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National Endowment for the Arts Announces Recovery Grants to State and Regional Arts Agencies


Washington, D.C. - The National Endowment for the Arts today announced $19.8 million in one-time grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) to the state arts agencies and regional arts organizations to support the arts sector of the economy. Potential recipients include organizations in the performing, visual, and literary arts. Please see the complete list of grants.

"We applaud the ready response demonstrated by our national, state, and regional partners to support the arts," said NEA Acting Chairman Patrice Walker Powell. "We look forward to witnessing the positive impact of this funding opportunity."

The NEA’s state and regional partners will invest their Recovery funds in projects that assist arts organizations in retaining critical staff as well as artists and other contractual personnel. These critical staff will enhance the ability of arts organizations to realize their artistic and public service goals. State and regional agencies will mirror the NEA’s Recovery grant program and adapt their programs to respond to the particular needs of their constituents.

In July, the Arts Endowment will announce a second category of NEA Recovery grants, one-time direct grants to nonprofit arts organizations including local arts agencies, statewide assemblies of local arts agencies, arts service organizations, and other arts organizations. These grants will support the nonprofit arts sector, which has seen declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn.

The NEA Web site offers a Recovery page at with updates on Recovery grants, agency reports, and other information.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts -- both new and established -- bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest annual national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. For more information, please visit

Since the NEA was established, it has worked in partnership with the 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies and six multi-state regional arts organizations to meet the Arts Endowment’s goal of bringing the arts to all Americans. This dynamic relationship has resulted in an exemplary record of growth for the arts, stimulating an extraordinary economic impact in communities throughout the country. As required by the NEA’s legislation, forty percent of all grantmaking funds are designated for these partner agencies.

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