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Congress established the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in 1965, and since then the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to "support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities." This collection from the NEA is a "comprehensive compendium of planning advice from a variety of professional arts consultants, many of whom were associated with the NEA Advancement Program of 1980-1996." In addition to offering grant funds, the NEA also offers management assistance, thus "planning grants" have become an important piece of the support offered by the NEA. This compendium brings together the ideas and perspectives of many planning consultants including arts administrators, writers, teachers, artists, board members, and more. There are 6 sections here, and they are divided into themes including "Looking in the Mirror", "First Steps", "The Conversation", and "Moving On". Some of the highlights here include "Casting Your Long Range Plan" by Joseph Wesley Zeigler and "Who's On First: Resolving Problems of Implementation in Public-Sector Planning". The site is rounded out by a list of recommended reading and short bios of each contributor.
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