NEA Local Arts Agencies Winter 2017 Newsletter

Winter 2017
From the Director 
Dear Colleagues,
As I was going through some files the other day, I was struck by the evolution of local arts agencies (LAA) over the past few decades.  For the most part, the hyper-localism of these agencies has put them in service to communities in ways that the pioneers in our field could scarcely imagine today.  Although grant-making is still a significant part of the LAA portfolio, as intermediaries in the community, LAAs are at many more tables, leveraging more innovative partnerships and collaborations in order to advance artists, arts, and culture to make their cities and towns better places to live, work, and visit.
Every year, we refine our guidelines in order to accommodate changes and trends we see in the field - without becoming overly proscriptive.  Without exception, every citizen volunteer panelist during my tenure has commented on the diversity of community priorities and approaches that LAAs take to promote arts and culture.  If your LAA has never applied to the NEA, please consider doing so this year.  And if you've never served as a review panelist, please send your resume and let me know your interest.  Peer review by field experts and lay people is a great learning opportunity, and is at the foundation of our grant-making process.
Finally, I'm pleased to welcome Lara Holman Garritano to the Locals team as our Grants Management Specialist.  Lara has an extensive background working with several LAAs, and most recently served as the creative district manager for the Downtown Partnership in Colorado Springs.  Call us if you have any questions!

Michael Killoren, Director, Local Arts Agencies
NEA FY 2018 Application Deadlines
Applications and guidelines are now available on our website for National Endowment for the Arts FY 2018 grant programs, including the upcoming Art Works deadlines detailed below.
SF-424 Deadline February 16, 2017
SF-424 Deadline July 13, 2017 
The work of Local Arts Agencies can cover a wide range of activity, depending on the dynamics of the community. There are two broad types of projects eligible for support: Programming activities, which can include commissioning, presenting, and exhibiting art works; and Services to the Field activities, which can include planning and technical assistance. All project types are accepted at both deadlines. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000.
Visit our website to see the complete list of grant opportunities, including upcoming deadlines for Challenge America and Creativity Connects.  
The NEA: Serving Our Nation Through the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts brings art and creativity to the heart of every community, across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Take a look at the impact of the National Endowment for the Arts on American culture with this short video.
Historic Healing Arts and Military Partnership Expands

American service members dedicate their lives and make incredible sacrifices to preserve our safety and freedom. Supporting a successful transition back into society, especially for those who have been injured as a result of their service, has been the focus of a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).
In October, the NEA and the DoD announced the expansion of the partnership into Creative Forces: NEA Military Arts Healing Network. The expanded Creative Forces program places creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care at ten additional clinical sites - for a total of twelve - and increases access to therapeutic arts activities in local communities for military members, veterans, and their families. The program is also investing in research on the impacts and benefits of these innovative treatment methods.
Americans for the Arts has also announced the publication of Arts Deployed: An Action Guide for Community Arts & Military Programming, "a new guide for local arts organizations and artists interested in bringing creative arts programming to military and Veteran communities, their caregivers, and families."
NEA Grantee Spotlight
Across the United States, more than 4,500 local arts agencies provide a wide range of programs and services to help support and enable arts and culture at the local level. In December, the NEA announced more than $30 million in awards to nonprofit organizations and individuals across the country. 
Included in the FY 2017 awards for Local Arts Agencies is support for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council's Accessibility Initiative. Developed to help arts and culture organizations welcome people with disabilities to their facilities, programs, and events, the initiative will include a series of workshops on a variety of accessibility topics, an accessibility peer network, and special training opportunities. Read more about Pittsburgh's project here. 
News & Opportunities: From the Field

Deadline February 22, 2017 
ArtPlace has announced $9.5 million "available to fund projects that work with artists and arts organizations to build stronger, healthier communities anywhere in the United States."
Deadline March 20, 2017
Americans for the Arts is accepting applications for this annual program recognizing "outstanding public art projects that represent the most compelling work for the year from across the country."
News & Opportunities: Federal Agencies
U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
The Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program provides "affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas."
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Michael Killoren

Lara Holman Garritano
Local Arts Agencies Specialist
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Mary Sellers
Challenge America Specialist
Katie Lyles Levy
Arts Engagement in American Communities Specialist
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