I believe that some of your colleagues who work at the intersection of engaged research, the arts, and the role of aesthetic experiences in everyday life might be interested in these National Endowment for the Arts novel and eminently useful grant programs. If I can support any intention to apply to one of these grants, please send your colleagues my way.
Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and the state and local arts agencies) that serves the special needs of military patients and veterans with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions, as well as their families and caregivers.
The program places creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care at 11 clinical sites throughout the country (plus a “telehealth” program), and increases access to community arts activities to promote health, wellness and quality of life for military service members, veterans, and their families and caregivers. Administrative support for Creative Forces is provided by Americans for the Arts.
The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Housing Assistance Council and buildingcommunityWORKSHOP (bcworkshop.org). Focusing on communities with populations of 50,000 or less, CIRD’s goal is to enhance the quality of life and economic viability of rural America through planning, design, and creative placemaking. CIRD is intended to empower local citizens to capitalize on unique local and regional assets in order to guide the civic development and future design of their own communities. The CIRD program goals include:
- Building capacity in rural communities to plan comprehensive revitalization strategies;
- Introducing creative placemaking, arts, culture, and design strategies as drivers of economic development in rural America;
- Facilitating a network of rural communities for idea exchanges and peer learning; and
- Preparing communities to be ready and competitive for state and federal funding opportunities.
Through cooperative initiatives with other funders, the National Endowment for the Arts brings the benefit of international exchange to arts organizations, artists, and audiences nationwide. The NEA’s international activities increase recognition of the excellence of U.S. arts around the world and broaden the scope of experience of American artists, thereby enriching the art they create. Through partnerships with other government agencies and the private sector, the NEA fosters international creative collaboration by strengthening residency programs of foreign artists in communities across the country. Local citizens – as well as the arts community – benefit from the lasting international ties that result.