NEA, NEH chiefs visits Austin; NEA announces grants

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Norman Bel Geddes, rendering of King Lear's throne, circa 1917 from the upcoming exhibit "Shakespeare in Print and Performance" at the Ransom Center. The center receives NEH funding for its exhibits.
Both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities turn 50 this year.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act into law in 1969.
So it was fitting that both NEA chair Jane Chu and the NEH chair William D. Adams made a visit to the LBJ Library & Museum Monday for a public conversation.
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NEH chair William D. Adams and NEA chair Jane Chu in the Presidential Suite at the LBJ Library and Museum.

If federal funding for the humanities and arts in the United States is minimal compared to most other developed nations (annual arts funding is currently at 47 cents per person), Chu said the NEA is appreciate of being able to hold its funding steady in the last year and can still be effective.
“We have an ability to be a catalyst — to bring in other funding, to bring people together, projects together,” said Chu. ” That way of leveraging is a very good return on our investment.”

Today, the NEA announced its first round of 2016 funding with $27.7 million going to 1,126 projects.

Austin grant recipients are:
  • Austin Film Society, $45,000: To support the presentation of several curated film and video series.
  • Zach Theatre, $40,000: To support a production of “Tribes” by Nina Raine.
  • Creative Action, $35,000: To support the Creative Action after school and teen programs.
  • Fusebox Festival, $25,000: To support the multidisciplinary performance group Big Dance Theatre and a site specific work by composer Steve Parker.
  • Women & Their Work, $20,000: To support a series of solo exhibitions for emerging women artists of Texas.
  • Great Promise for American Indians, $10,000: To support the Texas American Indian Heritage Day and Austin Powwow.

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