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News: Georgia arts organizations receive $370,000 in NEA grants

The Atlanta Ballet has received an NEA grant to support a new work choreographed by former company dancer and choreographer Tara Lee.

The National Endowment of the Arts announced a new batch of grants, with 936 arts organizations across the country receiving aid from the federal agency. There were 21 grants awarded in Georgia, totaling $370,000. In all, $25 million worth of grant money has been awarded.

In a statement, Jane Chu, the agency’s chair, said, “It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. 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.”

A full list of grantees across the country is available on the NEA website. The grants given in Georgia are as follows:

AthFest, Inc

$10,000 Athens, GA

Art Works — Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works

To support the AthFest Music & Arts Festival and related activities.

Actors Express, Inc. (aka Actor’s Express)

$10,000 Atlanta, GA

Art Works — Theater

To support a production of Angels in America by Tony Kushner.

Atlanta Ballet, Inc. (aka Atlanta Ballet)

$15,000 Atlanta, GA

Art Works — Dance

To support a new dance work by Tara Lee, choreographer and former company member of Atlanta Ballet.

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

$15,000 Atlanta, GA

Art Works — Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works

To support Art on the Atlanta BeltLine and related activities.

Atlanta Opera

$20,000 Atlanta, GA

Art Works — Opera

To support a new production of “Out of Darkness: Two Remain” by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer.

Atlanta Shakespeare Company (aka Shakespeare Tavern)

$20,000 Atlanta, GA

Art Works — Arts Education

To support a Shakespeare theater training program for youth.

C4 Atlanta Inc

$10,000 Atlanta, GA

Art Works — Local Arts Agencies

To support Hatch, an artist-training program focused on community-based art projects.

Horizon Theatre Company, Inc. (aka Horizon Theatre Company)

$20,000 Atlanta, GA

Art Works — Theater

To support the New South Young Playwrights Festival.

Independent Media Artists of GA, Etc. Inc. (aka Atlanta Film Society)

$15,000 Atlanta, GA

Art Works — Media Arts

To support the 42nd Atlanta Film Festival and related public programming.

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Inc. (aka MOCA GA)

$40,000 Atlanta, GA

Art Works — Museums

To support the Working Artist Project, a residency program for artists in Georgia.

Reforming Arts Incorporated (aka Reforming Arts)

$15,000 Atlanta, GA

Art Works — Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works

To support arts education classes for currently and previously incarcerated women.

Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc. (on behalf of Alliance Theatre)

$30,000 Atlanta, GA

Art Works — Theater

To support the Alliance Theatre’s National Graduate Playwriting Competition.

True Colors Theatre Company, Inc. (aka Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company)

$25,000 Atlanta, GA

Art Works — Theater

To support a production of King Hedley II by August Wilson.

Rachel Longstreet Foundation Inc. (aka The Jessye Norman School of The Arts, Inc.)

$10,000 Augusta, GA

Challenge America

To support a public art project involving the installation of decorated street pianos and a series of sidewalk concerts.

Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival, Inc. (aka GMSF)

$10,000 Blairsville, GA

Challenge America

To support the annual Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival.

Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture and the Environment (aka AIR Serenbe) (on behalf of AIR Serenbe)

$10,000 Chattahoochee Hi, GA

Art Works — Artist Communities

To support AIR Serenbe Focus Fellowship residencies for spoken-word artists and related activities.

Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Inc. (aka MJCCA)

$10,000 Dunwoody, GA

Challenge America

To support an inclusive theatrical production of The Addams Family, featuring guest artist Geoffrey “Googie” Uterhardt.

Georgia Symphony Orchestra

$10,000 Marietta, GA

Challenge America

To support a sensory-friendly concert performance.

Atlanta Chinese Dance Company

$10,000 Norcross, GA

Challenge America

To support an original Chinese dance production, with a post-performance discussion and workshop.

Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc. (aka The Institute)

$25,000 Savannah, GA

Art Works — Design

To support the creation of the Patient-Centered Design Student Alliance (PCDSA), an educational initiative that prepares design students for careers at the intersection of health and design.

Savannah Music Festival, Inc. (aka Savannah Music Festival)

$40,000 Savannah, GA

Art Works — Music

To support the annual Savannah Music Festival.

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