The Cultural Arts Division commssions and exhibits works of art through its various programs. From permanent, public art installations managed by the Art in Public Places Program, to the annual People's Gallery Exhibitions at Austin City Hall, a range of opportunities are available for both emerging and established artists.
Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. To this end, it is vital to have partners in sectors outside the arts world (food, transportation, energy, etc).
Familiarize yourself with the Our Towneligibility requirements and especially what they do not fund. The City of Austin will not endorse any project that does not meet these requirements.
Please note, the National Endowment for the Arts limits the number of Our Town grant applicants per city (2) and requires a letter of endorsement from the Mayor. CAD will assist in getting the Mayor's letter for the selected candidates. This is a competitive process, so please do your research and present a well thought-out project.
Frequently Asked Questions about Our Town can be found here.
The NEA is hosting a live "Tips for a Successful Our Town Application" webinar on June 24, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time featuring an overview presentation followed by a Q&A session. Click here to register for the upcoming webinar and for an archive of the webinar after it is concluded
DEADLINE FOR ENDORSEMENT APPLICATION: MONDAY, JULY 8th, 5:00 PM We will notify applicants selected for City of Austin endorsement by Thursday, July 11th. Please note Submission to the National Endowment for the Arts is a two part process. Part 1 is due August 8th to grants.gov and Part 2 is submitting the full application in the window of August 13-20th.