Arts and Artifacts Indemnity

To provide for indemnification against loss or damage for eligible art works, artifacts, and objects (1) when borrowed from abroad for exhibition in the U.S.; (2) when borrowed from the U.S.

for exhibition abroad, preferably when there is an exchange exhibition from a foreign country; and (3)
when borrowed from the U.S.

for exhibition in the U.S.

as part of exhibitions from abroad which include foreign-owned objects.
Examples of Funded Projects

Current indemnified exhibitions are listed on the Web site, www.arts.gov.


Agency - Federal Council On The Arts And The Humanities

Website Address

www.arts.gov



Program Accomplishments

Thirty-nine certificates of indemnity were issued in fiscal year 2007 for 39 exhibitions. It is estimated that 45 certificates of indemnity will be issued in fiscal year 2008 for 45 exhibitions. It is anticipated that 50 certificates of indemnity will be issued in fiscal year 2009 for 50 exhibitions.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Certificates of Indemnity will be issued for the following items insuring them against loss or damage: (1) Works of art, including tapestries, paintings, sculpture, folk art, graphics, and craft arts; (2) manuscripts, rare documents, books, and other printed or published materials; (3) other artifacts or objects; and (4) photographs, motion pictures, or audio and video tape.

Items must be of educational, cultural, historical or scientific value; and their exhibition must be certified by the Department of State to be in the national interest.

Restrictions: No indemnity agreement for a single exhibition shall exceed $1.2 billion.

Deductible amounts are on a sliding scale based on the value of certificate, as follows: $15,000 deductible for exhibitions of up to $2 million in value; $25,000 for valuation of $2 million to $10 million; $50,000 for valuation of $10 million to $125 million; $100,000 for valuation of $125 million to $200 million; $200,000 for valuation of $200 million to $300 million; $300,000 for valuation of $300 million to $400 million; $400,000 for valuation of $400 million to $500 million; and $500,000 for valuation above $500 million.

The total amount of indemnities that can be outstanding at any one time is $10 billion.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federal, State, and local government entities, and nonprofit agencies and institutions may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal, State, and local government entities, and nonprofit agencies and institutions will benefit. Audiences of indemnified exhibitions will also benefit.

Credentials/Documentation

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Assistance is available from the Indemnity Administrator, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC 20506-0001.

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No.

A-102; it is also excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Applicants should obtain guidelines and application instructions from the Arts Endowment's Web site at www.arts.gov. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

The Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities makes final decisions on all awards based on recommendations from consulting panels of professionals in the field.

Deadlines

April 1 and October 1 of each year.

Authorization

National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Laws 89-209, and 94-158, 20 U.S.C. 971 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Dependent on meetings of the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities; approximately three months.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Requests for extensions and renewals must compete against new applications.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Coverage does not include the first $15,000 to $500,000 based on the deductible formula for the value of an exhibition. The applicant must assume the deductible for the exhibition.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The time of assistance varies.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reports of loss or damage at termination of exhibit.

Audits

Final audits may be made at the discretion of the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities for up to three years after the termination of the indemnity time period.

Records

Applicants are responsible for complete packing, shipping, security and condition reports on all indemnified items.

Financial Information

Account Identification

59-0100-0-1-503.

Obigations

(Claim payments) FY 07 $0; FY 08 $0; and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

None.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations and guidelines are available on the Arts Endowment's Web site at www.arts.gov.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Indemnity Administrator, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC 20506-0001. Contact: Alice M. Whelihan. Telephone: (202) 682-5574.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Contact the Indemnity Administrator.



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