NEA awards eight grants to Montana organizations
The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced more than $27 million in grants, as part of its continuing effort to provide all Americans with the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts. These fiscal year 2019 grants, including eight to Montana organizations, will reach all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
This is the first of two major grant announcements in fiscal year 2019 and includes three of the agency’s funding categories: Art Works and Challenge America to support projects by nonprofit organizations, and Creative Writing Fellowships. Through these grants, the National Endowment for the Arts supports local economies and preserves American heritage while embracing new forms of creative expression.
“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the NEA.
The eight grants, totaling $110,000, include:
• Alberta Bair Theater in Billings: $10,000 to support a series of concert performances and related educational activities.
• Billings Cultural Partners (aka The Writer’s Voice): $10,000 to support the High Plains BookFest, a literary festival held each October.
• Billings Symphony Society (aka Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale): $10,000 for symphony performances and educational outreach in honor of Black History Month and the 60th anniversary of the founding of Motown Records.
• Intermountain Opera Association of Bozeman: $10,000 to support a production of Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky with associated community engagement activities.
• Archie Bray Foundation in Helena: $25,000 to support a visiting artist program in ceramics.
• Helena Presents (aka The Myrna Loy): $20,000 to support the presentation of new and existing works at the Myrna Loy Center.
• Missoula Writing Collaborative: $15,000 to support creative writing residencies for students.
• Whitefish Theatre Co.: $10,000 to support music performances by guest artists WOW (Women of the World).
Photo: The award-winning a cappella quartet Women of the World performed March 22 at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish, and offered a free outreach concert to students and seniors, with funding support from the NEA.