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  • The National Endowment for the Arts is seeking comment on the agency’s 2022-2026 Strategic Plan 

    Deadline to submit comment: March 312021 

     The National Endowment for the Arts is developing a strategic plan for FY 2022-2026, and we need your input! 

     In particular, the agency welcomes thoughts on the drafting of its strategic framework, which must include the following elements. (For reference, see the Arts Endowment’s FY 2018-2022 strategic planThe agency’s current strategic framework is on page 4.) 

    • Mission 
    • Vision 
    • Strategic goals and objectives 

     Please visit go to on the Arts Endowment website for specific guidance on providing comments, which will be accepted through March 31, 2021. Comments or questions should be directed to Sunil Iyengar at 


  • Americans for the Arts is now accepting nominations| 2021 Annual Leadership Awards 

    Deadline for NominationsMarch 29, 2021 

    Americans for the Arts is now accepting nominations of arts leaders from your community for the 2021 Annual Leadership Awards. These awards recognize the achievements of individuals, organizations, or programs committed to enriching their communities through the arts and will be acknowledged in conjunction with the Annual Convention happening virtually June 7-11, 2021.  

    Award categories include the Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award, the Arts Education Award, the American Express Emerging Leaders Award, the Michael Newton Award, and the Selina Roberts Ottum Award.   

    Each award has its own evaluation criteria. Be sure to review the rules and regulations for each award before submitting your nomination. Visit the Annual Awards page at for more information or to submit a nomination. 

  • National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Publishes The Arts and Economic Recovery Research In recent years, data have emerged that reveal that the arts and related creative industries are a substantial economic force, comprising 4.5% of the U.S. gross domestic product—more than construction, transportation, mining and agriculture—and adding $877.8 billion to the nation’s economy. In light of the current challenges facing the U.S. economy—unprecedented in many ways—the need to better understand the role of the arts sector has never been more acute. To do so, NASAA spearheaded a research effort in collaboration with Prof. Douglas S. Noonan of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the Western States Arts Federation. This collaborative research effort provides further evidence that arts and creative industries offer a powerful strategy for states and localities aiming to reignite economic growth. In addition to the healing value of the arts to communities and individuals, the arts have proven economic value and offer vital economic development strategies for diversifying and stimulating local economies in all types of communities. 

    To learn more about the Key Findings, access a Technical Report on the statistical methods used to conduct this analysis, and explore Creative Recovery Case Studies, visit