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[liberationtech] Kickstarter Expects To Provide More Funding To The Arts Than NEA

Lina Srivastava lina at
Wed Feb 29 16:28:47 PST 2012

Sorry for the late reply, but inasmuch as the NEA has lately been showing
interest in innovations in media beyond film and television, into
transmedia, serious games and educational games, and new media platforms
for storyteling, journalism, and social networking, this might be of
interest to some people on this list: Last month, I was on a review panel
for the NEA Arts in Media grant cycle. I work at the intersection of
culture, art, medis, technology, and activism, and they invited me on the
panel primarily due to my work in transmedia design. The applications I saw
weren't as staid as I had expected or feared, and some were rather
technologically innovative, even including some aimed specifically at
social benefit projects. I don't know what will eventually be funded, but I
was heartened to see what American artists are creating and the dorection
towards innovation the NEA is taking-- and I thought some American libtech
projects incorporating creative and cultural elements might actually be a
good fit in the NEA portfolio, whether for individual grant support or
through their support of networks of organizations. The main thrust of the
grants is still for artistic/cultural merit and excellence but the NEA
seems to be expanding its scope of what constitutes art and culture, so I'd
encourage some of you on this list to learn a bit more about its grant
making and organizational support, and think about applying. I'd also
encourage you think about advocating for the agency's continued health. As
a country, we kind of need them.  To get back to David's original
point, Kickstarter, indieGoGo, and other crowdfunding platforms have been a
huge benefit to the creative communities, but it's a shame we've defunded
the NEA to the level that its annual budget approximates the daily budget
of the DoD. We still need a robust NEA for its support of small arts and
cultural organizations, and its support of free cultural expression.

On Friday, February 24, 2012, David Johnson wrote:

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