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News from the National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA has selected Clifford Murphy as its new director of folk and traditional arts. He comes to the NEA from the Maryland State Arts Council where he currently is the director of Maryland Traditions. Murphy will manage NEA grantmaking in folk and traditional arts, oversee the NEA National Heritage Fellowship program, and represent the agency to the field.

The latest NEA research offers the first, nationally representative analysis of arts-participation patterns among people with disabilities. A Matter of Choice? Arts Participation Patterns of Disabled Americans offers several insights on how adults with disabilities engage with the arts. 

On the Art Works blog Sunil Iyengar, NEA Director of Research & Analysis talks about the relevance of the behavioral and social sciences in the arts and why it matters in arts management and policy. On July 29 at 3:00 p.m., NEA staff will give a 30-minute presentation on the 2016 Our Town grant guidelines, how to apply, and an overview of the review process.

Sign up for the webinar here. NEA staff will give a presentation to assist applicants in crafting a compelling, creative placemaking project application in the Our Town: Tips, Tricks, and Inspiration for a Successful Project Proposal webinar on August 5 at 3:00 p.m., sign up here. Keep sharing your stories with the NEA about how the arts have influenced your life in honor of their 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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