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Grants

When Les Waters directed Big Love by Charles Mee at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2000, he couldn’t have foreseen that he would one day manage the direction of the festival itself. The British-born Waters was named artistic director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2011,...
"[A]rtists interested in socially-engaged work should give before expecting to receive, which they can do by sharing what they are genuinely passionate about." -- Gayle Isa While many arts organizations can claim to be located in certain neighborhoods, not all of them can claim to...
Although just six miles apart, the Pioneer Playhouse operates in more or less a separate universe from the Northpoint Training Center, a medium-security prison in Burgin, Kentucky. But while the forces of separation are thick, Robby Henson has found a way to penetrate the prison’s walls: art...
“A lot of people have this attitude about rural spaces that culture doesn't exist there, that for some reason these artists are the people who are bringing the culture to the region. Of course, it couldn't be further from the truth. What our work is about and what these artists are doing there is...
There’s community theater, and then there’s Michael Rohd’s version of community theater. As head of the ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre , founded in 1999 in Portland, Oregon, Rohd isn’t satisfied with traditional notions of community actors or post-show talkbacks. Instead,...
When it comes to the power of performance space, jazz vocalist Ruth Price could more or less write the book. She spent her career singing at legendary jazz venues such as Birdland, the Village Vanguard, the Black Orchid, and Shelley’s Manne Hole, accommodating her performance to the...
What if the visual and aural worlds collided, and we were able to listen to dance and watch radio? What would it look like? How would it sound? As one of 1,083 grants announced today, the Monica Bill Barnes & Company contemporary dance troupe will continue its collaboration with Ira Glass, host...
One of the neatest things about working at the NEA is seeing how many different ways a dollar can be transformed into art. For instance, the $4.725 million we awarded to our 2013 Our Town grantees will eventually be turned into a mural festival in Honolulu, public opera programs in Nashville, and a...
As we recently announced our newest round of NEA Our Town grants to support creative placemaking projects across the country, we thought it would be fitting to take a look back at one of the projects that received support when the program debuted in 2011. In that inaugural round of funding, the...
One of the aspects I enjoy most about being a member of the National Council on the Arts is reading through all of the grants recommended by the panels for our vote. I am impressed by the abundance of art happening in the United States. As a painter and watercolorist I was excited when I read of...

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