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National Endowment for the Arts to Award More Than $25 Million for Arts Projects Nationwide

“At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.” - NEA Chairman Jane Chu

Washington, DC - National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. 

The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects ... are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.”

Support for artist communities totaled over $700,000, with futher grants for residency programs under other discipline grant categories. As part of this funding the Alliance of Artists Communities was awarded $40,000 for initiatives supporting accessibility and opportunities for artists with disabilities in the residency field. Funding will be used to identify and expand opportunities for artists with disabilities, develop tools to support residency programs in expanding access and advocate for greater resources to assist residency programs in serving artists with disabilities.

Grants awarded to artist residency programs in the Alliance network include:

Chicago, IL

Archie Bray Foundation (aka Archie Bray Foundation (the Bray))
Helena, MT           

Atlantic Center for the Arts, Inc.
New Smyrna Beach, FL

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (aka Bemis Center)
Omaha, NE

Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation (aka The Watermill Center)
New York, NY

City of Asylum Pittsburgh (aka City of Asylum)
Pittsburgh, PA

Corporation of Yaddo (aka Yaddo)
Saratoga Springs, NY

Court 13 Arts
New Orleans, LA

Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Woodside, CA

Elsewhere, Inc. (aka Elsewhere)
Greensboro, NC

Friends of A Studio in the Woods
New Orleans, LA

Gina Gibney Dance, Inc. (aka Gibney Dance)
New York, NY

Headlands Center for the Arts (aka Headlands)
Sausalito, CA

Hedgebrook Foundation
Langley, WA

Hermitage Artist Retreat, Inc. (aka Hermitage)
Englewood, FL

Island Institute (aka Island Institute)
Sitka, AK

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inc. (aka the Pillow)
Becket, MA

Kala Institute (aka Kala Art Institute)
Berkeley, CA

Light Work Visual Studies, Inc. (aka Light Work)
Syracuse, NY

MacDowell Colony, Inc. (aka The MacDowell Colony)
Peterborough, NH

Marble House Project, Inc. (aka Marble House Project or MHP)
Dorset, VT

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation, Inc. (aka MASS MoCA)
North Adams, MA

McColl Center for Art & Innovation (aka McColl Center for Art Innovation)
Charlotte, NC

Millay Colony for the Arts, Inc. (aka The Millay Colony)
Austerlitz, NY

Montalvo Association (aka Montalvo Arts Center)
Saratoga, CA

Mount Tremper Arts, Inc. (aka Mount Tremper Arts)
Mount Tremper, NY

Museum of Fine Arts Houston (aka MFAH)
Houston, TX

Ox Bow (aka OxBow School of Art and Artists' Residency)
Saugatuck, MI

Pilchuck Glass School (aka Pilchuck)
Seattle, WA

Summer Lake, OR

Press Street (aka Antenna)
New Orleans, LA

Ragdale Foundation (aka Ragdale)
Lake Forest, IL

Santa Fe Art Institute (aka SFAI)
Santa Fe, NM

Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture and the Environment (aka AIR Serenbe) (on behalf of AIR Serenbe)
Chattahoochee Hills, GA

Yard, Inc. (aka The Yard)
Chilmark, MA


The Alliance of Artists Communities is a national and international association of artists' communities, colonies, and residency programs - a diverse field of more than 1,500 organizations worldwide that support artists of any discipline in the development of new creative work. Believing that the cultivation of new art and ideas is essential to human progress, the Alliance's mission is to advocate for and support artists' communities, to advance the endeavors of artists. For more information, visit:

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit