These Arizona Arts Organizations Just Won NEA Grants

Entrance to the Phoenix Art Museum.
Entrance to the Phoenix Art Museum. Lynn Trimble
The National Endowment for the Arts recently awarded nearly $1.3 million in grants to Arizona arts organizations. The NEA is a federal agency established in 1965 to increase citizen access and participation in arts and culture.

The largest grant, for $100,000, was awarded to Arizona State University for a new creative placemaking fellows program.

That’s being created through a partnership between Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and a national organization called the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, which uses the arts to facilitate civic engagement in communities.

Other recipients include the city of Phoenix, on behalf of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. That $30,000 grant will support collaborative projects designed to increase community and cultural engagement with youth.

Previous Ballet Under the Stars performance. - ROSALIE O'CONNOR
Previous Ballet Under the Stars performance.
Rosalie O'Connor
Five nonprofits based in metro Phoenix were also awarded funding as part of the NEA’s spring 2017 grant cycle. Here’s the rundown on those awards, which altogether total $100,000.

Act One received $10,000 to help fund arts and cultural field trips for students from Title I schools. The organization helps low-income students experience visual and performing arts.

Ballet Arizona received $20,000 to support Ballet Under the Stars, its annual series of free ballet performances at local parks and outdoor cultural venues.

Phoenix Art Museum received $45,000 to support an upcoming exhibition of 45 works by Brazilian artist Valeska Soares, plus related public programs. The exhibition opens in March 2018.

Release the Fear received $15,000 to present workshops for youth. The organization uses art to help youth from underserved communities explore issue such as bullying and peer pressure.

West Valley Arts Council received $10,000 for three performing arts series designed to introduce audiences to local music and theater performance.

click to enlarge Performance by True Concord Voices and Orchestra of Tucson. - MICHAEL STULTZBACH
Performance by True Concord Voices and Orchestra of Tucson.
Michael Stultzbach
Six Tucson programs, including two affiliated with the University of Arizona and two affiliated with Southwest Folklife Alliance, were awarded a total of $165,000.

Other recipients include the International Sonoran Desert Alliance in Ajo, the Nogales Unified School District #1, and the Wickenburg Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Arizona Commission on the Arts, one of 56 NEA affiliates, was awarded $821,600 for NEA-supported activities.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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