Zen of Charity – Being on a Panel


National Endowment for the Arts
Arts Endowment panelists play a central role in reviewing applications for funding. We rely on panels composed of individuals who represent a broad range of artistic and cultural viewpoints, as well as wide geographic and ethnic diversity, to provide advice about the artistic excellence and artistic merit of proposals in a variety of funding categories. Our panels are composed of both arts professionals and knowledgeable laypersons. Most panelists are arts professionals who are qualified by their activities, training, skills, and/or experience in one or more art forms. Every panel also includes a layperson – someone knowledgeable about the arts but not engaged in the arts as a profession either full- or part-time. We maintain a database to help us identify and select panelists. The NEA does not share this information with any third parties. Responding to some of the questions is voluntary and the information is used only for statistical and diversity inclusion purposes. However, inclusion in this database does not guarantee that someone will be asked to serve on a panel.

National Endowment for the Humanities
We are always looking for scholars, cultural institution leaders, humanities center staff, and other experts to serve as peer reviewers. If you have ever applied for an NEH grant or served on an NEH panel, you are already in the NEH electronic grants management system (eGMS) and do not need to register via this form. But if you are new to the NEH, and if you would like to be considered as a peer reviewer, use this form to add yourself to the system. The NEH may use the information you provide to consider your candidacy for service on a peer review panel, and may also use that information to contact you to request your participation on a peer review panel. If you have been encouraged to sign up by a member of the NEH staff or the National Council on the Humanities, or by an NEH grantee or panelist, let us know in your comments below.


DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is seeking advisory review panelists to perform evaluation and rating of FY19 applications. Panelists are integral to the CAH’s grants process because they review applications, provide comments, and score applications in order to recommend recipients of CAH grant awards.  Residents of the District of Columbia metropolitan area are encouraged to apply to serve as a panelist. Selected panelists will demonstrate expertise through involvement in one or more sectors of the creative economy in the District. Individuals with arts and humanities backgrounds make the strongest candidates (i.e. artists, arts administrators, arts educators, gallery professionals, curators, art critics, etc.). The CAH supports panel diversity in all forms: age, race, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, artistic discipline, location, etc.

Maryland State Arts Council
Peer panelists review and evaluate grant applications from Maryland organizations applying for funding from the Maryland State Arts Council. These Grant Review Panels are made up of people who have expertise in various arts disciplines.

Virginia Commission for the Arts
The advisory panels of the Virginia Commission for the Arts make recommendations and give guidance that will affect the future of the arts in the Commonwealth. They are appointed for one-year terms and may be reappointed twice to serve a maximum of three years. The quality and integrity of the Commission’s decision-making depend upon the individual contributions of time, thought, and energy of these volunteers. Each of the panels consists of seven to nine members appointed by the Commission. The panelists are local artists, arts administrators, trustees of arts organizations, arts educators, and arts supporters. They are chosen for their expertise in the arts, their ability to work with others in a panel situation, and their willingness to devote the time required to review applications. In making appointments to the panels the Commission attempts to balance each panel with knowledge of the different arts disciplines and diverse cultural perspectives.