One Million Dollars in New NEA/NPS Grants

August 5, 2015

Great Smoky MountainsThe National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service have joined forces to offer a million dollars in new grant funding. The grants are presented in honor of NEA’s 50th anniversary in 2015 and the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016. According to the announcement on

“Imagine Your Parks” will provide $1 million in funding through the NEA Art Works grant category to projects that use the arts to engage people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System. The National Park System includes not only national parks, but also national historic sites, trails, rivers, seashores, landmarks and national monuments, heritage areas, preserves, battlefields, recreation areas, and more.

“Throughout the years, both the Park Service and the Arts Endowment have played a role in promoting and protecting our nation’s cultural and natural treasures,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “This new NEA Art Works grant opportunity unites our missions to ensure Americans have the opportunity to engage with art in the natural, historic, and cultural settings of the National Park System.”

“The Park Service has long held a meaningful relationship with the arts community. Building on the success of the National Park Service artists-in-residence and other programs, ‘Imagine Your Parks’ is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the connections of cultural and natural resources,” said NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “‘Imagine Your Parks’ will inspire a new generation to discover the special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our great heritage.”

About the Grants

“Imagine Your Parks” is intended to fund art projects that foster engagement with the National Park System. It will also underwrite projects that encourage public engagement in urban environments, and projects that help young people engage with the National Parks. The projects may take place in or near one of the country’s 401 National Parks, or they may be located anywhere in the United States.

The National Endowment for the Arts had a tradition of partnership with the National Park Service. A 2013 NEA grant was awarded to artists who created new work at the Headlands Center for the Arts, a campus of artist-rehabilitated military buildings located at old Fort Barry in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. A grant made in 2014 supported Appalachian folk music and dance at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, Virginia, part of the Blue Ridge Parkway system.

Guidelines for the grant are available here.