New York, New York, January 12, 2022—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has just announced that it will distribute more than $28 million in support of 1,248 arts and cultural organizations nationwide, including Words Without Borders (WWB). WWB will receive an Art Works award to fund the publication of its monthly magazine, its education programs through WWB Campus, and its free virtual literary events.
The Art Works funding category supports projects that focus on public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation; the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; learning in the arts at all stages of life; and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from Words Without Borders that help support the community’s creative economy,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. “Words Without Borders is among the arts organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts.”
“As we work to expand access to groundbreaking literature in translation in 2022, we are grateful for the NEA's renewed support,” said WWB Executive Director Karen M. Phillips. “This grant will help us support our global community of writers and translators while keeping our programs free and accessible for readers worldwide.”
This year, with the support of the NEA, Words Without Borders will publish new writing translated from Assamese, Catalan, Mapudungún, and more in its digital magazine. WWB will bring this vital literature to classrooms around the world through its education program, WWB Campus, with new remote learning resources and professional development workshops for educators. WWB’s free virtual literary events with international authors and translators will also be supported by the Art Works grant.
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/about/news.
WORDS WITHOUT BORDERS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that fosters cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of international literature. To date, WWB has translated over 2,700 pieces of literature from 141 countries and 132 languages. WWB Campus is an online education initiative designed to connect students and their educators with international writing.