National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to Celebrity Series of Boston for the Neighborhood Arts program in 2018-19, including activities led by composer/percussionists Ryan Edwards and Maria Finkelmeier and by the Soul Yatra trio (pictured above), comprised of Mike Block (cello), Sandeep Das (tabla), and Shaw Pong Liu (violin/erhu).
The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Celebrity Series of Boston, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”
Neighborhood Arts engages Boston area performing artists to bring the joy of live performance to people of all ages and abilities. Drawing deeply on partnerships with community organizations, Neighborhood Arts activates neighborhoods with a rich and varied array of opportunities, including interactive workshops for youth, free community concerts in neighborhood venues, and free tickets to Celebrity Series main stage performances.
Neighborhood Arts is part of Celebrity Series Arts for All! community programs, which engage people of all ages and backgrounds in youth-focused workshops and residencies, master classes, free and discounted concert tickets, and public events open to the entire community that harness the creative energy of the performing arts to build thriving communities and cultivate the next generation of artists and audiences.
“Across all of our programming, Celebrity Series seeks to manifest our vision that the arts are for everyone—on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods—everywhere. We are proud to receive continued support from the National Endowment for the Arts for Neighborhood Arts, and honored to be in the company of 39 organizations across Massachusetts that have received NEA funding in this grant cycle.”
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news. Learn more about Neighborhood Arts at https://www.celebrityseries.org/live-performances/neighborhood-arts/.