April 16, 2014

Four Tarrant County organizations receive NEA grants

In all, the National Endowment for the Arts announced grant awards totaling $74.85 million for the second half of the fiscal year.

The National Endowment for the Arts said Wednesday that it’s awarding $74.85 million in grants for the second half of the fiscal year for a wide variety of projects.

In addition to the big cultural meccas of New York and Los Angeles, the NEA is careful to recognize projects in every state and awarded grants to large and small cities all over the U.S., including Fort Worth; Miami; Sacramento, Calif.; and Kansas City, Mo.

In addition, each state’s nonprofit arts agency received a grant to distribute to groups and institutions that it has partnerships with, such as museums and performing arts groups.

The Texas Commission on the Arts was awarded $911,900, and the California Arts Council received $1.08 million, the North Carolina Arts Council was allotted $907,000 and the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs received $826,500.

A wide variety of individual arts projects received grants, including $15,000 to the University of Texas at Arlington to make four case studies of cities to determine the connection between arts and craft producers and urban economies.

Fort Worth’s Amphibian Stage Productions got $12,000 to support its multicultural program for young people in theater, dance, music, art, history and geography.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra was awarded $20,000 to support a touring and educational program in rural communities within 150 miles including Graham, Killeen, Stephenville and Waxahachie.

The Van Cliburn Foundation, named for the legendary pianist who died last year, was awarded $10,000 to support a touring performance of Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winners.

According to NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa, for every dollar the federal government invests, organizations raise an additional $9 in support.

“These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation’s artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape,” she said in a statement announcing the grants.

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