National Endowment for Arts Announces Second Round of Fiscal Year 2020 Funding

From the National Endowment for the Arts –

As a part of its regular grantmaking, separate from grants related to CARES Act funding, the National Endowment for the Arts announces over $84 million for 1,144 new awards to organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and each of the five U.S. territories. Grants will be awarded in 13 artistic disciplines, arts research, and partnership agreements with all U.S. state and regional arts agencies.

Applications for these recommended grants were submitted to the Arts Endowment last summer and reflected the wide range of performances, exhibitions, and activities that the agency has traditionally funded. At the end of March 2020, the listed projects were approved, followed by two months of extensive technical assistance in which agency staff worked one-on-one with hundreds of organizations to adjust their projects to meet the new reality created by the pandemic. Changes include postponing activities and taking activities virtual as the examples below illustrate. As a result of this, plus additional work related to the CARES Act, project descriptions are not being included in the grant lists accompanying this announcement. The most current information for all projects will be available on the agency’s grant search tool.

“These awards demonstrate the continued creativity and excellence of arts projects across America and the nimbleness of our nation’s arts organizations in the face of a national crisis that shuttered their doors for months,” said Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “By funding arts projects in every U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia, the National Endowment for the Arts again celebrates the opportunity to make the arts available to every corner of the country and to see how the arts can heal and unite us.”

Tennessee has received a total of 18 grants totaling $1,258,100. Grants this round support a range of activities, including::

  • International Storytelling Association
    $25,000 Jonesborough, TN Our Town – Design
  • Big Ears Festival
    $20,000 Knoxville, TN Art Works – Music
  • Dogwood Arts Festival, Inc.
    $15,000 Knoxville, TN Art Works – Music
  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    $75,000 Knoxville, TN Our Town – Design
  • Hattiloo Theatre
    $25,000 Memphis, TN Art Works – Theater
  • Indie Memphis
    $20,000 Memphis, TN Art Works – Media Arts
  • New Ballet Ensemble (aka New Ballet or NBE)
    $40,000 Memphis, TN Art Works – Arts Education
  • Opera Memphis, Inc.
    $25,000 Memphis, TN Art Works – Opera
  • Humanities Tennessee
    $20,000 Nashville, TN Art Works – Literary Arts
  • Nashville Academy Theatre and Nashville Children’s Theatre Association (aka Nashville Children’s Theatre)
    $15,000 Nashville, TN Art Works – Theater
  • Nashville Opera Association
    $25,000 Nashville, TN Art Works – Opera
  • Nashville Public Radio (aka WPLN 90.3 FM, 1430 AM)
    $15,000 Nashville, TN Art Works – Music
  • Nashville Symphony Association (aka Nashville Symphony)
    $40,000 Nashville, TN Art Works – Music
  • New Dialect
    $15,000 Nashville, TN Art Works – Dance
  • Operation Song
    $10,000 Nashville, TN Art Works – Music
  • Porch Writers’ Collective (aka The Porch)
    $10,000 Nashville, TN Art Works – Literary Arts
  • Tennessee Arts Commission
    $846,100 Nashville, TN Partnerships (State & Regional) – State & Regional
  • Vanderbilt University
    $17,000 Nashville, TN Research Grants in the Arts – Research