To mark the 50th anniversary of the NEA in 2015 and the National Park Service‘s (NPS) centennial in 2016, the two agencies have teamed up to create the Art Works “Imagine Your Parks” funding opportunity. Working together to “encourage the creation of and greater public engagement with art relating to the work and mission of our national park system,” projects are encouraged to “engage communities with and relate the arts to these memorable places and the landscapes they preserve.” Projects might include the commissioning and presentation of new work in or near one of these locations, or festivals in these settings. Application deadlines correspond to the artistic discipline (Artist Communities submissions are due February 15, 2015, while Design submissions are due July 23, 2015) so be sure to check the category of your choice online.
As the keeper of 401 park units, 23 national scenic and national trails, and 58 wild and scenic rivers, NPS is charged with preserving these lands and historic features that were designated by the nation for their cultural and historic significance, scenic and environmental worth, and educational and recreational opportunities. Artistic expression of thrilling landscapes and moving American stories played an important role in the roots of the conservation movement, making a collaboration between the agencies a perfect partnership.
Click here to learn more about Art Works “Imagine Your Parks” funding, online at Arts.gov.
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