The National Endowment for the Arts announced today the recipients of its first major round of grants for 2018. The agency will award 936 grants, totaling more than $25 million, to organizations in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. These grants are for specific projects that range from performances and exhibitions to arts education programs and artist residencies.
“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States,” said NEA chair Jane Chu. “These NEA-supported projects are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives. At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities, and connections the arts bring.”
Among the organizations receiving funding from Art Works grants, the NEA’s largest funding category, are the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage; the Los Angeles LGBT Center; the Denver Art Museum; ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, SculptureCenter, and Danspace Project, New York.
The NEA will also award Challenge America grants to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are being provided to the Ozark Foothills FilmFest in Locust Grove, Arkansas, to support its annual festival showcasing independent, narrative, and documentary films; VSA Florida in Tampa to support dance performances and outreach activities conducted by artists with disabilities; the San Diego Museum Council, Inc. to support a county-wide initiative to encourage children to attend museums; and New Mexico Literary Arts to support the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project.