Please Notify of Intent to Submit: NEA Art Works Program

The National Endowment for the Arts is inviting applications for the Art Works program for their July 14th deadline.  UCI may submit—with some exceptions—only one proposal across 15 disciplines: Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literature, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Theater & Musical Theater, Visual Arts, and Creativity Connects Projects.

Therefore interested applicants are asked to send an “Expression of Intent” to my office by Friday ,April 22, 2016, if they do intend to submit to the Art Works program.  This Expression of Intent may consist of an email from the PI(s) with a brief 1-paragraph overview of the proposed project and its participants, and should be sent to  In the case of the Art Works program, if more than one expression of intent is received by the deadline, we will first determine if NEA will accept more than one proposals (which hinges both on who is submitting and for what) and a campus internal competition will only be held if necessary among those who responded by the 4/22 internal deadline.

More information about the Art Works program may be found at: however some highlights are below:

The NEA Art Works program, seeks to support projects that:

  • Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;
  • Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and
  • Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

Beyond encouraging projects that demonstrate these characteristics, NEA seeks to achieve the following four objectives through the Art Works category:

  • Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,
  • Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
  • Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and
  • Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.

Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. No grants will be made below $10,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that we determine demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact.

All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1

Questions about our internal campus review process may be directed to Greg Ruth at or x4-0372.


James W. Hicks
Interim Vice Chancellor for Research
Professor of Biology



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