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NEA awards $695K to 22 Seattle arts groups

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced $695,000 in grants to 22 Seattle arts groups for fiscal year 2011.

Among the local recipients: The 5th Avenue Theatre ($60,000 to support a production of Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!); Artist Trust ($30,000 to support career training and resources to artists throughout Washington state); Arts Corps ($55,000 to support the Teen Artist Program, which provides Seattle-area youth afterschool advanced arts classes); Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas ($20,000 to support a performing arts series featuring African American artists); 4Culture ($35,000 for the Site-Specific program, which supports the creation and presentation of visual and performance art in non-traditional settings throughout King County); Freehold Theatre ($20,000 to support a production of Shakespeare’s Pericles that will tour to culturally underserved communities); Seattle Symphony Orchestra ($50,000 to support ACCESS, an outreach performance and education program for underserved communities).

See the full list of funded Washington state arts organizations on the NEA’s website. In all, the NEA invested more than $88 million awarded through 1,145 grants to not-for-profit, national, regional, state and local organizations nationwide. The Washington State Arts Commission received $891,200 through the NEA’s partnership grants, which supports state and regional arts organizations.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “NEA research shows that three out of four Americans participate in the arts. The diverse, innovative, and exceptional projects funded in this round will ensure that Americans around the country continue to have the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts.”