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West Virginia Division of Culture and History


Other Funding Sources

The National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is an independent agency of the U.S. Government created by Congress to support the arts and to provide education and access to the arts for all Americans. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

The mission of the NEA is to enrich our nation and its diverse cultural heritage by supporting works of artistic excellence, advancing learning in the arts, and strengthening the arts in communities throughout the country. The NEA carries out that mission through grants, leadership initiatives, partnership agreements with state and regional organizations, partnerships with other Federal agencies and the private sector, research, arts education, access programs, and advocacy.

The Office of Public Information
National Endowment for the Arts
Nancy Hanks Center
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20506-0001

The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) celebrates, promotes, and supports the wealth and diversity of the region’s arts resources and works to increase access to the arts and culture of the region and the world. Created in 1979 to encourage continued development of the arts and to support arts programs on a regional basis, MAAF is dedicated to growth and appreciation of the arts throughout the region, the nation and the world. Foundation programs encourage the creation of new works of art, promote new relationships and ideas within the performing arts community, build new audiences, advocate for the arts in education and connect the arts and artists of the mid-Atlantic region to the rest of the nation and the world.

A private, non-profit organization, MAAF depends on its state arts agency partners and the National Endowment for the Arts to bring the highest quality arts programming and services available to artists, audiences, and the public.

MAAF provides leadership and support through grants, technical assistance and information to artists and arts organizations in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. MAAF encourages arts access throughout the region, expands audiences, connects mid-Atlantic arts nationally and internationally, builds arts appreciation, support and leadership, and supports professional artists through individual artist support, performing arts touring support, special jazz initiatives, traditional and folk arts programs, and other special projects.

For more information, or to receive the ARTSINK newsletter, contact:
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
201 N. Charles Street, Suite 401
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 539-6656
Fax: (410) 837-5517
TDD: (410) 779-1593

The Ohio River Border Initiative

The Ohio River Border Initiative (ORBI), a is a creative partnership between the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, to support the arts in communities in the Ohio River valley. ORBI’s programs are open to artists, arts groups and community arts programs in all Ohio and West Virginia counties that touch the Ohio River. These counties include: Wayne, Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Wetzel, Marshall, Ohio, Brooke, Hancock in West Virginia, and Lawrence, Gallia, Meigs, Athens, Washington, Monroe, Belmont, Jefferson, Columbiana in Ohio.

Since 1994 ORBI has provided grant funding to a wide variety of projects, artists, and community groups in West Virginia and Ohio counties that border the Ohio River. The grant deadline is on or around February 1 of every year (visit the website to confirm annual deadlines). Grants are awarded for projects that actively involve artists, audiences and communities on both sides of the Ohio River.

Through its website ORBI serves as a central “clearinghouse” for new ideas about building stronger ties across the Ohio River among artists and arts groups. It administers the largest and most comprehensive arts database in the region and helps make connections between potential partners, presenters and performers. ORBI also has annual meetings and conducts periodic surveys to solicit input from arts activists in the Ohio River valley, to identify needs and to better serve these constituents.

If you have any questions about ORBI’s grant requirements and guidelines contact Arts staff.

Resource Organizations

The Actors’ Fund-Artists Health Insurance Information Center
National Headquarters
729 Seventh Avenue, 10th floor
New York, NY 10019. 1-800-798-8447

American Alliance for Theater
and Education
7475 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 300A
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 951-7977

Americans for the Arts
1000 Vermont Avenue NW, 6th Fl.
Washington, DC 20005

American Association of
1575 Eye Street NW, Suite 400
Washington DC 20005

ArtsAction! Project

Arts Advocacy Committee of WV
Margaret Mary Layne, Chair
c/o Huntington Museum of Art
2033 McCoy Road
Huntington, WV 25701

Appalachian Education Initiative
686 Fairchance Road
Morgantown, WV 26508

Appalachian Education Laboratory
PO Box 1348
Charleston, WV 25325

ARTSEDGE-the National Arts and Education Network
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566

Arts Education Partnership
One Massachusetts Avenue NW,
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001-1431
(202) 326-8693 (Information Line)
(202) 408-8081 (Facsimile)

Association of Performing Arts Presenters
1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
888-820-ARTS or 202.833.2787

Augusta Heritage Center
Davis and Elkins College
100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241

Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
1400 Benedum-Trees Building
223 4th Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

The Education Alliance
P.O. Box 3071,
Charleston, West Virginia 25331-3071
(Toll Free) 1-866-31-4KIDS
(304) 342-7850

The Foundation Center
79 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Institute of Museum &
Library Services
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room 510
Washington, DC 20506

Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network
Education Department
The Kennedy Center,
Washington, DC 20566-0001
Tel: (202) 416-8845
Fax: (202) 416-8802
TTY: (202) 416-8822

Kentucky Arts Council
Old Capitol Annex
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601-1980
502-564-3757 or 888-833-2787

Maryland State Arts Council
175 West Ostend Street
Suite E
Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
201 N. Charles Street, Suite 401
Baltimore, MD 21201

Meet the Composer
75 Ninth Avenue, 3R Suite C
New York, NY 10011

National Art Education Association
1916 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191-1590

National Assembly of
State Arts Agencies
1029 Vermont Avenue, NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20005

National Dance Association
1900 Association Dr.
Reston, VA 20191-1598
1-800-213-7193 ext. 464

National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20506

National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania, NW
Washington, DC 20506

National Music Educators
The National Association for Music Education
1806 Robert Fulton Drive
Reston, VA 20191

Ohio Arts Council
727 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43205-1796

Ohio River Border Initiative

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Room 216, Finance Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour
1811 Chestnut Street, Suite 301
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: 215/496-9424
Fax: 215/496-9585

The Office for Special Constituencies
National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Room 605
Washington, DC 20506

US Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202

Virginia Commission for the Arts
Lewis House
223 Governor Street
Richmond, VA 23219

West Virginia Advocates
Litton Building, Fourth Floor
1207 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
304-346-0847 or 800-950-5250

West Virginia Association of Museums
PO Box 11527
Charleston, WV 25339
304-558-0220 ext. 727

West Virginia Commission
on the Arts
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300

West Virginia Department of Education
Julia Lee, Fine Arts Coordinator
Building 6, Room 330
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0330

West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State College
School of Language and Literature
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 226554-2470
Dr. Judy P. Byers, Director
Noel W. Tenney, Cultural Specialist
Colebank Hall - Rooms 305, 313
Phone: (304) 367-4403 or
367-4286 or

West Virginia Humanities Council
1310 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, West Virginia 25301