ART WORKS Guidelines: Creativity Connects Projects
Grant Program Description
Creativity Connects* is an initiative that shows how the arts contribute to the nation’s creative ecosystem, investigates how support systems for the arts are changing, explores how the arts can connect with other sectors that want and utilize creativity, and invests in innovative projects to spark new, collaborative ideas.
A key component of Creativity Connects is a grant opportunity in the Art Works category that supports collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships between the arts and non-arts sectors, specifically:
- Business and Economic Development
Art Works: Creativity Connects projects mutually benefit both the arts and non-arts sectors by:
- Demonstrating the beneficial contributions of artists and creative work to societal health.
- Supporting the infrastructure for the arts to work in new ways with new sectors.
- Building bridges that create new relationships and constituencies.
- Creating innovative partnership projects to advance common goals.
* Creativity Connects™ is used with permission from Crayola, LLC.
Organizations may apply for any or all phases of a project, from its planning through its implementation.
Projects may include:
- The creation of art works through collaborations that benefit from active participation by both arts and non-arts partners.
- Projects that utilize artistic practice to support the creative needs of non-arts sectors, as well as the arts.
- Projects that explore the intersection of artistic creativity and creativity in non-arts sectors.
- Projects that expand the range of artistic practices, styles, and practitioners.
- Projects that explore employing artists in fields outside of the arts.
- Projects that develop support systems for the arts and non-arts sectors to work together and build relationships.
- Projects that use the arts and the creative process to address complex issues of broad concern.
- Professional development that cultivates creativity in the non-arts sector, integrates business strategies into artist training, or prepares the workforce in both sectors to collaborate in a variety of efforts.
- For cultural tourism and creative placemaking projects, see the other National Endowment for the Arts’ funding categories, including Challenge America and Our Town.
- Collaborations with local government for place-based, community revitalization work must apply under Our Town.
- Projects that address pre-K through 12th grade arts education that align with national or state arts education standards should apply under Arts Education in the Art Works category.
See “We Do Not Fund” for activities and costs not funded by the agency.
Projects funded through Creativity Connects can be found within the “Bright Spots” web page, highlighting successful projects across the country where arts and non-arts collaborators are working to further common goals.
If you are recommended for a grant, your project may be subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and/or the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the National Endowment for the Arts will conduct a review of your project to ensure that it is in compliance NEPA/NHPA.
Some of the common project types that garner a review are:
- A project involving or occurring near a district, site, building, landscape, structure or object that is 50 years old and therefore eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
- The commissioning and installation of temporary or permanent outdoor furnishings such as benches or market structures or art such as a sculpture or mural.
- An arts festival in a park.
- Design planning and services for projects that may involve a historic site, structure, or district.
This review and approval process may take up to several months to complete and may delay your project's start date and our ability to make a grant award/our ability to release grant funds.
Note: Federal regulations require that all NEA-funded projects be accessible to people with disabilities. Funded activities must be held in an accessible venue and program access and effective communication must be provided for participants and audience members with disabilities. If your project is recommended for funding, you will be asked to provide information describing how you will make your project physically and programmatically accessible to people with disabilities.
For full information, visit: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works/creativity-connects-projects