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News for the Field from the National Endowment for the Arts
May 2023
News and Resources from the Partnership Division
International, State Arts Agencies, Regional Arts Organizations, Local Arts Agencies,
Challenge America, and Arts Engagement in American Communities
Dear Friends and Colleagues:


Hoping ‘April showers bring May flowers’ as the saying goes (I actually looked up its origins which come from a collection of poems titled Five Hundred Pointes of Good Husbandrie written by Thomas Trusser back in the 16th century) and that you are all thriving. We are happy to circulate our May edition of the Partnership newsletter which highlights a number of grant deadlines, funding opportunities, field news, archived webinar recordings, and general resources to share. Please have a closer look and share with others in your network. We are always trying to improve and expand on what we send out each month so we welcome your suggestions and input. Wishing you all a happy Spring season.



Michael Orlove and the Partnership Team

NEA Funding Programs
You can find details on all of our annual funding programs on our website.
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National Heritage Fellowships

Deadline for Nominations:

May 30, 2023

Fellowships of up to $25,000 for master folk and traditional artists

Learn More

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Grants for Arts Projects

Application Deadline: July 6, 2023

Grants for project support for arts organizations and LAAs

Grants for subgranting by LAAs

Learn More

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Our Town

Application Deadline: August 3, 2023

Grants for creative placemaking projects

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Guidelines Webinar

June 15, 2pm ET

Applicant Q&A Sessions

June 27, July 20, August 10

Register to Attend

NEA101: Helpful Recorded Webinars

Did You Know? The NEA regularly offers, records, and posts technical assistance webinars on a variety of topics to help you apply for and manage federal arts grants. Below is a sampling of recently recorded webinars. You can also find and register for upcoming events in the News section of our website.

Things To Know Before You Apply: Federal Civil Rights and Your Grants Application

Submitting a Payment Request Tutorial

Ensuring the Accessibility of Your NEA-funded Projects: Compliance Requirements for NEA Grantees


“Don’t Take the Bait: Beware of Misleading Marketing, Imposters, and Phishing”

Learn More

Applying for a federal grant is a multi-step process, that is always entirely free. There are several free registrations required, including SAM.gov. A recent federal blog post addresses “potential online scams and fraudulent schemes that target government system users”. The article notes that “users might receive misleading marketing messages, fraudulent attempts to trick you out of money, or attempts to obtain your private information” and provides a reminder that “the government will never ask you to pay to register, update your registration or renew.” Read the full article for more information.

NEA News and Resources
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What is the NEA?

Visit the About page on our website for a brief overview of the agency, including a summary of funding opportunities, key publications, and brief bios of all the NEA chairs. You’ll also find an interactive timeline of highlights from the NEA’s history, and milestone videos of artists, arts organizations, and projects we’ve supported.

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Blue Star Museums

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Register To Participate

Registration is now open for museums to participate in the Blue Star Museums program, in partnership with Blue Star Families. The program offers free admission to active duty military personnel and up to five family members to participating museums, zoos, botanical gardens, historic houses, etc. The program begins on May 20, 2023 – Armed Forces Day and will run through Labor Day, September 4, 2023  Please consider registering your museum today; it’s a great way to express appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our military, and a great way to recruit life-time museum goers!

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Poetry Out Loud

2023 National Champion Named

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Watch Video Interviews with National Finalists

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation are pleased to share that Sreepadaarchana Munjuluri, a junior at Columbus North High School, is the 2023 Poetry Out Loud® National Champion. After reciting poems by Emily Jungmin Yoon, Emma Lazarus, and Garrett Hongo, Munjuluri was named champion during the national finals, which took place in Washington, DC, and was hosted by Joy Sunday from the recent television series Wednesday. As National Champion, Munjuluri will receive a prize of $20,000. The second-place winner is Edward Wilson Jr., a senior at Jackson Preparatory School in Mississippi, who will receive a $10,000 prize. The third-place winner is Madison Harris, a freshman at Indian Creek School in Crownsville, Maryland, who will receive a $5,000 prize.

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American Artscape

In Celebration of

Artful Lives

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Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Month

Statement from Chair Jackson

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President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities

New Members to be Appointed

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From the Field & In the News
Links below may lead to websites other than arts.gov.

News from NASAA:

State Arts Agency Leaders Featured on Arts Engines

Watch an interview with NASAA board chair Omari Rush on Aaron Dworkin’s Arts Engines. NASAA board member and Massachusetts Cultural Council’s executive director Michael Bobbitt has also been featured on a previous episode. In addition, see more NASAA news and field leadership updates in the online monthly NASAA Notes.

News from Regional Arts Organizations (RAOs)

Learn more about US RAOs.

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Arts Midwest

Midwest Award for Artists with Disabilities 2023-2025

Learn More

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Mid Atlantic Arts

2020-2024 Strategic Plan

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Mid-America Arts Alliance

50th Anniversary Block Party

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New England Foundation for the Arts

40 National Dance Project Finalists Nurture a Sphere of Change

Learn More   

Western State Arts Federation

BIPOC Artist Fund Awardees

Learn More

South Arts

Cross-Sector Impact Grants

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Emergency Preparedness and

Recovery Resources

Grantor Spotlight: Performing Arts Readiness

Is your organization prepared for a potential natural disaster or social emergency? Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) is offering grants of up to $7,500 to performing arts organizations for the creation of institutional emergency preparedness or Continuity of Operations (CoOP) plans. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2023. Grant funds may be used for such things as consultant fees, meeting expenses, travel, and training. Visit PAR’s website for the full application guidelines. Sample emergency plans are available here.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies

Asphalt Art Initiative Grants

Application Deadline: June 12, 2023

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“Bloomberg Philanthropies is inviting cities of any size in Canada, Mexico, and the United States to apply for a chance to receive $25,000 grants through the Asphalt Art Initiative. The Asphalt Art Initiative supports arts-driven street redesign projects that improve safety, revitalize public spaces, and engage local communities. Data shows asphalt art to be a creative, low-cost way to make streets safer, including a 50% drop in the rate of crashes involving pedestrians or cyclists after projects are installed. Three previous rounds of Asphalt Art Initiative grants have supported 64 projects across the U.S. and Europe.”

SMU DataArts

Local Arts Agencies Funding and Arts Vibrancy

Learn More

A new study released by SMU DataArts presents findings on the “multiple ways that LAAs are catalysts for art vibrancy in their communities. The more grant dollars they have to invest in artists and arts organizations, and the more programs and services they provide, the more their communities pulse with arts-driven creative and economic life, vigor, and activity.”


National Resilience Guidance

Listening Sessions Series continue through June

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“Communities today face an increasingly complex set of challenges. Disruptions from a range of acute shocks, such as natural disasters, pandemics, cyberattacks, infrastructure failure and loss of key industries are becoming more frequent and intense. FEMA is spearheading an effort to create guidance and resources for the whole community to help everyone understand and fulfil their critical roles related to increasing national resilience. FEMA wants input from across the whole community—across disciplines, sectors, levels of government, communities, and individuals—on a range of topics…and is hosting a series of 60-minute listening sessions to gather input from across the whole community to inform the development of actionable resilience guidance and resources. Please join the discussion and share this invitation with others.”

Kentucky Arts Council

Emergencies, Disasters and The Arts

Monthly Series continues in May and June

Learn More

A series of webinars presented by the Kentucky Arts Council. The May event, Craft Emergency Relief Fund: A Support System for Artists, will feature Ruby Lopez Harper, executive director and Cameron Baxter Lewis, director of grants and programs, to “share resources available for American artists to safeguard their livelihood.” The June event, The 4-1-1: Making a Case for Disaster Funding in the Arts, will feature Leah Hamilton (University of Kentucky) and Lauren Hainley (Houston Arts Alliance), to “provide information on the importance of case studies and data collection to fully value arts in the future.”

Contact Us
Contact the Partnership Division
(202) 682-5097
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Pictured, from l to r: Mary Sellers, Guiomar Ochoa, Lara Holman Garritano Michael Orlove, Eleanor Billington, Alexzandra Fogle, and Patricia Germann.
Director of State, Regional
and Local Partnerships
Michael Orlove: orlovem@arts.gov
International Activities Specialist
Guiomar Ochoa: ochoag@arts.gov

State and Regional Partnerships Manager

Lara Holman Garritano: garritanol@arts.gov

Division Coordinator
Partnership Division
Patricia Germann: germannp@arts.gov

Civic Partnerships Manager

Eleanor Billington: billingtone@arts.gov

Assistant Grants Management Specialist
Partnership Division
Alexzandra Fogle: foglea@arts.gov
Challenge America and Arts Engagement in American Communities Specialist
Mary Sellers: sellersm@arts.gov