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2016 NEA Grants Provide Over $1M in Support to Guild Members

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May 17, 2016

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced its spring 2016 grant awards, and the National Guild’s membership is strongly represented amongst the grantees. Our dynamic membership received over $1 million in monetary support for programs ranging from multidisciplinary arts residencies in public schools to celebrations of cultural heritage through Dia de los Muertos projects.

Some of the 2016 grantees include:

  • American Festival for the Arts, Houston, TX$15,000 to support AFA's flagship Summer Music Conservatory. The program provides intensive musical learning and performing opportunities for 450+ K-12 students from over 120 elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the region.
  • Artists Working in Education, Milwaukee, WI—$50,000 to support MKE Plays' community-based park design and artwork creation. The City of Milwaukee and Artists Working in Education will partner to support neighborhoods in creating a vision for their park spaces that reflects the social and cultural assets of the community.
  • artworxLA, Los Angeles, CA—$30,000 to support poetry, music, design, and visual arts at alternative high schools in Los Angeles County. Students will experience arts from a series of theme-based workshops designed by partnering Los Angeles cultural institutions that correspond to their programming, collections, and exhibitions.
  • Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC—$100,000 to support implementation of the arts driven Downtown Durham SmART Corridor initiative. This project will launch permanent and temporary public art and design projects identified in the city's Vision Plan, creating a dynamic, colorful pedestrian corridor.
  • Kaufman Music Center, New York, NY— $32,000 to support the Music Program at Special Music School P.S. 859. At the school, teaching artists will provide free private instrumental lessons, performance opportunities, and classes in theory, music history, and chorus.
  • Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Pasadena, CA—$12,000 to support the Young Musicians program at Jefferson Elementary, a Title I school in the Pasadena Unified School District. The program supports the school's commitment to arts education by expanding the existing music program offerings.
  • Say Sí, San Antonio, TX—$15,000 to support student projects made for the organization’s 10th annual Muertitos Fest, a three-day Día de los Muertos Festival. Through these projects middle and high school students in SAY Si's tuition-free multidisciplinary program will create work related to "Dia de los Muertos" (Day of the Dead) cultural traditions.
  • Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA—$45,000 to support Kaleidoscope Pre-Kindergarten Arts Enrichment Program, a music, dance, and visual arts-integrated Head Start program. The program is offered tuition-free at two Settlement branches in Philadelphia to preschool through kindergarten-age children from low-income families.
  • Thurnauer School of Music, Tenafly, NJ—$40,000 to support its Music Discovery Partnership program. The JCC Thurnauer School of Music will provide music instruction to students in Englewood Public Schools, giving them the opportunity to study music with Thurnauer’s outstanding professional and artistic faculty.
  • Urban Gateways, Chicago, IL—$40,000 to support multidisciplinary arts residencies in Chicago Public Schools. Meetings and regular consultations with school administrators and teachers are held to develop arts experiences for the students that align school and classroom goals including field trips or live performances and an arts integrated curriculum.
  • Wheaton College Community School of the Arts, Wheaton, IL—$10,000 to support their Community Outreach for Developing Artists (CODA) program. Through the CODA program, pre-school and kindergarten students learn basic music skills, and elementary school students receive Suzuki string or recorder instruction from CSA staff at no cost.


Guild members continue to inspire with their commitment to vibrant arts education, and we congratulate all of the grantees!

Did your organization receive an NEA grant? Let us know and we will add your organization to our list.

This resource brought to you by the National Guild for Community Arts Education. www.nationalguild.org