April 10, 2009

NEA announces $19.8M in grants

The U.S. National Endowment for the Arts Friday announced $19.8 million in one-time grants to state arts agencies and regional arts organizations.

The grants are made possible under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Potential recipients include organizations in the performing, visual and literary arts.

We applaud the ready response demonstrated by our national, state and regional partners to support the arts, NEA Acting Chairman Patrice Walker Powell said in a statement. We look forward to witnessing the positive impact of this funding opportunity.

The NEA's state and regional partners will invest their recovery funds in projects that assist arts organizations in retaining critical staff as well as artists and other contractual personnel, the NEA said in a news release. These critical staff will enhance the ability of arts organizations to realize their artistic and public service goals. State and regional agencies will mirror the NEA's recovery grant program and adapt their programs to respond to the particular needs of their constituents.