NEA Awards 1,071 Grants Totaling $80.5 Million

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Image from the NEA motion graphic: National Endowment for the Arts Grant Process.
Image from the NEA motion graphic: National Endowment for the Arts Grant Process.

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced $80.5 million in the second round of funding for FY2018. A total of 1,071 grants have been awarded in the categories of Art Works, Creativity Connects, Our Town, and Research: Art Works for projects that will, as the press release states “support programs that provide jobs to artists, administrators, and other creative workers and arts experiences for millions of people.”

Christian Siriano on view at SCAD FASH in Atlanta through October 9

A total of $23.4 million was awarded in the largest category, Art Works, which focuses on funding the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and strengthening of communities through the arts. The first round of grants for FY2018 was announced in February 2018 and totaled $25 million. Other awards will be made in the coming months.

Here are some of the Southern recipients of NEA funds. The full list of grant recipients can be found here.

1708 Gallery (aka 1708 Gallery)

$40,000 Richmond, VA

To support “InLight Richmond,” a juried outdoor exhibition of light-based art.

Art Papers, Inc. (aka Art Papers)

$40,000 Atlanta, GA

To support content development for the print and online presentation of “Art Papers” magazine and related public programming.

Auburn University Main Campus

$40,000 Auburn, AL

To support the Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project.


$30,000 Houston, TX

To support writer fees, travel and related expenses to produce and present art reviews and articles for the Glasstire website.

Paradise Garden Foundation Inc (aka Paradise Garden)

$55,000 Summerville, GA

To support the restoration and conservation of the World Folk Art Church by artist Howard Finster (1916-2001).

Space One Eleven, Inc. (aka Space One Eleven (SOE)

$15,000 Birmingham, AL

To support an exhibition of sculpture by women artists.

Visual Arts Center of Richmond (aka VisArts)

$20,000 Richmond, VA

To support the Artistic Fellowship Program.

Elsewhere, Inc

$32,000 Greensboro, NC

To support artist residencies connecting artists with nursing students and faculty in partnership with Union Square Campus.

Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc.

$50,000 Atlanta, GA

To support cultural performances, community-created art work, and an art festival along the Buford Highway Corridor in Doraville, Georgia.

Arkansas Arts Center Foundation (aka Arkansas Arts Center)

$50,000 Little Rock, AR

To support the conservation of art works by John Marin.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (aka Crystal Bridges)

$40,000 Bentonville, AR

To support the exhibition and related programming for “Native North America.”

Hunter Museum of Art

$10,000 Chattanooga, TN

To support ArtSense, a collection of initiatives expanding accessibility through multisensory experiences.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Inc. (aka Ogden Museum of Southern Art)

$20,000 New Orleans, LA

To support the exhibition “New Southern Photography,” and an accompanying catalogue.

Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc. (on behalf of High Museum of Art)

$65,000 Atlanta, GA

To support the exhibition and an accompanying catalogue, “Putting Something Over Something Else: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series.”

University of Georgia (on behalf of Georgia Museum of Art)

$30,000 Athens, GA

To support the Georgia Museum of Art’s exhibition, “Richard Hunt: Synthesis,” and an accompanying catalogue.

Funding for state and local art agencies, which distribute funds to nonprofits in their regions, were also announced. They include:

County of Fulton, Georgia (on behalf of Fulton County Arts Council)

$75,000 Atlanta, GA

To support the the creation of a new county-wide public art master plan.

Kirsten Stolle's Only You Can Prevent A Forest on view at Halsey Institute through Dec 10, 2022

Good Work Network (aka Good Work Network)

$50,000 New Orleans, LA

To support Roux Carré, an artist residency program and professional development training based in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans.

Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Council for the Arts

$746,850 Atlanta, GA

Virginia Commission for the Arts

$709,500 Richmond, VA

South Carolina Arts Commission

$800,300 Columbia, SC

South Dakota Arts Council

$784,300 Pierre, SD

Tennessee Arts Commission

$790,000 Nashville, TN

North Carolina Arts Council

$957,200 Raleigh, NC

Kentucky Arts Council

$705,945 Frankfort, KY

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