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LAF Receives NEA Art Works Grant for 2019 CSI Program

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced on February 13, 2019 that the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) is one of 52 national, regional, state, and local nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Art Works grant in the Design category.

LAF is approved for a $25,000 grant to support the 2019 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty-student research teams with design firms to document the benefits of high-performing landscape projects. This year, 8 teams will study 12 exemplary projects, and the NEA grant will help fund the stipends for the student Research Assistant on each team.

Through Art Works grants, the NEA has supported the CSI program for 7 of the last 8 years. “We are so fortunate to have the support of the NEA for this cutting-edge program,” said LAF CEO Barbara Deutsch, FASLA.  “CSI has been bringing together faculty-student teams and design firms for nine years now, and the program continues to set the standard for documenting benefits of high-performing projects – projects that are truly making a difference for our profession and the world.”

Art Works is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts. The 972 Art Works grants awarded in this round total over $27 million. Visit the NEA website for a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support.

LAF is grateful to the many individuals and organizations that provide financial support towards fulfilling our mission to support the preservation, improvement, and enhancement of the environment.

Much of what LAF is able to accomplish would not be possible without the thought leadership and financial investment of our major supporters, including ASLA, which provides over $125,000 of in-kind support annually.