• Artists don’t typically start with a hypothesis, or structure their practice to prove that hypothesis. But I think that artistic practice can itself be a form of research and knowledge production. In art, the outcomes may be more open-ended, but they’re driven by a similar process of inquiry and desire for discovery.

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NEA Art Works: Creativity Connects Grants

  • December 1, 2015
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NEA Art Works Creativity Connects grant applications will be available in mid-December.


The NEA is launching a pilot grant opportunity in the Art Works category to support partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors that include, but are not limited to, business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology.

Grants awarded through this pilot grant program, called Art Works: Creativity Connects grants, is designed to demonstrate the value of the arts when they’re working with non-arts sectors and support the infrastructure components for the arts, so that they will be able to work in new ways with other sectors. It is also designed to connect—to build bridges that create new relationships and constituencies between the arts and other sectors and support creating innovative projects that advance the arts when they’re connected to other non-arts fields.

The pilot grant program will require a partnership between a nonprofit arts organization and an organization from a non-arts sector. Also, a nonprofit arts organization must serve as the official applicant and have a specific non-arts partner confirmed at the time of application. Grants generally will range from $20,000 to $100,000. Grant application guidelines are now available.  Click here for more information.


Download PDF: Creativity Connects Fact Sheet