Meet & Ask the NEA

Friday, June 15, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Catch this update to the annual “Meet the NEA” session, including a broader overview of the types of federal resources (money and otherwise) that are relevant to the work of local arts agencies and arts organizations. NEA staff will provide an overview of the 2018 NEA grant programs, and then highlight a variety of multi-sector projects that have made use of additional federal resources.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand annual funding opportunities offered by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the ability to have questions answered directly by NEA grants staff.
  2. Learn about federal resources beyond the NEA that are available for arts and creative placemaking projects.
  3. Hear case study/project highlights about projects by local arts agencies and arts organizations that have successfully combined NEA funds with other federal resources for multi-sector efforts.



Lara Holman Garritano
Local Arts Agencies Specialist
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.

Jennifer Lindow Eskin
Acting Director, Local Arts Agencies & Challenge America
National Endowment for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Jennifer Lindow Eskin serves as the NEA’s Acting Director for Local Arts Agencies & Challenge America, overseeing grantmaking in these areas. Since 2008, she has been the agency’s Division Coordinator for Partnership. Her responsibilities include the management of resources and work strategies for the Local Arts Agencies, State and Regional, and Accessibility programs, as well as the Challenge America and Creativity Connects grant initiatives. Previously, Ms. Eskin worked as a Grants Specialist in the Grants & Contracts Office, after beginning her NEA career as an assistant for the Arts Education, Multidisciplinary, Music, Opera, & Presenting disciplines. Prior to joining the Arts Endowment, Ms. Eskin completed internships at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pa. She earned a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. from St. Bonaventure University, where she worked as marketing director of the Quick Center for the Arts.