The National Endowment for the Arts supports the visual arts – painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, craft, etc. – through grants to organizations that serve the needs of and enhance opportunities for artists and their audiences. The FY 2010 funding categories for the Grants for Arts Projects include:

Visual Arts: Access to Artistic Excellence

The Visual Arts: Access to Artistic Excellence category encourages and supports artistic creativity, preserves our diverse cultural heritage, and makes the arts more widely available in communities throughout the country. While projects in this category may focus on just one of these areas, effective projects often encompass both artistic excellence and enhanced access. Proposals due August 12, 2010.

Challenge America Fast-Track

The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to 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. Fast-Track Grants are available only for:

(1) an arts event that will feature one or more guest artists; (2) professionally directed public art projects; (3) civic design activities that involve the renovation, restoration, or adaptive reuse of cultural facilities or spaces; or (4) the unified promotion of community-wide arts activities and resources to enhance cultural tourism or activities in cultural districts. Proposals due May 27, 2010.

Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth

The Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth category offers funding for projects that help children and youth acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art. Funded projects apply national or state arts education standards. Proposals due June 10, 2010.

The full guidelines can be found and reviewed at: http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/Visualarts.html

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