Archinect - News 2017-08-24T01:18:28-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/149997407/rip-the-national-endowment-of-the-arts RIP the National Endowment of the Arts Nicholas Korody 2017-03-15T13:08:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T12:33:03-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/9g/9gxz73axft09gijp.jpg" width="650" height="651" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/322704-an-obituary-the-national-endowment-for-the-arts-52-of-unnatural" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hill</a>&nbsp;</em>has penned an obituary for the National Endowment of the Arts, following its defunding at the hands of the Trump administration and the current Republican-controlled government. As the obit notes, the NEA has been threatened many times before, notably in the 80&rsquo;s and 90&rsquo;s following a string of controversial, NEA-funded exhibitions. At the onset of the Reagan Administration, the government tried to give the department, which uses up a tiny amount of the national budget, the ax. Later, controversy boiled when the NEA sponsored an exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe photos depicting gay men in sexualized and aestheticized fashions.</p><p>At the end of the day, the NEA was already a drastically underfunded organization, particularly when compared to government-sponsored art funding in other countries. Still, the move leaves the United States as the only country in the world without a federal arts presence, according to <em>the Hill</em>. That&rsquo;s pretty shocking.</p><p>As I outlined in a previous article...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149987398/trump-may-eliminate-the-national-endowment-for-the-arts-here-s-why-that-matters-for-architecture Trump may eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts — here's why that matters for architecture Nicholas Korody 2017-01-19T13:38:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T10:27:15-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/w2/w2cy50fh1dcuzn0f.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to a report published by <a href="http://thehill.com/policy/finance/314991-trump-team-prepares-dramatic-cuts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>the Hill</em></a>, President-elect Trump is planning significant cuts to federal programs, including the departments of Transportation, Commerce and Energy. What else is on the chopping block? The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. And, according to the report, they&rsquo;re not just going to get budgetary cuts&mdash;they&rsquo;re going to be eliminated. This matters.</p><p>The United States already barely supports the arts at all in comparison to other developed countries. But still, the NEA and NEH are crucial for the survival of arts and cultural organizations around the country. Best known for supporting the fine arts, these organizations also support many architectural initiatives under the rubric of &ldquo;Design&rdquo;, a category which here covers: &ldquo;architecture, communications and graphic design, fashion design, historic preservation, industrial and product design, interior design, landscape architecture, planning, universal design, social i...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/105424202/tod-williams-and-billie-tsien-presented-with-national-medal-of-arts-by-president-obama Tod Williams and Billie Tsien presented with National Medal of Arts by President Obama Justine Testado 2014-07-30T21:04:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T19:41:58-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/39/39aq7dxzhy81oc7k.jpg" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1492/twbta-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams and Billie Tsien</a> were honored with the prestigious National Medal of Arts from the <a href="http://arts.gov" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Endowment for the Arts</a> (NEA). As the highest award bestowed to artists and arts patrons by the U.S. federal government, the medal specially recognizes individuals or groups for their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the country.</p><p>President Barack Obama individually presented the medals to Williams, Tsien, and all the recipients during the recent awards ceremony at the White House in Washington D.C.</p><p>Read on for more info:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2b74pgcavthf85q.jpg"></p><p>"Billie Tsien and Tod Williams [were acknowledged] for their contributions to architecture and arts education. Whether public or private, their deliberate and inspired designs have a profound effect on the lives of those who interact with them, and their teaching and spirit of service have inspired young people to pursue their passions"</p><p>The list of notable medal recipients also included:</p><ul><li><strong>Julia Alvarez</strong>, Noveli...</li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/61391926/nea-grant-funds-collection-of-50-women-architects NEA Grant Funds Collection of 50 Women Architects Archinect 2012-11-14T16:43:00-05:00 >2012-11-19T18:05:25-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/0z/0zxucbkuzcg7n7nl.jpg" width="299" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to pursue the project recording the accomplishments of 50 women architects practicing before 1980.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) has selected a national advisory council of esteemed architectural scholars to oversee the selection of women architects for the foundation&rsquo;s new special collection, &ldquo;Making a Place for Women in 20th-Century American Architecture.&rdquo; The creation of the advisory council is pursuant to BWAF&rsquo;s application for a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) matching Art Works grant of $35,000. The NEA awarded the grant to BWAF earlier this year to support the project.</p> <p> The NEA&rsquo;s Art Works grants aid the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The special collection will honor women architects active prior to 1980 and, for the first time, document their contributions to the profession.</p> <p> Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the NEA, said, &ldquo;The arts should be a part of everyday life. Whether it&rsquo;s...</p>