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NEA Awards $150,000 to Arkansas Organizations

Arkansas Arts Council - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Eight grants totaling $150,000 have been awarded to Arkansas organizations from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in its first round of fiscal year 2016 funding.

In FY 2016, the NEA will award $27.7 million to support 1,126 projects in 49 states plus American Samoa, the District of Columbia, and Guam.

The following Arkansas organizations received funding through the Art Works and Challenge America grant programs. Click HERE to view the list of recipients with project descriptions and grant totals.

  • Theatre Squared, Fayetteville
  • Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville
  • Sonny Boy Blues Society, Helena/West Helena
  • Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Little Rock 
  • Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Little Rock
  • The Oxford American, Little Rock 
  • Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Locust Grove
  • John Brown University, Siloam Springs

Art Works grants focus on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

The Challenge America grant program offers $10,000 matching grants to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

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. Supporting projects like those in Arkansas offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”