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NEA Awards $1.24M to Folk and Traditional Arts Agencies

Monday, February 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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In the first of two major grant cycles for the fiscal year 2018, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded over $25 million in grants to arts nonprofit organizations around the country, including $1.24 million awarded specifically to organizations working in the field of Folk and Traditional Arts.


Among the Folk and Traditional Arts grant recipients are:

  • Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Inc. (aka CTMD)
    $35,000 to support Community Cultural Initiatives.
  • City of Tarpon Springs, Florida (on behalf of City of Tarpon Springs Cultural and Civic Services Department)
    $20,000 to support the Cultural and Civic Services Department's completion of a video documentary about the Greek community of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and related programming.
  • Folkstreams, Inc.
    $25,000 to support
  • Historical Association of Southern Florida, Inc. (aka HistoryMiami Museum)
    $35,000 to support artists residencies, public programming, and a festival at the HistoryMiami Museum.
  • Humanities Washington
    $30,000 to support the documentation and presentation of folk and traditional arts of Washington State.
  • Indiana University and Traditional Arts Indiana
    $35,000 to support a survey about the effects of traditional arts on aging and related programming.
  • International Storytelling Association (aka International Storytelling Center)
    $30,000 to support Storytelling Live!, a series of residencies for master storytellers.
  • Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education
    $30,000 to support a series of workshops and a journal about incorporating folk arts in the classroom.
  • Lowell Festival Foundation (aka Lowell Folk Festival)
    $35,000 to support the Lowell Folk Festival.
  • Michigan State University (aka MSU Community Music School-Detroit) (on behalf of Michigan State University Museum)
    $30,000 to support the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeships and Heritage Awards Program at the Michigan State University Museum.
  • Museum at Eldridge Street
    $20,000 to support the Egg Rolls & Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival.
  • National Council for the Traditional Arts (aka NCTA)
    $50,000 to support the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, Maryland.
  • Philadelphia Folklore Project
    $30,000 to support a series of performances, artist residencies, and field work projects.
  • Sones de Mexico Ensemble (aka Sones de Mexico)
    $30,000 to support a performance and songwriting workshop series.
  • Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, Inc. (aka TAUNY)
    $20,000 to support "Instrumental Stories," an exhibit about North Country folk instrument making and collecting.
  • Tulane University (aka Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund)
    $50,000 to support supplemental features for the radio show "American Routes."
  • University of Virginia (on behalf of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)
    $25,000 to support the work of a digital media specialist and the state folklorist (director) at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
  • Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (aka Washington State Parks)
    $20,000 to support the Folk & Traditional Arts in the Parks program.
  • Western Folklife Center
    $35,000 to support the archiving of recordings of early Cowboy Poetry Gatherings and field research.


Congratulations to all grant recipients!!


For a full list of recipients, view the NEA grant announcement PDF.

For more information, visit the NEA's grant announcement from February 7, 2018.

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