Meet and Ask the National Endowment for the Arts

Friday, June 14, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

An annual favorite returns! In addition to details on the various grant programs of the National Endowment for the Arts, come learn about new national initiatives, technical assistance tools, and other relevant resources.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain detailed understanding of the various NEA grant opportunities, categories, and deadlines.
  2. Learn more about current national initiatives, as well as how to access technical assistance and resources.
  3. Get an introduction to other non-NEA federal resources relevant to your work.


Lara Holman Garritano
Local Arts Agencies Specialists
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Lara Holman Garritano currently serves as the Local Arts Agencies Specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts, managing funding opportunities available to the more than 4,500 Local Arts Agencies across the country. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Lara has worked on arts and culture policy and programming in a variety of communities and capacities. Previously, Lara was the Creative District Manager for downtown Colorado Springs in Colorado. In working to obtain a state-certified creative district designation, Lara developed and managed programming that integrated arts and creativity into downtown’s economic and livability efforts. Prior to that, Lara served at 4Culture, a local arts agency in Seattle, Washington, in positions that ranged from managing grant funding programs to addressing agency-wide priorities as the organization’s first Communications lead. Lara has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.