Despite Arts Budget Cut, NEA Calls for a Logo Redesign

National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works, logo
The National Endowment for the Arts is seeking a new logo design for their newly defined "guiding mission" - Art Works.
WASHINGTON D.C. — Despite a newly proposed budget decrease, the National Endowment for the Arts says it will pay a hefty reward for a new logo design.

President Obama said Monday that the NEA will receive $161.3 million in his fiscal year 2011 budget, $6 million less than was first proposed. Obama also called for a $161.3 million budget last year, but Congress eventually increased it. According to the New York Times, NEA's CEO Robert L. Lynch said, “the proposal was dispiriting in light of the economic downturn, when 'support for the arts is at its lowest point in a decade.'”

Despite the less than thrilling budget news, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman announced Monday that the organization is calling upon the American public to redesign their logo - for a substantial monetary reward. Design submissions must represent the phrase Art Works, the NEA’s proclaimed “guiding mission.” The winning logo should also illustrate the three meanings of Art Works: the plays, paintings, dances, films and the other works of art that are the creation of artists; the effect of art on audiences and viewers, to transport, transform, inspire, and challenge us; and a reminder that arts workers are real workers with real jobs who are part of this country's real economy.

The artist whose design is chosen will receive a government grant of approximately $25,000. The selected logo may be used in print and online and may accompany the existing NEA logo or even replace it.

Proposals must be submitted to the NEA by 5pm EST on February 26. For submission guidelines please visit the NEA Grants website.

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