U.S. Representative Phil Gingrey Hosts NEA Chairman
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Phil Gingrey, M.D. of Georgia's eleventh district today hosted a grants workshop conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for local nonprofit organizations. The workshop, held at Kennesaw State University, was part of the NEA's outreach to Georgia nonprofit organizations to inform them about federal funding opportunities and the process of applying for Arts Endowment grants.
At a news conference before the workshop, NEA Chairman Dana Gioia explained the purpose of the NEA's visit, "The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to supporting the arts in communities throughout the country. I am delighted to be here in Georgia today to encourage local arts organizations to apply for federal grants."
"It is an honor to welcome Chairman Gioia to Northwest Georgia," Congressman Gingrey said, "and to have the opportunity to demonstrate how local government, arts organizations, and private supporters are all working together to bring the arts to everyone in our community. Chairman Gioia's own commitment to programs like Shakespeare in American Communities and NEA Jazz Masters has shown that such public-private partnerships can enrich the lives of Americans of every age. Today's grants workshop will no doubt prove a tremendous resource for our arts community, and I look forward to continuing to support the growth of the arts in Northwest Georgia."
Also participating in the news conference was Kennesaw State University President Dr. Daniel S. Papp and Susan S. Weiner, Executive Director of the Georgia Council for the Arts, who spoke on the state of the arts in Georgia and the important relationship the NEA has with the state arts agencies. Forty percent of all Arts Endowment funds go to the state and regional arts agencies.
Jon Peede, NEA's Director of Literature-Grants Programs, led the grants workshop, which included a discussion of federal grant opportunities for projects that:
provide hands-on learning in the arts for children and youth (pre-K to Grade 12) in schools, arts organizations, and community centers;
help preserve cultural traditions through documentation, publications, exhibits, apprenticeships, and conservation;
provide access to the arts in underserved communities; and
involve the creation or presentation of works of art, including performances, exhibitions, and festivals.
Following the news conference, Congressman Gingrey and Chairman Gioia toured Kennesaw State University's Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, accompanied by Dr. Papp. Then both Congressman Gingrey and Chairman Gioia traveled to Marietta Square to see The Strand, Ruth Mitchell Dance Conservancy, and Theatre in the Square, and concluded their day with a visit to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
The NEA is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts - both new and established - and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest annual national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, and U.S. territories, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.
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