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National Endowment for the Arts to Award More Than $25 Million for Arts Projects Nationwide

“At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.” - NEA Chairman Jane Chu

Washington, DC - National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. 

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.

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects ... are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.”

Support for artist communities totaled over $700,000, with futher grants for residency programs under other discipline grant categories. As part of this funding the Alliance of Artists Communities was awarded $40,000 for initiatives supporting accessibility and opportunities for artists with disabilities in the residency field. Funding will be used to identify and expand opportunities for artists with disabilities, develop tools to support residency programs in expanding access and advocate for greater resources to assist residency programs in serving artists with disabilities.

Grants awarded to artist residency programs in the Alliance network include:

3Arts
Chicago, IL
$15,000

Archie Bray Foundation (aka Archie Bray Foundation (the Bray))
Helena, MT           
$23,000

Atlantic Center for the Arts, Inc.
New Smyrna Beach, FL
$10,000

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (aka Bemis Center)
Omaha, NE
$20,000

Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation (aka The Watermill Center)
New York, NY
$20,000

City of Asylum Pittsburgh (aka City of Asylum)
Pittsburgh, PA
$30,000

Corporation of Yaddo (aka Yaddo)
Saratoga Springs, NY
$20,000

Court 13 Arts
New Orleans, LA
$20,000

Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Woodside, CA
$20,000

Elsewhere, Inc. (aka Elsewhere)
Greensboro, NC
$35,000

Friends of A Studio in the Woods
New Orleans, LA
$30,000

Gina Gibney Dance, Inc. (aka Gibney Dance)
New York, NY
$20,000

Headlands Center for the Arts (aka Headlands)
Sausalito, CA
$20,000

Hedgebrook Foundation
Langley, WA
$10,000

Hermitage Artist Retreat, Inc. (aka Hermitage)
Englewood, FL
$15,000

Island Institute (aka Island Institute)
Sitka, AK
$10,000

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inc. (aka the Pillow)
Becket, MA
$90,000

Kala Institute (aka Kala Art Institute)
Berkeley, CA
$30,000

Light Work Visual Studies, Inc. (aka Light Work)
Syracuse, NY
$40,000

MacDowell Colony, Inc. (aka The MacDowell Colony)
Peterborough, NH
$30,000

Marble House Project, Inc. (aka Marble House Project or MHP)
Dorset, VT
$20,000

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation, Inc. (aka MASS MoCA)
North Adams, MA
$20,000

McColl Center for Art & Innovation (aka McColl Center for Art Innovation)
Charlotte, NC
$20,000

Millay Colony for the Arts, Inc. (aka The Millay Colony)
Austerlitz, NY
$10,000

Montalvo Association (aka Montalvo Arts Center)
Saratoga, CA
$15,000

Mount Tremper Arts, Inc. (aka Mount Tremper Arts)
Mount Tremper, NY
$30,000

Museum of Fine Arts Houston (aka MFAH)
Houston, TX
$45,000

Ox Bow (aka OxBow School of Art and Artists' Residency)
Saugatuck, MI
$20,000

Pilchuck Glass School (aka Pilchuck)
Seattle, WA
$20,000

Playa
Summer Lake, OR
$10,000

Press Street (aka Antenna)
New Orleans, LA
$15,000

Ragdale Foundation (aka Ragdale)
Lake Forest, IL
$20,000

Santa Fe Art Institute (aka SFAI)
Santa Fe, NM
$30,000

Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture and the Environment (aka AIR Serenbe) (on behalf of AIR Serenbe)
Chattahoochee Hills, GA
$10,000

Yard, Inc. (aka The Yard)
Chilmark, MA
$30,000

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The Alliance of Artists Communities is a national and international association of artists' communities, colonies, and residency programs - a diverse field of more than 1,500 organizations worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work. Believing that the cultivation of new art and ideas is essential to human progress, the Alliance's mission is to advocate for and support artists' communities, to advance the endeavors of artists. For more information, visit: www.artistcommunities.org

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.