National Endowment for the Arts Awards more than $27.6 Million Across Nation

Clubs and Organizations

December 11, 2015

From: Creative 360

Midland, MI---In its first 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. Today, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round for fiscal year 2016, including a Challenge America award of $10,000 to Creative 360 to support Express Yourself Artshop.
The Challenge America category supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Challenge America grants are comparatively small investments that have a big impact in their communities.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "The arts are part of our everyday lives no matter who you are or where you live they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from Creative 360 offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day."
"We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from the NEA for this and other programs offered by Creative 360," said Carol Rumba, executive director. "Their support not only helps us extend our reach in the community, it helps us continue our quality programming."
This grant supports Creative 360's Express Yourself Artshop that provides arts programming to people of all abilities, and especially to those with mental, intellectual, and physical challenges. Invited artists will work with Artshop's art, drama, music, and dance teachers to assist participants in creating visual art and performance works that will be shared in a culminating exhibition and performance showcase.
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