Apply for the National Endowment for the Arts' Challenge America Fast-Track Grant

Every year, the endowment recognizes projects across the country that reach audiences and bring art programming to under-served populations in one of four categories: guest artist, cultural tourism, public art, and civic design.

Recipients are given $10,000 each.

Last year, four Arizona organizations received funding including Borderlands Theater Teatro Fronterizo, Inc., a Tucson-based theater that produced Agnes Under the Big Top, a work by Aditi Brennan Kapil that tells the story of intersecting lives of immigrants in the United States.

Cochise County Community College District (aka Cochise College) in Douglas, Arizona, organized the Creative Writing Celebration, a two-day literary conference that will welcome local authors Beth Alvarado, Denise Chavez, Cynthia Hogue, and Marge Pellegrino on March 30 and 31 at the Ethel Berger Center in Sierra Vista.

The Tucson Sino Choir presented the Arizona Chinese New Year Festival in Tucson with guests including pipa soloist Xian Zhao, guzheng soloist Yadi Jin, and dizi soloist Wang Hongliang.

And the West Valley Fine Arts Council in Surprise received funding for its Gallery 37, a youth arts employment program that will sponsor a mural in the Estrella Mountain Regional Park.

The next Challenge America Fast-Track deadline is May 24. Local organizations are encouraged to apply under guest artist, cultural tourism, public art, and civic design. An upcoming seminar will take place online on  April 18 from 3 to 4 p.m. (ET), when endowment coordinators will conduct a  grants workshop for potential Challenge America Fast-Track applicants.

Full guidelines for the application are here. More information about the National Endowment for the Arts are available on its website.

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