Monday, February 1, 2010

NEA Chairman announces a request for proposals for a new "Art Works" logo

Chairman Rocco Landesman wants the new logo to embody the three meanings of "Art Works."

During a visit to a graphic design class at the Design and Architecture Senior High school (DASH) in Miami ’s Wynwood/Design District on February 1, 2010, Chairman Landesman announced that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released a request for proposals (RFP) for a new "Art Works" logo; the RFP is available at
The visit to DASH was part of the Chairman’s latest stop on his "Art Works" tour across America; h e was in Miami to see the role that design, architecture, and artists play in creating the greater Miami area we know today.
When used by the Chairman, the phrase "art works" has three meanings: "art works" are the plays, paintings, dances, films and the other works of art that are the creation of artists; "art works" describes the effect of art on audiences and viewers, art works to transport, transform, inspire, and challenge us; and "art works’ is a reminder that arts workers are real workers with real jobs who are part of this country’s real economy. The proposed logos should incorporate all three of the meanings of "Art Works" and tie them to the NEA in such a way that the proposed logo might be used alone or in conjunction with the NEA’s current logo.
Chairman Landesman said, "Those two words – "art works" – pretty much sum up everything we are about at the NEA, and I hope you will see them everywhere. Art, artists, and arts professionals work to change the communities they inhabit: they are placemakers and help create livable, sustainable, complete communities. I look forward to having a logo that conveys that."
Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February, 26, 2010. Potential proposers must direct all inquiries to Latonca Harris at