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NEA Awards $27 Million to Art Projects

The NEA will support the development and production of 155 theatre projects across the U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: National Endowment of the Arts chairman Mary Anne Carter has announced the recipients of Art Works Grants. Organizations in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will receive federal funding for arts projects. Overall, 1,187 grants will support these projects, totaling $27.3 million in funding.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support grants throughout the entire country that connect people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Carter in a statement. “These projects provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities.”

The NEA has awarded 25 grants that will support musical theatre projects, including a $15,000 grant to support performer fees for the world premiere production of The Bedwetter by Sarah Silverman, Joshua Harmon, and Adam Schlesinger at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City. A $40,000 grant will support East West Players’s production of Interstate, with book and lyrics by Melissa Li (also music) and Kit Yan in Los Angeles. A full list of the musical theatre grants, which totaled $470,000, can be found here.

There are 130 grants, totaling $2.7 million, that will support theatre projects across the country. Among the recipients is Baltimore Center Stage, which has been awarded $40,000 to support a production of Where We Stand by Donnetta Lavinia Grays. Cleveland Public Theatre received $15,000 to support the development and world premiere production of Breakout Session, a new play by Nikkole Salter. A full list of the selected theatre projects can be found here.

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