More than $27 million in grants were announced by the National Endowment for the Arts, and that includes money specifically for the Twin Harbors.
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts provides funding and support for the arts though partnerships “to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.”
In a release, the funding is said to “provide all Americans with the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts”. The latest round of grants will be spread across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, but $40,000 will be spent locally.
In the grant announcement, Humanities Washington will receive $40,000 to support “the documentation of the folk and traditional arts of the Twin Harbors region” though the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions. The extent of that work is not known at this time.
The endowment says that this is the first of two major grant announcements for the year and it includes funding for Art Works and Challenge America to support projects by nonprofit organizations, and Creative Writing Fellowships.
Additional local projects could be funded though funding provided to Art Works, Challenge America, or Creative Writing Fellowships.
Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grantmaking program. The Arts Endowment convened panels to review 1,605 eligible applications for funding and the agency will award 972 grants ranging from $10,000-$100,000 totaling more than $25 million. Projects include:
The Challenge America category primarily supports small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
For fiscal year 2019, expert readers reviewed 221 eligible applications and the agency will award 138 grants of $10,000 each for a total of $1.38 million. Projects include:
Creative Writing Fellowships
In fiscal year 2019, the National Endowment for the Arts will award 35 Creative Writing Fellowships in poetry. Each fellowship is $25,000 for a total of $875,000. Nearly 1,700 eligible applications were received and reviewed anonymously by a panel, resulting in a group of recipients from across the country, diverse in ethnicity and background. None of the 2019 recipients have previously received an NEA fellowship.
Visit the Arts Endowment’s Literature Fellowships webpage to read excerpts by and features on past Creative Writing Fellows and recipients of Literature Fellowships for translation projects.