News from the NEA


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has selected Ann Meier Baker as its new director of music and opera, effective January 12, 2015. She will lead NEA grantmaking in music and opera, as well as the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships, and represent the agency to the field.

The Ohio Arts Council’s 2003 Ohio Heritage Award recipient, Carolyn Mazloomi, is featured in NEA Arts for her 2014 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship for advocacy in the folk and traditional arts.

The multiplatform convening, Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place, was presented as a live webcast on Monday, November 3. During the webcast, arts leaders examined how performance-based organizations, and the artists they engage, transform places through their artistic practices. View the archived webinar here.

America’s public schools instruct more than four million students who are English language learners. How can arts learning help these “emerging bilinguals” learn English and flourish in school? Find out in the latest webinar from the NEA Task Force on the Arts and Human Development.

In its first fiscal year 2015 announcement, the NEA awards $29.1 million in 1,116 grants in three categories: Art Works, Challenge America, and NEA Literature Fellowships in Creative Writing. Of these grants, $552,000 was awarded to 23 Ohio artists and arts organizations.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to strengthen the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at


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