NEWS: NEA Local Arts Agencies Spring 2017 Newsletter

Spring 2017
From the Director 
Dear Colleagues,
The NEA is one of the few national funders offering a specific program to support projects launched by Local Arts Agencies (LAA). Stewarding the Locals program has provided an outstanding opportunity to witness and observe best practices in the LAA field, from cities large and small across America.  When I was hired, I remarked to Patrice Walker Powell, former Deputy Chairman for Programs and Partnerships, that innovation truly happens at the local level.  Six years and six months later, that's still my story, and I'm sticking to it.  Hyper-localism is driving cities and towns to focus on what makes them interesting and unique, and the most successful LAAs are reflections of that. And most importantly, LAAs are on the forefront in community-wide efforts to advance cultural and racial equity and inclusion in the arts and cultural sector, and for the people they serve.
On June 1, after 25 years in the Locals field, I will put hyper-localism to the test as I assume leadership of the 100 year-old community-based Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. It has been an enormous honor to steward the NEA Locals program, and to work with smart, caring LAA leaders, who have taught me so much. I applaud your passion, courage and conviction to do what's right. I hope we can stay connected and will continue to be inspired by one another, and to learn from one another.  I will always be your champion!  

Lara Holman Garritano will continue to serve as your grants specialist for Local Arts Agencies.

Thank you for your good work, your friendship, generosity -- and most importantly -- your trust over the years.

Michael Killoren, Director, Local Arts Agencies
NEA Budget Update

The NEA remains open and our FY 2017 operations remain unchanged. In May the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, a bipartisan agreement to fund the government for the remainder of FY 2017 passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate and was signed by the President; it included funding for the NEA at $149.849 million. The agency continues to make FY 2017 grant awards and to honor all obligated grant funds made to date. The President's FY 2018 budget blueprint proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, however, this budget request is a first step in a very long budget process. We continue to accept grant applications for FY 2018 at our usual deadlines and will continue to operate as usual until a new budget is enacted by Congress. 
NEA Upcoming Application Deadlines
Art Works II: Local Arts Agencies 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 Fieldactivities, 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.
NEA Panelist Opportunities

Serving as a grant review panelist offers a unique opportunity to learn more about the NEA's application review process. It can also provide an informative overview on current trends and priorities throughout the field of local arts agencies. Panelists are selected to represent a diverse group of arts experts and other individuals, including at least one knowledgeable layperson. If you are interested in the possibility of panel service, please submit your resume by email.
NEA & Bureau of Economic Analysis: Tracking Arts and Cultural Jobs by State

The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) is the first federal effort to provide in-depth analysis of the arts and cultural sector's contributions to the U.S. economy. Through a collaboration between the NEA and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), new resources include The Bureau of Economic Analysis's state fact sheets, as well as an interactive dashboard and infographic that provide the ability to compare data between states. Read more here
NEA Grantee Spotlight

Earlier this year, with the support of an NEA FY17 Art Works: Local Arts Agencies grant, Scottsdale Cultural Council presented Canal Convergence: Water + Art + Light, a public art project within Arizona's canal network. Produced as a partnership with Scottsdale's public utility company, the program activated urban space with temporary, interactive art installations such as  Porte par le vent's Les Lumineoles and Lentille d'eau. The installations were accompanied by educational and community programming that included activities designed to address topics such as water conservation and sustainability.
Creative Placemaking and Transportation
Transportation for America has released The Scenic Route, a guide "to introduce creative placemaking to transportation planners, public works agencies, and local elected officials who are on the front lines of advancing transportation projects." The publication outlines eight approaches related to integrating the arts, culture, and creativity into transportation planning and design work; and includes case studies for successful projects around the country.  On a related note, read more about the integration of art and public transit in Portland, Oregon's Metro Community Placemaking grants program; an upcoming deadline for that agency provides grants from $5,000 to $25,000 to support creative placemaking projects that promote equity. 
News & Opportunities: From the Field

Find archived articles and resources related to the role of the arts in rural design. New additions include the Creative Placemaking: Economic Development for the Next Generationwebinar (March 2017) and Jackson Hole's Public Art & Placemaking Toolkit for Rural Communities publication (2016).
The free Guide for Business Districts to Work with Local Artistsis now available. "The Guide was created for International Downtown Association by Springboard for the Arts from their experience working with artists and consulting on creative placemaking work across the country. The guide contains tools for partnership building between BIDs and artists, collaboration between community stakeholders, budgeting and project management."
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Local Arts Agencies Specialist
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