2011-12-14 / Features

Queens Council On The Arts Receives NEA Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced on November 29 that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. Queens Council on the Arts is one of the grantees and will receive $30,000 to provide local artists with professional skill building workshops and training through the Artist Empowerment Initiative (AEI).

The initiative is an artistic development program that strengthens and develops the professional careers of Queens-based artists and the capacity of arts organizations. These activities include: workshops, bootcamps, mixers and special events which are designed to foster connections among 350 artists and the community borough-wide.

“Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA,” said Landesman. “And I’m pleased to see that principle represented through the 823 Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.”

Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, QCA Executive Director stated, “We are grateful to have such a supportive partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. I am looking forward to seeing our artist communities thrive.”

In March 2011, the NEA received 1,686 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $84 million in funding. The resulting funding rate of 49 percent of eligible applications reflects both the significant demand for support and the ongoing vitality of the not-for-profit arts community despite current financial challenges. Art Works grants are awarded based on the applications received by the NEA and how those applications are assessed by the review panels.

The 863 grant awards total $22,543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, visit www.arts.gov. For more information on the Queens Council on the Arts, visit www.queenscouncilarts.org.

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