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For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Partnership Award

Bismarck, ND—North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) has been approved for a $846,900 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fiscal Year 2022 Partnership Agreement to address priorities identified at the State level. These funds will support the arts in areas such as cultural tourism, community revitalization, economic development, education, and health and human services.
NDCA grants federal and state appropriated funds to North Dakota communities, schools, individuals, and organizations. NDCA also convenes, educates, and partners with individuals across the state to seed new ideas and activity, and build resilient capacity for the long-term. Bringing these pieces together, the Agency is pursuing a North Dakota in which all can experience arts and culture; all can participate; all are welcome; and arts and culture thrive.
The NEA partnership award, along with the state appropriation, will support grants and programs for this coming fiscal year (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023).

ND State Project Funding

Our Town is the NEA’s creative placemaking grants program. Through Our Town, the NEA supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities. Projects advance local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes in communities, ultimately laying the groundwork for systems change and centering equity.

  • City of Bismarck to receive $40,000 from Our Town.
  • Divide County Job Development Authority to receive $75,000 from Our Town. 
    • NDCA's Arts Across the Prairie (AAP) placemaking program will benefit from these funds. Through AAP's Request for Proposal process, artists and creative teams will create eight large-scale public works – one for each geographic region in the state – that reflect the unique history, landscape, and cultural heritage of each region. Divide County, in Region 1, is where the first installation is slated to begin late Fall, 2022 on the grounds of the State Historic Site at Writing Rock.

Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) is the principal grant category of the NEA. Matching grants range from $10,000 to $100,000, and are recommended for organizations in all 50 states, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC. Through this category, the Endowment supports artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. 

  • Human Family Inc. to receive $15,000 from NEA's Grants for Arts Projects in the category of Media Arts.
  • The University of North Dakota Main Campus to receive $10,000 from NEA's Grants for Arts Projects in the category of Literary Arts.

“Through our work with state and regional partners, the National Endowment for the Arts can extend its impact, reaching even more communities throughout the nation, providing opportunities for all of us to live artful lives,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies. The arts are also crucial to helping us make sense of our circumstances from different perspectives as we emerge from the pandemic and plan for a shared new normal informed by our examined experience.”

For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that is the largest funder of the arts and arts education in communities nationwide and a catalyst of public and private support for the arts. By advancing equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, the NEA fosters and sustains an environment in which the arts benefit everyone in the United States. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

The North Dakota Council on the Arts is the state agency responsible for the support and development of the arts throughout North Dakota and is funded by the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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