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NEA Awards $1.6 Million to Artist Residency Programs

The National Endowment for the Arts announced today its most recent round of grants, awarding $22.5 Million to 863 organizations and individual fellows nationwide. More than $1.6 Million will support creative residency programs – artist communities, colonies, and residencies that provide artists of any discipline with dedicated time and space for the development of new work.

The NEA’s letter to the field in 2009 recognized “the critical role that Artist Communities play in American Culture. You are a unique field whose main focus is on the individual artist. You play an irreplaceable role in this nation's artistic creativity and vision.”

"We are thrilled to celebrate the NEA's support of the field, which will provide artists with necessary resources to develop new work," says Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities, a national and international association of artists' communities, colonies, and residency programs. "The NEA's recognition is a symbol of the relevance and immediacy of our field's work: to support living artists in the creation of new work and the exploration of new ideas. The Alliance of Artists Communities was founded on the belief that supporting today's artists in developing new work is essential to human progress - not as a luxury, not as a leisure activity, but as a vital and necessary force in society."

Sixty-six organizations were awarded $1,652,000 in grants for residencies, from large and established artist colonies to small and up-and-coming residency programs. The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Florida, is one such program, that will receive $10,000 in support of their artist residency program. Bruce Rodgers, Executive Director, recognizes the impact NEA funding has to leverage other support and fill critical needs in the community: "The Hermitage is committed to its community engagement programs that range along the Florida's west coast. This grant not only serves as a 'seal of approval' from a highly respected national agency such as the National Endowment for the Arts, making it easier for us to find additional support, but the funds themselves will help us continue to share our artists with our community in the schools and in low cost and free programs for the public."

In the Artist Communities category, 26 grants were awarded totaling $500,000; in Dance, $225,000 was awarded to 6 residency programs; in Museums, $172,000 was awarded to 5 residency programs; in Music, $20,000 awarded to one residency program; in Presenting, $45,000 awarded to 2 residency programs; in Theater, $130,000 awarded to 3 residency programs; and in Visual Arts, $560,000 awarded to 23 residency programs. Of the 66 grants, 32 went to the Alliance and its member organizations, totaling $770,000.

There are an estimated 500 artist residency programs in the U.S. (and more than 1,000 worldwide), which in turn provide residencies to more than 12,000 artists each year - painters, poets, composers, choreographers, playwrights, filmmakers, novelists, scholars, and others. The field includes long-established artist colonies like The MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH), Skowhegan (Skowhegan, ME), and Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY), as well as small, lesser-known artist residency programs like A Studio in the Woods (New Orleans), Hermitage Artist Retreat (Englewood, FL), and PlatteForum (Denver).

While artist residency programs remain relatively unknown to the public, the artists they have served and some of the works created in-residence are immediately recognizable: Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, Gregory MacGuire's Wicked; Thornton Wilder's Our Town; Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay; as well as works by Allen Ginsberg, David Sedaris, Marcel Duchamp, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Robert Rauschenberg, James Baldwin, John Lennon, Truman Capote, Bill T. Jones, Spalding Gray, Leonard Bernstein, Edward Albee, Langston Hughes, Liz Lerman, Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, Bob Dylan, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and many, many more.

Grants awarded to artist residency programs in November 2011 (*indicates Alliance member organization):

*18th Street Arts Complex
Santa Monica, CA
$15,000

Alfred University (Institute for Electronic Arts)
Alfred, NY
$15,000

Alliance of Artists Communities
Providence, RI
$30,000

American Academy in Rome
New York, NY
$50,000

*Anderson Ranch Arts Foundation
Snowmass Village, CO
$10,000

*Archie Bray Foundation
Helena, MT
$15,000

*Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Gatlinburg, TN
$20,000

Artpace, Inc. (aka Artpace San Antonio)
San Antonio, TX
$40,000

*Atlantic Center for the Arts, Inc.
New Smyrna Beach, FL
$18,000

*Bates College | Bates Dance Festival
Lewiston, ME
$30,000

*Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Omaha, NE
$45,000

Brandywine Graphic Workshop
Philadelphia, PA
$30,000

Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Brooklyn, NY
$10,000

Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation
New York, NY
$20,000

Center for Photography at Woodstock, Inc.
Woodstock, NY
$20,000

*City of Asylum Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA
$20,000

Coleman Center for the Arts
York, AL
$20,000

CounterPulse
San Francisco, CA
$15,000

DanceNOW NYC
New York, NY
$10,000

Dieu Donné Papermill, Inc.
New York, NY
$15,000

*Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Woodside, CA
$25,000

Eyebeam Atelier
New York, NY
$20,000

Fabric Workshop and Museum
Philadelphia, PA
$30,000

*Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Inc.
Provincetown, MA
$15,000

*Florida State University (MANCC)
Tallahassee, FL
$20,000

Franconia Sculpture Park
Shafer, MN
$15,000

*Headlands Center for the Arts
Sausalito, CA
$30,000

*Hedgebrook Foundation
Langley, WA
$15,000

*Hermitage Artist Retreat, Inc.
Englewood, FL
$10,000

Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art
New York, NY
$60,000

International Studio & Curatorial Program
Brooklyn, NY
$15,000

*Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inc.
Becket, MA
$80,000

*Kala Art Institute
Berkeley, CA
$20,000

Light Work Visual Studies, Inc.
Syracuse, NY
$30,000

Lower East Side Printshop, Inc.
New York, NY
$25,000

*MacDowell Colony, Inc.
Peterborough, NH
$30,000

Mattress Factory
Pittsburgh, PA
$34,000

*McColl Center for Visual Art
Charlotte, NC
$20,000

*Millay Colony for the Arts, Inc.
Austerlitz, NY
$15,000

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Minneapolis, MN
$15,000

*Montalvo Arts Center
Saratoga, CA
$20,000

Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, IL
$20,000

Museum of Fine Arts | Glassel School of Art
Houston, TX
$34,000

Museum of Glass
Tacoma, WA
$34,000

New York Live Arts
New York, NY
$70,000

*Pilchuck Glass School
Seattle, WA
$20,000

Print Center
Philadelphia, PA
$20,000

Project Row Houses
Houston, TX
$40,000

*Ragdale Foundation
Lake Forest, IL
$15,000

*Salina Art Center
Salina, KS
$25,000

*Santa Fe Art Institute
Santa Fe, NM
$40,000

Sculpture Center
Long Island City, NY
$15,000

*Sculpture Space
Utica, NY
$20,000

*Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Inc.
Skowhegan, ME
$27,000

Smack Mellon Studios, Inc.
Brooklyn, NY
$20,000

SPACES
Cleveland, OH
$20,000

Studio Museum in Harlem
New York, NY
$40,000

*Sundance Institute
Park City, UT
$55,000

*Vermont Studio Center
Johnson, VT
$30,000

*Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
Amherst, VA
$10,000

*Wickenburg Foundation for the Performing Arts
Wickenburg, AZ
$25,000

Willamette University | Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Salem, OR
$30,000

Women's Project & Productions
New York, NY
$15,000

Women's Studio Workshop, Inc.
Rosendale, NY
$25,000

Yeiser Art Center
Paducah, KY
$10,000

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The Alliance of Artists Communities is a national and international association of artists' communities, colonies, and residency programs - a diverse field of more than 1,000 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: www.artistcommunities.org

For a complete list of 2012 "Art Works" grants awarded by the NEA, visit: www.arts.gov

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at www.arts.gov.