National Endowment for the Arts Announces $7 Million in Challenge America: Access to the Arts Grants
Awards Seek to Diversify Arts Audiences and Reach Underserved Populations
May 27, 2004
Washington, D.C. -- The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that it will award $7 million through 366 grants in its Challenge America: Access to the Arts category. These awards support projects that provide opportunities for people to experience and participate in a wide range of art forms and activities, enable arts organizations to expand and diversify their audiences, and emphasize the potential of the arts to help strengthen communities. Many of the projects extend the arts to underserved populations whose access to the arts is limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Panelists reviewed 741 Challenge America applications, requesting a total of $33 million. The NEA's budget for the year is $122.5 million.
"The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to bringing excellent art to all Americans, regardless of their location, income level, or ethnicity," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "These Challenge America: Access to the Arts grants support that goal by helping arts organizations reach new traditionally underserved audiences and strengthen communities through the power of the arts."
Challenge America: Access to the Arts project examples include:
Please see the complete listing of Challenge America grants.
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