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Words Without Borders Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

By Words Without Borders

New York, New York, February 13, 2019—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today awards totaling more than $27 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2019, including an Art Works award to Words Without Borders to support its flagship online magazine of international literature, education programs, and events.

The Art Works category 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.

NEA Acting Chairman Mary Ann Carter said:

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate.”

“We are honored to be among the organizations awarded funding from the NEA again this year,” said WWB executive director Karen M. Phillips. “This grant will support our work to foster empathy and create connections across borders through the publication of vital and diverse literary voices from around the world.”

With the support of the NEA, Words Without Borders will publish issues of its digital magazine of literature in translation dedicated to new writing from Cape Verde, Chile, Oman, Wales, the Philippines, and elsewhere. Its online education program, WWB Campus, will expand to offer students and educators access to more eye-opening world literature and curricular resources. And the organization will organize public readings and discussions with international writers and translators in New York City. These programs will continue to be made available free of charge.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit

WORDS WITHOUT BORDERS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that fosters cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of international literature. To date WWB has translated over 2,500 pieces of literature and poetry from 136 countries and 115 languages. WWB Campus is an online education initiative designed to connect students and their educators with international writing.

For additional information, please contact:
Contact: Josh Ascherman, Development Assistant
Email Address: [email protected]
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Twitter: @wwborders

Published Feb 13, 2019   Copyright 2019 Words Without Borders

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