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NEA awards nearly $1 million to Montana organizations

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced $80.4 million for 1,114 new awards across the U.S., including $988,700 to Montana. This is the Art Endowment’s second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2019, and these awards continue the Arts Endowment’s commitment as the only arts funder reaching the entire country.

Awards from this round of funding come from four categories: Art Works II, Our Town, state and regional partnerships and Research: Art Works, plus a renewal in NEA Research Labs. 

 “Reflecting the diverse artistic richness of our nation, these Arts Endowment-funded projects are varied in their size, scope, and artistic discipline,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The projects also illustrate the unique geographic reach of Arts Endowment funding, serving Americans in places large and small in all corners of the country.”

Montana recipients are:

• Montana State University, Bozeman: $30,000 to support Montana Shakespeare in the Parks’ touring productions of William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Part I” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”

• Art Mobile of Montana (aka Art Mobile), Dillon: $20,000 for its statewide traveling exhibition and visual arts education program.

• Friends of Big Sky Education (aka Warren Miller Performing Arts Center), Big Sky: $25,000 to support the creation of a multidisciplinary performance work for chamber choir and film at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center.

• Montana Arts Council, Helena: $808,700 to support arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out the agency’s National Endowment for the Arts-approved strategic plan.

• Montana Office of Public Instruction (aka OPI), Helena: $45,000 to support Montana Teacher Leaders in the Arts, a professional development project.

• Big Sky Film Institute, Missoula: $20,000 to support the Big Sky DocShop conference.

• International Choral Festival, Missoula: $10,000 to support the International Choral Festival.

• MCT, Inc.: $30,000 to support Missoula Children’s Theatre’s national performing arts residency program.

For more on NEA grant programs, head to arts.gov.

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