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LAF to Receive $25,000 NEA Grant to Support the LAF Fellowship

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JANUARY 10, 2023

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has approved the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) for a $25,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. The LAF Fellowship was established to foster transformational leadership capacity and support innovation to amplify the role of landscape architects and bring about impactful change in the world. It is one of 1,251 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling nearly $28.8 million that were announced by the NEA as part of its first round of fiscal year 2023 grants.

"LAF is grateful for NEA’s continued support of this impactful program," said LAF CEO Barbara Deutsch, FASLA. "The LAF Fellowship has empowered landscape architects to tackle topics like climate positive design, recidivism, and designing in collaboration with the disabled community. Thanks in part to NEA, the fellowship will continue to serve as a means for landscape architects in all phases of their career to take time out to apply their unique skills and design thinking to critical environmental, social, and economic challenges.”

Landscape architects selected for the LAF Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership engage in a yearlong journey to develop their leadership capacity and work on ideas that have the potential to create positive and profound change in the profession, the environment, and humanity. Each Fellow receives a $25,000 award and dedicates 12 weeks of time over the course of the year to pursuing their proposed project. This work is supported by facilitated discussions, critiques, mentorship, and explorations of transformational leadership that occur during virtual meetings and three 2.5-day residencies.

Over the years, LAF has received several Grants for Arts Projects awards to support the fellowship and LAF’s Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. Visit the NEA website for the full list of projects recommended for Grants for Arts Projects funding in this round.

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.