NEA Grants: The Programs, The Process, and How to Pitch (Feb.2)

Recorded On: 02/02/2021


About this Webinar

February 2 at 3:00 PM EST

Have a great project that you’re looking for funding to support? A brief overview of National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funding programs, including the application process and review criteria, will be followed by interactive small group sessions. Take advantage of this opportunity to pitch your idea and get specific guidance related to Arts Endowment grant programs from NEA staff. 

Learning objectives:

  • Gain detailed understanding of the various NEA grant opportunities, categories, and deadlines.
  • Interact with NEA staff in small groups to ask project-specific questions, hear answers to frequently asked questions, and pitch their project idea for guidance and feedback.
  • Leave ready to apply to NEA grant programs.

Lara Holman Garritano

Local Arts Agency Specialist

National Endowment for the Arts

Lara Holman Garritano currently serves as the Local Arts Agencies Specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts, managing funding opportunities available to the more than 4,500 Local Arts Agencies across the country. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Lara has worked on arts and culture policy and programming in a variety of communities and capacities. Past positions serving local arts agencies have included management of creative district work, funding programs, and communications in both Colorado Springs, Colorado and Seattle, Washington.

Michael Orlove

Director of State, Regional & Local Partnerships, and International Activities,

National Endowment for the Arts

Michael Orlove currently serves as the director of Director of State, Regional & Local Partnerships. In that capacity, Orlove provides direction concerning the National Endowment for the Arts funding and other assistance to the 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies, the six regional arts agencies, and local arts agencies across the country. Additionally, Orlove manages the agency's international activities. He was the Agency’s director of Artist Communities and Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works from 2012 to 2019.

Born and raised in Chicago, Orlove spent 19 years as senior program director for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. His tenure with the department led to nearly two decades of innovation, creativity, and passion for public service with the City of Chicago. Orlove helped transform the Chicago Cultural Center into a prime downtown performing arts venue, as well as launched Chicago SummerDance and World Music Festival: Chicago, two staples in the summer festival season. Orlove also served as the director of music programming in Millennium Park since its grand opening in 2004 and helped establish many of the program series in that venue. 

Michael has been an invited guest speaker and panelist at numerous national and international conferences and convenings.  Honors include being named one of the 'Chicagoans of the Year' in music by the Chicago Tribune in both 1999 and 2009, as well as one of Chicago's 'Global Visionaries' by Chicago Public Radio WBEZ and the Chicago Matters: Beyond Burnham series. As a testament to his international expertise, Orlove was named one of the 'Seven Samurai’ at the prestigious WOMEX (World Music Expo) 2009 Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark and, in 2018, was given the inaugural GlobalFEST ‘Impact Award’ for outstanding commitment to the world music field.  He was recently selected for the DeVos Global Arts Management Fellowship (2018-2020).

He has a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA in performing arts management from Columbia College Chicago.


NEA Grants: The Programs, The Process, and How to Pitch (Feb.2)
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