National Building Museum to Receive $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $25,000 to the National Building Museum for its Creative-in-Residence program. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to the National Building Museum, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.”
“To afford the opportunity to have an artist engaging with the Museum and the greater community is something we’re all very excited to have here at the Museum over the next year,” said Theresa Esterlund, vice president for education, National Building Museum.

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With this grant, the National Building Museum will offer creative practitioners a platform for cultural innovation and community engagement, shedding light on new ways of seeing and understanding design and architecture. The pilot initiative will engage creative practitioners local to the Washington, D.C. region between July and December. With access to the Museum’s rich collection and cutting-edge exhibitions, residents will work anchored in teachable experiences, including, but not limited to the visual and performing arts, literature, storytelling, design, video and film.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit