In other national news, this week we announced that the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded us a $25,000 grant awarded in support of our professional development programming for teachers and teaching artists. This would be big news in any event, but here it’s particularly salient, as it’s our first grant from a federal fund of any kind.
According to the announcement we received from the NEA, “These matching grants help support projects that involve the creation and presentation of artistically excellent work – both new and established. This round of grants awards more than 225 grants and over $7.3 million in arts education funding as part of the Arts Endowment’s Learning in the Arts funding stream.”
Of course, we’re wildly proud of our professional development (PD) program (see more posts about PD here), which we provide for our roster artists and staff at our partner schools each year under leadership of our professional development partner Deborah Brzoska. But still, we’re thrilled that we meet the NEA’s competitive criteria.
The NEA’s announcement also stated that: “Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts generate, on average, six dollars from non-federal sources for each dollar awarded.” In our case, about half of our program’s current funding comes from local government agencies including the City of Portland, Clackamas County, Multnomah County, the Oregon Arts Commission, and each participating school district. Of course, the City of Portland remains our “most enthusiastic” supporter, as Mayor Adams describes it in the press announcement released about this grant. The other 49% of the pie comes from private sources, including corporations, private foundations and individuals.
Read the full press release on RACC.org, which includes a response from Sam Adams, Mayor of Portland.
Read a quick plug on The Oregonian online.
See the full list of NEA grantees in the state of Oregon.