NEWS: NEA Local Arts Agencies Summer 2017 Newsletter

Summer 2017
From the Director 
Dear Colleagues,
Happy summer!
As we head into these lovely, warm days, our team here at the NEA has been busy updating our website with timely research and program updates. 
Did you know that in FY 2015 the NEA provided nearly $16 million in small, rural communities? You can see the NEA's new infographic providing more details on this investment on our website here. 
And while you're on our website, read about the Blue Star Museums program, now in its eighth year.  A collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America, the Blue Star Museums program offers free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their community, especially after a military move. The list of participating museums is available here. 
Last summer, more than 900,000 military members and their families took advantage of free admission as part of Blue Star Museums, visiting not only fine arts museums, but also science museums, music museums, nature centers, and children's museums. 
Thank you to those of you who have helped promote the participating Blue Star museums in your community.
Laura Scanlan
State & Regional Director, Partnership Team Leader
We'll See You in San Francisco!

If you plan to be in San Francisco for the 2017 Americans for the Arts annual convention, be sure to say hello to NEA staff.

On Friday, June 16 at noon, NEA Chairman Jane Chu will give remarks during the opening plenary. That same day, Local Arts Agencies Specialist Lara Holman Garritano will present "Meet and Ask the NEA," providing an opportunity to meet and ask questions about NEA funding opportunities. Also on Friday, Dr. Patricia Moore Shaffer, deputy director of the NEA's Office of Research & Analysis, will participate as a panelist in "Lightning Round: The Evolution of Evaluation," covering evaluation techniques related to public art, arts education, social impact, diversity, aesthetics, and more.
NEA FY 2017 Grant Recommendations
The NEA's announcement of the second round of FY 17 Art Works grant recommendations will go out on June 14, so visit that day for more information.
NEA Upcoming Application Deadlines
Applications and guidelines are available on our website for the second Art Works deadline in FY2018. 
 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.
News & Opportunities: From Other Federal Agencies

Intent to Apply Deadline Friday, July 21, 2017
A pilot Creative Placemaking Initiative launched by the Delta Regional Authority invites local government entities (in partnership with at least one non-profit organization) to submit applications for Delta Creative Placemaking seed investments of up to $30,000 each. Regional workshops will be held throughout June and July 2017, applicants are required to attend at least one workshop. See the workshop schedule and more info here. All eligible applicants must be applying for projects that operate in or are serving residents and communities within the 252 counties and parishes of the DRA footprint, which includes selected regions of an 8-state area including Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.
News & Opportunities: From the Field

July 2017 in St. Paul, MN
Springboard for the Arts is launching a one-week Train-the-Trainer Intensive, in which participants will "learn from Springboard staff, artists, and partners about how to lead, teach, and adapt Springboard's successful Work of Art and artist-led community development programs for their communities." More information and registration details are available here.
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State & Regional Director, Partnership Team Leader

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Local Arts Agencies Specialist
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