEA
An Arts Legacy for Our Communities
An in-depth analysis and examination of the current state of the nonprofit arts in America. Written by Gary O. Larson. NEA 1997.194pp.
Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions
An updated and expanded version of Resources for Recovery: Post-Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions. Includes summary descriptions and contact information for 15 federal grant and loan programs and covers sources of federal assistance for preparedness, mitigation, and response, as well as for recovery. Sample projects in disaster planning, training, treatment research, and restoration illustrate the funding guidelines.
2013 NEA Guide
The 2013 Guide provides details on the programs and activities that the NEA supports, as well as funding deadlines for our various grants. Included is information on Grants for Arts Projects, Our Town, Literature Fellowships, Lifetime Honors, and Partnerships (including NEA initiatives). January 2013. 24 pp.
How Art Works: The National Endowment for the Arts' Five-Year Research Agenda, with a System Map and Measurement Model
How do you measure how art works - on people, on communities, or on society? It's a broad question, and the National Endowment for the Arts offers an ambitious plan to "map" the arts to better understand and measure this complex, dynamic system. How Art Works describes the agency's five-year research agenda, framed and informed by a groundbreaking "system map" and measurement model. The map is grounded in the theory that arts engagement contributes to quality of life in a virtuous cycle from the individual level to the societal level, and back. The map helps illustrate the dynamic, complex interactions that make up this particular system, from "inputs" such as education and arts infrastructure, to "outcomes" such as benefits of the arts to individuals and communities. The NEA developed the map through a series of dialogues with researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the arts, economics, education, health, and other fields. September 2012. 46 pp. In addition to the main publication, you will access the two appendices by clicking "Download pdf"
How the United States Funds the Arts
This report provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse network of public and private funders that directly and indirectly support the arts in the U.S. It explains the role of the National Endowment for the Arts and other public partners at the federal, state, and local levels as well as that of private partners, such as foundations, corporations, and individuals. 26 pp.
A Legacy of Leadership: Investing in America's Living Cultural Heritage Since 1965
Celebrating the NEA's 35th anniversary, this publication highlights more than 50 important NEA-funded projects that made a lasting difference to communities, individuals, and organizations. NEA 2000. 80pp.
National Endowment for the Arts, 1965-2000: A Brief Chronology of Federal Support for the Arts
A thumbnail history of the first 35 years of the federal government's support for the arts and the achievements of the NEA since its inception. NEA 2000. 96pp.
National Endowment for the Arts: A History 1965-2008
This publication documents the agency's major activities since its creation by the United States Congress in 1965. Also included are overviews of the agency's impact on dance, literature, media arts, museums, music, opera, theater, and visual arts. January 2009. 310 pp.
National Medal of Arts
This publication provides information on the National Medal of Arts and how to submit nominations. Included is a list of all award recipients from 1985 to the present.
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