MEMPHIS, TN (April 24, 2013) – Four Memphis arts groups – ArtsMemphis, Opera Memphis, Soulsville Foundation, and Binghampton Development Corporation – have received $135,000 in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, which is nearly half of the total sum given by the NEA to arts organizations throughout Tennessee.
The NEA awarded these grants to the four Memphis arts groups based on their contributions to create vibrant communities and “memorable opportunities for the public to engage with the arts.’’
The local arts groups are among 817 nonprofit organizations throughout the nation that received the NEA Art Works grants that total $26.3 million and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.
“It is thrilling to see the NEA recognize and support the valuable, innovative work that is happening in the arts and culture in Memphis,” said Susan Schadt, President & CEO of ArtsMemphis. “These awards will advance the vitality of our neighborhoods and provide meaningful opportunities for education and engagement with the arts.”
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.