Request for Comments To Assist in the Development of the National Endowment for the Arts' 2022-2026 Strategic Plan: Extension of Public Comment Period

CourtNational Endowment For The Arts, National Foundation On The Arts And The Humanities
Citation86 FR 15501
Publication Date23 Mar 2021
Record Number2021-05908
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 54 (Tuesday, March 23, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 54 (Tuesday, March 23, 2021)]
                [Notices]
                [Page 15501]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2021-05908]
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                NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES
                National Endowment for the Arts
                Request for Comments To Assist in the Development of the National
                Endowment for the Arts' 2022-2026 Strategic Plan: Extension of Public
                Comment Period
                AGENCY: National Endowment for the Arts, National Foundation on the
                Arts and Humanities.
                ACTION: Extension of comment period.
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                SUMMARY: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is in the process of
                developing a new strategic plan for the years 2022-2026. The NEA Office
                of Research & Analysis is soliciting public input to inform the
                development of the NEA 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. Through this Request
                for Comments, the NEA invites ideas and insights from the general
                public, including arts organizations, artists, arts educators, state
                and local arts agencies, other arts funders and policy-makers,
                researchers, and individuals and groups outside the arts sector. In the
                summer of 2021, stakeholders will have a second opportunity to provide
                comments and input in response to the drafted version of the NEA 2022-
                2026 Strategic Plan.
                DATES: The due date for public comments requested in the Federal
                Register Notice published on March 10, 2021 (86 FR 13760) has been
                extended. Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in
                the address section below on or before the close of business on
                Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Comments received after that date will be
                considered to the extent practicable.
                ADDRESSES: Send comments to Sunil Iyengar, National Endowment for the
                Arts, via email ([email protected]).
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                A. About the National Endowment for the Arts
                 Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the
                Arts is an independent federal agency, providing funding and support to
                give Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise
                their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Currently,
                the NEA supports arts organizations and artists in every Congressional
                district in the country.
                B. Supplemental Information
                 On March 10, 2021 the National Endowment for the Arts posted a
                Request for Comments, seeking public input to guide the development of
                the agency's 2022-2026 Strategic Plan (86 FR 13760). The public comment
                period was originally scheduled to close on Friday, March 26, 2021. The
                National Endowment for the Arts is extending the public comment period
                until Wednesday, March 31, 2021 to allow members of the public more
                time to submit their input and comments.
                 As a federal agency, the National Endowment for the Arts is
                required to establish a new strategic plan every four years. The
                Strategic Plan sets key priorities for the agency and presents
                management-focused objectives and strategies. The NEA's most recent
                strategic plan covers the years 2018-2022, and can be found online
                here: https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/NEA-FY2018-2022-StrategicPlan-2.16.18.pdf.
                 The NEA is seeking public input and comments from a broad array of
                stakeholders (see SUMMARY) to guide the development of the agency's
                2022-2026 Strategic Plan. A call for comments has been posted to the
                agency's website: https://www.arts.gov/strategic-plan-input. In
                particular, the NEA welcomes input on the development of its Strategic
                Framework, which includes the following elements: Mission, Vision,
                Strategic Goals, and Strategic Objectives.
                 The NEA is particularly interested in how these elements should be
                viewed in light of new and emerging challenges and opportunities, among
                other contextual factors.
                 Examples of these factors include, but are not limited to:
                 The post-pandemic recovery of the arts sector;
                 Changes in work-and-leisure patterns;
                 The rise of virtual engagement in the arts;
                 Growing integration of the arts with other sectors (e.g.,
                health, science, education, technology, community development); and
                 Greater public attention to issues of diversity, equity,
                inclusion, accessibility, and social justice.
                 Authority: 5 U.S.C. 306.
                 Dated: March 17, 2021.
                Meghan Jugder,
                Support Services Specialist, Office of Administrative Services &
                Contracts, National Endowment for the Arts.
                [FR Doc. 2021-05908 Filed 3-22-21; 8:45 am]
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