NEA Announces Second Round of FY12 Art Works and Arts in Media Grants and Funding to State Arts Agencies

by Laurie Baskin

in Advocacy

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The NEA has announced the second round of funding for FY12 totaling $77.17 million to support 928 grants to not-for-profit organizations nationwide. These grants support exemplary projects in arts education, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, museums, music, opera, presenting, theater, musical theater, and visual arts, and provide support to state arts agencies and regional arts organizations. Funding is provided through three grant categories: Art Works, Arts in Media and Partnership Agreements.

Art Works supports the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $78 million in funding. Of those applications, 788 were recommended for a total of $24.81 million. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $125,000.

Arts in Media supports the development, production, and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts and media projects that can be considered works of art. 78 projects were recommended in the Arts in Media category for a total of $3.55 million. The NEA received 329 eligible applications under the Arts in Media category, requesting more than $36 million in funding. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $100,000.

The NEA launched this pilot program in May 2011, recognizing that while television and radio remain the dominant ways many people experience art, there is also significant activity and promise in the nexus of arts, science, and technology. The goals of the program are to support the creation of new media arts work and to provide more opportunities for audiences to experience artworks.

Partnership Agreements extend the NEA’s reach and impact by providing support to the nation’s state arts agencies and regional arts organizations. Forty percent of all NEA grantmaking funds are designated for the nation’s state arts agencies, regional arts organizations, and their national service organizations. In total, the NEA awarded more than $48.8 million through this category for fiscal year 2012.

View this PDF to see the full listing of the Art Works and Arts in Media grants received by TCG member theatres. Visit the NEA website to see the complete listing of projects receiving Art Works and Arts in Media grant support in this round of fiscal year 2012 funding.


Laurie Baskin is TCG’s Director of Government and Education Programs.