New York, New York, January 10, 2023—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has just announced that it will distribute more than $28.8 million in support of 1,251 arts and cultural organizations nationwide. Words Without Borders is honored to be named one of the NEA’s 2023 grantees. The Grants for Arts Projects award will fund the publication of WWB’s digital magazine, its education programs through WWB Campus, and its free literary events.
The NEA’s Grants for Arts Projects provide comprehensive and expansive funding opportunities for communities. Through project-based funding, the program supports opportunities for public engagement with the arts and arts education, for the integration of the arts with strategies promoting the health and well-being of people and communities, and for the improvement of overall capacity and capabilities within the arts sector.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “Projects such as this one with Words Without Borders strengthen arts and cultural ecosystems, provide equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, and contribute to the health of our communities and our economy.”
“We are grateful to receive support from the NEA as we seek to dramatically expand access to literature in translation in 2023,” said WWB Executive Director Karen M. Phillips. “This grant will help us commission groundbreaking new writing from around the world and keep our programs free for readers everywhere.”
This year, with the support of the NEA, Words Without Borders will publish new writing from the Philippines, the Francophone Pacific, the Mapudungún community, 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 Grants for Arts Projects award
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/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 published literature from 141 countries and 133 languages by more than 4,300 writers and translators. WWB Campus is an online education initiative designed to connect students and their educators with international writing.