Each year, more than 4,500 communities large and small throughout the United States benefit from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants to nonprofits. For the NEA’s first of two major grant announcements of fiscal year 2018, more than $25 million in grants across all artistic disciplines will be awarded to nonprofit organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. These grants are for specific projects and range from performances and exhibitions, to healing arts and arts education programs, to festivals and artist residencies.

10 Arizona arts programs were awarded $152,500 in this round of grantmaking. Arizona recipients include:

A $35,000 grant to Hopi School (Hotevilla) will support arts, culture, and language learning activities for Hopi students. A $12,500 grant to the Musical Instrument Museum (Phoenix) to support museum programming, attendance, and educational activities for foster children and foster families. A $20,000 grant to the Loft Cinema (Tucson) for the 2018 Loft Film Fest and related public programming. A $20,000 grant to Many Mouths One Stomach (Tucson) to support the All Souls Procession, and accompanying engagement activities. A $10,000 grant to West Valley Arts Council (Surprise) for supporting the creation and installation of permanent public art works through the Gallery 37 program.

“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,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities, and connections the arts bring.”

Grant categories awarded include:

  • Art Works, the NEA’s largest funding category–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.
  • Challenge America features NEA support for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. A number of grantees have a history of support in both the Challenge America and Art Works categories.

Arizona Grantees

Hopi School (aka Hopitutuqaiki)
Grant Amount: $35,000
Location: Hotevilla, AZ
Category: Art Works — Folk & Traditional Arts
To support learning opportunities for Hopi students in arts, culture, and language.

City of Litchfield Park, Arizona (aka City of Litchfield Park) (on behalf of Community and Recreation Services Department (Special Events))
Grant Amount: $10,000
Location: Litchfield Park, AZ
Category: Challenge America
To support the Litchfield Park Native American Fine Arts Festival.

Musical Instrument Museum (aka MIM)
Grant Amount: $12,500
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Category: Art Works — Music
To support a program for foster children and foster families that offers access to the Musical Instrument Museum along with attendance at musical performances and participation in workshops and other educational activities.

Red Rocks Music Festival
Grant Amount: $10,000
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Category: Challenge America
To support the Winter Chamber Music Institute, a week-long series of master classes and performances featuring guest artists.

West Valley Arts Council
Grant Amount: $10,000
Location: Surprise, AZ
Category: Challenge America
To support the creation and installation of permanent public art works through the Gallery 37 program.

Childsplay, Inc. (aka Childsplay)
Grant Amount: $10,000
Location: Tempe, AZ
Category: Art Works — Theater
To support the premiere of “Maddi’s Fridge.”

Borderlands Theater Teatro Fronterizo, Inc. (aka Borderlands Theater)
Grant Amount: $10,000
Location: Tucson, AZ
Category: Art Works — Theater
To support the development and premiere of “Sanctuary” by Milta Ortiz.

Loft Cinema, Inc. (aka Loft Cinema)
Grant Amount: $20,000
Location: Tucson, AZ
Category: Art Works — Media Arts
To support the 2018 Loft Film Fest and related public programming.

Many Mouths One Stomach (aka MMOS/All Souls)
Grant Amount: $20,000
Location: Tucson, AZ
Category: Art Works — Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support the All Souls Procession, and accompanying engagement activities.

Tucson Symphony Society (aka Tucson Symphony Orchestra)
Grant Amount: $15,000
Location: Tucson, AZ
Category: Art Works — Arts Education
To support the Young Composers Project, a music composition program.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.

Click here for a complete listing of NEA grants.

Banner photo: Loft Cinema, Tucson.