Aiken, Spartanburg SCAC grantees receive new NEA awards
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that a total of $30,000 is heading to two South Carolina grantees among the FY18 award recipients – both of whom the S.C. Arts Commission is happy to assist with operating support grants of its own.
Each year, more than 4,500 communities large and small throughout the U.S. benefit from 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.
“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 (right). “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 Awards in S.C.
The Aiken Music Festival (Joye in Aiken
) is the recipient of a $10,000 Challenge America grant
to support the "Joye in Aiken" music festival
and its related educational activities
. Founded in 2008 under the name Juilliard in Aiken, Joye in Aiken is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the best in the performing arts available to our citizens, and especially our students. In 2016, Joye was recipient of the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award for its educational outreach program, now being recognized by the new NEA grant.
Hub City Writers Project
is to receive a $20,000 Art Works grant
for literature in support of the publication and promotion of books of fiction and poetry. Since 1995, the Hub City Writers Project
has published 80 titles and 700 writers, established an independent bookstore, and provided creative writing education to thousands. Hub City Writers Project was awarded the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award in the arts organization category in 2002.
Welcome to South Carolina, Dr. Jane Chu!
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dr. Jane Chu is visiting South Carolina to speak at the South Carolina Arts Alliance annual luncheon May 22 and take part in Spoleto Festival USA.
As the NEA gears up for its 50th anniversary, South Carolina residents are invited to "tell your art story" by submitting a memory, video, poem, photo, etc. to the NEA's website. Dr. Chu explains how to submit your story: