In its first 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. Today, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $15,000 to NURTUREart to support their Exhibitions program.
The Art Works category supports 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.
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 the one from NURTUREart offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”
The NEA grant will be used to support exhibitions by emerging contemporary artists and curators, as well as Single Channel, a video art festival held at Anthology Film Archives in the spring of 2016. NEA funds will also aid in the production of NURTUREart’s Muse Fuse lecture series and the gallery’s year-long calendar of one-night events, performances and screenings. Exhibiting artists, curators and lecturers will receive stipends, technical and curatorial assistance, and the opportunity to develop ancillary programming to further engage the public.
NURTUREart’s Executive Director and Curator, Marco Antonini was delighted by the news: “This endorsement of the consistent quality and relevance of our Exhibitions, Muse Fuse and Special Events programming comes at an important time in the organization’s life. We accept our first NEA Art Works grant with deep gratitude. It is a vote of confidence in our overall direction that will allow us to sustain our commitment to supporting emerging artists and curators.”
NURTUREart works at the intersection of art, curatorial practice and education. Through our core programming, we support outstanding and provocative ideas in their early stages, helping underrepresented artists and curators, as well as NYC youth, take bold steps forward while promoting diversity in making, talking and sharing contemporary art. Above all, we value professionalism and accessibility while engaging broad, inter-generational audiences and encouraging their participation.
To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEAFall15. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov. For more information on NURTUREart and our unique programming, please visit our website at www.nurtureart.org.