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National Endowment for the Arts to Award More Than $30 Million for Arts Projects Nationwide

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology in Bellaire, MI received support for the Long Memory Project - a storytelling residency connecting artists and musicians with the local farming community.

Washington, DC—For its first major grant funding round of fiscal year 2017, the National Endowment for the Arts announced more than $30 million will be awarded to nonprofit organizations and individuals across the country for grants in the areas of Art Works, Art Works: Creativity Connects, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships. These grants cross all artistic disciplines, reach 48 states as well as Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and also support partnerships between the arts and non-arts sectors.

The Art Works: Creativity Connects grants are part of Chairman Chu’s signature leadership initiative, Creativity Connects*. These 37 grants for a total of $2,500,000 support partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors, such as healthcare, nutrition, juvenile justice, science, and technology, among many others. 

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting these projects, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

The announcement celebrated residencies as critical spaces for the incubation of new ideas and as platforms for cross-discipline connections and collaboration. The first round of 2017 NEA awards honored a diversity of models within the residency field - from long-established, retreat-style colonies like The MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH) and Skowhegan (Skowhegan, ME), to active arts centers with a public engagement focus including Hyde Park Art Center (Chigaco, IL)
and 18th Street Arts Center (Los Angeles, CA), to residencies offered through universities, museums, and national parks and preserves. There are currently an estimated 500 artist residency programs in the U.S. (and more than 1,500 worldwide), which provide residencies to more than 15,000 artists each year - painters, poets, composers, choreographers, playwrights, filmmakers, novelists, scholars, and others.

Support for artist communities totaled nearly 2 million with over $780,000 in the Artist Communities division alone. Visual arts grants added another $580,000 specifically for residency programs.

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

3Arts
Chicago, IL
$15,000

18th Street Arts Center
Santa Monica, CA
$10,000

A Studio in the Woods
New Orleans, LA
$15,000

Anderson Centert for Interdisciplinary Studios
Red Wind, MN
$10,000

Archie Bray Foundation (aka Archie Bray Foundation (the Bray))          
Helena, MT          
$20,000

Art Omi
Ghent, NY
$10,000

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Omaha, NE
$25,000

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Bellaire, MI
$10,000

DanceCLEVELAND

Cleveland, OH
$30,000

Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Woodside, CA
$15,000

Elsewhere
Greensboro, NC
$40,000

I-Park Fondation
East Haddam, CT
$20,000

Island Institute
Sitka, AK
$15,000

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Sheboygan, WI
$40,000

Kala Institute
Berkeley, CA
$15,000

Hedgebrook
Langley, WA
$25,000

Hermitage Artist Retreat
Englewood, FL
$20,000

Hyde Park Art Center          
Chicago, IL          
$25,000

Ox Bow (aka Ox-Bow)
Saugatuck, MI
$20,000

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inc          
Becket, MA          
$100,000

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

MacDowell Colony, Inc. (aka The MacDowell Colony)
Peterborough, NH
$25,000

Penland School of Crafts, Inc. (aka Penland School of Crafts)          
Penland, NC          
$30,000

Pilchuck Glass School (aka Pilchuck)          
Seattle, WA          
$25,000

Playa
Summer Lake, OR
$20,000

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (aka MFAH) (on behalf of The Glassell School of Art)          
Houston, TX          
$40,000

AIR Serenbe
Chattahoochee Hills, GA
$20,000

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Inc. (aka Skowhegan)
Madison, ME
$40,000

S&R Foundation
Washington, DC
$25,000

Guilford Performance Lab Inc (aka Vermont Performance Lab)          
Guilford, VT          
$45,000

Vermont Studio Center, Inc. (aka VSC)
Johnson, VT
$20,000

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (aka VCCA)
Amherst, VA
$10,000

The Watermill Center
Water Mill, NY
$15,000

Wave Farm
Acra, NY
$15,000

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Inc. (aka WheatonArts) (on behalf of Creative Glass Center of America)
Millville, NJ
$20,000

Corporation of Yaddo (aka Yaddo)
Saratoga Springs, NY
$25,000

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. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through September 2016. Go to arts.gov/50th to enjoy art stories from around the nation, peruse Facts & Figures, and check out the anniversary timeline.