Thursday, May 8, 2008

National Endowment for the Arts Announces More Than $77 Million in Grants for the Second Round of Fiscal Year 2008 Funding

In its second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2008, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that it will award $77.4 million to fund 1,014 grants. The Arts Endowment will distribute $77,452,700 in this round of FY 2008 funding to nonprofit national, regional, state, and local organizations across the country, funding grants in the categories of Access to Artistic Excellence, Arts on Radio and Television, Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth, Partnership Agreements (State and Regional), and American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

"NEA support enriches the civic life of the nation by making the best of the arts available throughout the United States," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "From traditional arts apprenticeships for youth to online museum resources for the public, the range of support represents a valuable investment in American art that will serve the American people."

Access to Artistic Excellence grants support the creation and presentation of work in the disciplines of dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, media arts, museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting, theater, and visual arts. Through this category, the NEA will fund 593 projects out of a total of 1,002 eligible applications for a federal investment of $14,029,500.

Examples of projects supported by Access to Artistic Excellence grants include:
Support for the Augusta Folklife Program, sponsored by Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. Activities will include the West Virginia Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program, a scholarship program, the Old-Time Fiddler's Reunion, and folklife documentation.

Support for the National Zarzuela Institute, sponsored by the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The project will promote the development of musical theater artists in Spanish and Latin American concert repertoire and preserve the zarzuela, a style of light opera of Spanish origin.

Support to the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida for documentation of sustainable building practices and techniques examined at the symposium Under the Sun: Sustainable Innovations & Traditions.

Arts on Radio and Television grants support the development, production, and national distribution of radio and television arts programs. The NEA will fund 52 grants in this category for a total federal investment of $3,700,000.

Examples of projects supported by Arts on Radio and Television grants include:

To support the production and national broadcast of the radio series Fresh Air with Terry Gross. The award-winning daily journal of contemporary arts and culture is broadcast on 493 National Public Radio stations and is heard by more than 4.5 million people each week.

To support the development and production by Thirteen/WNET New York of performing arts specials for the television series Great Performances and Dance in America for broadcast on PBS.

Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth grants advance arts education for children and youth in school-based or community-based settings. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art. Funded projects also must apply national or state arts education standards. The NEA will fund 216 projects in this category out of 500 eligible applications, for a federal investment of $6,790,000.

Examples of projects supported by Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth grants include:
Support for the Perlman Music Camp, led by Toby and Itzhak Perlman, an intensive six-week residency in eastern Long Island which provides instruction, coaching, and mentoring opportunities to exceptionally gifted young string players.

Support for the Young Filmmakers Program at the Northwest Film Center, Portland Museum of Art in Oregon. As many as 4,000 young people in Oregon and southwest Washington state will study media production, creative writing, camera work, and career training.

Partnership grants provide support to the 56 state, jurisdictional, and territorial arts agencies, the six regional arts organizations, and the National Association of State Arts Agencies. Also included in this round is a grant of $65,900 to Pacific Resources in Education and Learning to support the implementation of a two-year plan for services and assistance to art educators, schools, local artists, and community members. In total, 64 grants were awarded in this category for a federal investment of $50,173,200.

American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius is a major NEA initiative to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. Through American Masterpieces, the National Endowment for the Arts sponsors performances, exhibitions, tours, and educational programs across different art forms that reach large and small communities in all 50 states. American Masterpieces grants in this round will support 89 projects in the categories of chamber music, presenting, and visual arts touring for a federal investment of $2,760,000.

Examples of projects supported by American Masterpieces include:

Support for the Elliott Carter Centenary. A season-long celebration of the composer's 100th birthday will include concerts, public interviews with the composer, and residency activities at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Support for the remounting of John Cage and Merce Cunningham's Ocean (1994) within the Rainbow Quarry near St. Cloud, Minnesota. Inside a massive amphitheater cut into granite, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform on a circular stage, surrounded by the audience and 150 classical musicians from the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and four state college orchestras.

Support to the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey for the touring exhibition Cezanne and American Modernism, a comprehensive examination of Cezanne's influence on American modern art.

Grants listings noted in this announcement:
Access to Artistic Excellence
American Masterpieces: Chamber Music Presenting Visual Arts Touring
Arts on Radio and Television
Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth
Partnership Agreements (State and Regional)
Grant listings for these categories are also available by state.

Some details of the projects listed in this grant announcement are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval. For additional information, contact the National Endowment for the Arts' Office of Communications at 202-682-5570.

The National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest annual national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

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