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American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius is a major initiative to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. Through American Masterpieces, the National Endowment for the Arts will sponsor performances, exhibitions, tours, and educational programs across all art forms that will reach large and small communities in all 50 states.

This component of American Masterpieces will celebrate the contribution that presenters make in American communities. Through American Masterpieces: Presenting, presentations of the performing, visual, media, design, and literary arts of the highest quality -- that otherwise would not be available -- will be experienced by Americans in communities across the nation.

The Arts Endowment plans to support a variety of multidisciplinary presentations that are artistically, historically, and culturally significant and that reflect the full breadth of genres. Presenters may define master artists or masterworks within their own context, community vision, or goals. Activity may consist of a single multidisciplinary project or a multidisciplinary series comprised of several different single-discipline presentations.

Projects or series may focus on but are not limited to:

  • Masterpieces from the American classical canon.
  • Revivals, reconstructions, or restagings of collaborations of master artists.
  • Revivals, reconstructions, or restagings of works by master artists.
  • Masterworks of historical or cultural significance.
  • Masterworks representing newer works or art forms.
  • Lesser known masterworks or works by master artists unique to the nation, region, or community.

Commissions and new works are not eligible. Projects must be accompanied by related educational, interpretive, or contextual components. These may include discussions, master classes, seminars, exhibitions, program material, or cooperative learning projects with educational or community institutions. Curriculum-based educational components for children and youth must ensure the application of national or state arts education standards.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 pm Friday, August 31, 2007. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) a summary of the proposed project, 2) the artistic excellence of the project, 3) the artistic merit of the project, and 4) the anticipated source(s) of the required cost match.


$10,000 to $100,000. All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, August 31, 2007

Sponsor Deadline:

October 1, 2007

URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in humanities disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at

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