National Endowment for the Arts Awards $25 M. in Grants

Danh Vo’s She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene (2009) will be on view at the Guggenheim Museum as part of the artist’s retrospective, which was partly funded by a NEA grant.


The National Endowment of the Arts announced a new batch of grants, with 936 arts organizations across America receiving aid from the federal agency. In total, $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.”

Some notable grantees include:

  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts: $30,000 for an exhibition about Diana Al-Hadid
  • The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston: $55,000 for an exhibition about artists addressing the American justice system
  • The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans: $40,000 for its programming featuring female artists of color
  • Electronic Arts Intermix in New York: $20,000 for its distribution services and online resources for video artists
  • The Frist Center in Nashville: $55,000 for a survey about painting in the 21st century
  • The Guggenheim Museum: $30,000 for its Danh Vo retrospective
  • The Indianapolis Museum of Art: $55,000 for an exhibition about the history of Japanese painting
  • Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: $65,000 for an exhibition and residency for the artists Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo
  • MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts: $20,000 for projects by Taryn Simon and Anya Gallaccio
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: $50,000 for its upcoming Howardena Pindell survey
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: $20,000 for an educational outreach program that seeks to reach local middle- and high-school students
  • The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts: $45,000 for its exhibition of work by T. C. Cannon
  • The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: $40,000 for its forthcoming exhibition “Rene Magritte: The Fifth Season”
  • The Seattle Art Museum: $25,000 for a three-person exhibition of work by Robert Colescott, Kerry James Marshall, and Mickalene Thomas
  • SculptureCenter in New York: $25,000 for its “In Practice” program
  • Trisha Brown Dance Company in New York: $80,000 for preserving the work of the late choreographer
  • The Wadsowrth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut: $20,000 for an exhibition about the illustrator Edward Gorey

A full list of the grantees is available on the NEA’s website.

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