NEA Grants Workshops in New York and Illinois

On May 15, U.S. Representative Randy Kuhl of New York's 29th District hosted an NEA grants workshop in Elmira, New York. Held at Elmira College, approximately 60 representatives from local arts organizations participated in the workshop, led by NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Eileen Mason.

Congressman Kuhl also announced that the Corning Museum of Glass was awarded an NEA Challenge America grant of $10,000 to support the translation of the museum's audio guides into Spanish and Mandarin.

Mason also traveled to Peoria, Illinois, for a July 7 grants workshop in Illinois's 18th District, hosted by U.S. Representative Ray LaHood. More than 150 participants from local arts agencies convened at the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences for the workshop, led by Mason and Patrice Walker Powell, NEA Director of Local Arts Agencies and Challenge America.

Congressman LaHood cited the importance of the arts as a way of drawing people to a community and creating more opportunities within that community.

At each workshop, participants learned the process of applying for an Arts Endowment grant, including eligibility requirements and deadlines, and opportunities for future participation in NEA initiatives.