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News from the National Endowment for the Arts

  • The new NEA Heritage Fellows have been announced. 
  • Nominations for the 2016 fellows will open on July 16. 
  • Blue Star Museums’ admission is free for military families until Labor Day 2015.
  • Art Works grants “support 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 deadline to apply is July 23. These matching grants range from $10,000 to $100,000; read the full guidelines here. 
  • Be sure to check out the current NEA Arts issue all about Accessibility and the Arts—the theme the OAC is highlighting this month as well. 
  • Chairman Chu visited Cleveland in May and toured numerous arts and cultural venues—read up on her visit here. Keep sharing your stories on how the arts have inspired your life in honor of the NEA’s 50th anniversary.

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit

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Article by Molly Rutledge, PIO Intern

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