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NEA Awards Over 2 Million in Grants for Artist Residencies

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its most recent round of grants, awarding $27.6 million to 1,126 organizations and individual fellows nationwide. More than $2.1 Million will support creative residency programs – artist communities, colonies, and residencies that provide artists of any discipline with dedicated time and space for the development of new work.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society."

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 2016 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 McColl Center for Art + Innovation (Charlotte, NC) and Press Street (New Orleans, LA), 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.

"We are thrilled to celebrate the NEA's support of the field, which will provide artists with necessary resources to develop new work," says Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities, a national and international association of artists' communities, colonies, and residency programs. "The NEA's recognition is a symbol of the relevance and immediacy of our field's work: to support living artists in the creation of new work and the exploration of new ideas. The Alliance of Artists Communities was founded on the belief that supporting today's artists in developing new work is essential to human progress - not as a luxury, not as a leisure activity, but as a vital and necessary force in society."

Ninety organizations were awarded $2,120,000 in grants for residencies, from large and established artist colonies to small and up-and-coming residency programs. In the Artist Communities category, 44 grants were awarded totaling $725,000; in Dance, $210,000 was awarded to 5 residency programs; in Museums, $110,000 was awarded to 2 residency programs; in Presenting, $215,000 awarded to 8 residency programs; in Theater, $230,000 awarded to 5 residency programs; and in Visual Arts, $640,000 awarded to 24 residency programs. Of the 90 grants, 43 went to the Alliance and its member organizations, totaling $1,055,000.

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

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

Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Woodside, CA
$25,000

Headlands Center for the Arts
Sausalito, CA          
$35,000

International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology
Oakland, CA
$10,000

Kala Institute
Berkeley, CA
$10,000

Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Point Reyes Station, CA
$10,000

Montalvo Association
Saratoga, CA
$15,000

Coyote School (aka Elsewhere Studios)
Paonia, CO
$10,000

Atlantic Center for the Arts, Inc.
New Smyrna Beach, FL
$25,000

Bakehouse Art Complex, Inc.
Miami, FL
$10,000

 South Florida Art Center, Inc. (aka ArtCenter South Florida)          
Miami, FL          
$20,000

Hyde Park Art Center          
Chicago, IL          
$20,000

Ragdale Foundation
Lake Forest, IL
$20,000

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

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Inc. (aka FAWC)
Provincetown, MA
$25,000

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Inc. (aka Skowhegan)
Madison, ME
$35,000

Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Inc. (aka The Anderson Center)
Red Wing, MN
$10,000

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

Camargo Foundation
Saint Paul, MN
$15,000

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

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

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

Bates College, President and Trustees of (on behalf of Bates Dance Festival)          
Lewiston, ME          
$40,000

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

Elsewhere, Inc (aka Elsewhere)          
Greensboro, NC          
$25,000 

Penland School of Crafts, Inc. (aka Penland School of Crafts)          
Penland, NC          
$20,000

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (aka Bemis Center)
Omaha, NE
$25,000

MacDowell Colony, Inc. (aka The MacDowell Colony)
Peterborough, NH
$35,000

Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, Inc. (aka The Clemente)
New York, NY
$10,000

Light Work Visual Studies, Inc. (aka Light Work)          
Syracuse, NY          
$50,000

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

Mount Tremper Arts, Inc. (aka Mount Tremper Arts)          
Mount Tremper, NY          
$20,000

National Parks Arts Foundation          
Santa Fe, NM          
$10,000

Roswell Artist-in-Residence Foundation (aka RAiR)
Roswell, NM
$15,000

Sculpture Space, Inc. (aka Sculpture Space)          
Utica, NY          
$15,000

Wave Farm Inc. (aka Wave Farm)
Acra, NY
$10,000

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

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

Playa
Summer Lake, OR
$10,000

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

Sundance Children's Theatre Inc. (aka Sundance Institute Theatre Program)          
Park City, UT          
$70,000

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

Guilford Performance Lab Inc (aka Vermont Performance Lab)          
Guilford, VT          
$50,000

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

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

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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.