¡CityArts! Receives NEA Grant to Support Arts Learning

Providence, RI, November 30, 2012 --(PR.com)-- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. ¡CityArts! is recommended for a $35,000 grant to support year-round, after-school and summer arts learning in a variety of disciplines that offer urban youth time to practice and create in studios with professional artist mentors.

"I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth," said Chairman Landesman. "These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs."

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

About Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth: Each year, ¡CityArts! provides over 1500 urban at-risk youth between ages 8 and 14 free access to quality arts learning experiences in visual art and design, music, dance, theatre, and creative writing in afterschool and summer programs and artist residences. ¡CityArts!’s mission is to ensure that our capital city’s most challenged youth have access to quality arts programs—unhindered by socio-economic barriers. ¡CityArts! celebrates the arts as a means to youth empowerment, community building, and social change. Programming takes place in ¡CityArts! Broad Street Community Art Center and in partnership with schools, libraries, and social service agencies citywide.
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Jenn Bratovich