Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation Receives NEA Art Works Grant to Support Making A Place for Women in 20th-Century American Architecture
Grant part of NEA announcement of 788 Art Works grants and $24.81 million in funding nationwide
New York, NY—National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announces that the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) is one of 788 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. BWAF is recommended for a matching $35,000 grant to support Making A Place for Women in 20th-Century American Architecture. The 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and support 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 grant will be used to support the creation of a Special Collection within the existing online collection, Women of 20th-Century American Architecture, a free, publicly accessible digital archive. This project, Making a Place for Women in 20th-Century American Architecture, will involve a selection process by jury, curatorial expertise, targeted technological upgrades, and design services to help preserve the legacies of fifty historically significant women architects and designers active prior to 1970 who helped make and shape the built environment of the United States. The target audiences for this online collection include scholars, historians, educators, students, practitioners, and the general public.
Chairman Landesman said, “The arts should be a part of everyday life. Whether it’s seeing a performance, visiting a gallery, participating in an art class, or simply taking a walk around a neighborhood enhanced by public art, these grants are ensuring that across the nation, the public is able to experience how art works.”
The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications under the Art Works category for this round of funding, requesting more than $78 million in funding. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.
The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) is working to change the culture of the building industry so that women’s work, whether in contemporary practices or within historical narratives, is acknowledged, respected and valued. BWAF achieves its mission by documenting women’s work, educating the public, and transforming industry practice through collaborations with museums, professional organizations, and other groups in the areas of architecture, design, engineering, technology, real estate, and construction. BWAF is a national research and educational non-profit 501(c) (3) organization.