Artist Communities Alliance (ACA) is pleased to announce they have been approved to receive an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic.
ACA is recommended to receive $100,000 and may use this funding to save jobs and to fund operations, supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts.
“Our nation’s arts sector has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan funding will help arts organizations, such as Artist Communities Alliance, rebuild and reopen,” said Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, chair of the NEA. “The arts are crucial in helping America’s communities heal, unite, and inspire, as well as essential to our nation’s economic recovery.”
“We are incredibly grateful for all the support we have received from the National Endowment for the Arts throughout the pandemic,” said Lisa Funderburke Hoffman, Executive Director of ACA. “During these constantly changing times, the NEA’s aid has allowed ACA to continue our core work with artist communities; to be more supportive of artists and creative workers when it is needed most.”
Artist Communities Alliance continues to expand its position as a visible, relevant and trusted partner to the artist residency field by catalyzing critical dialogue around environment, equity and accessibility; providing research, training and resources for residency workers; and facilitating connectivity and knowledge-sharing. This ARP funding will aid in the retention and support of the ACA team that drives this work and will sustain the organizational costs that are critical to the well-being of this organization.
The American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March 2021 when the NEA was provided $135 million for the arts sector. The funding for organizations is the third installment providing more than $57.7 million for arts organizations. In April 2021, the NEA announced $52 million (40 percent) in ARP funding would be allocated to 62 state, jurisdictional, and regional arts organizations for regranting through their respective programs. The second installment in November 2021 allocated $20.2 million to 66 local arts agencies for subgranting to local artists and art organizations.
In total, the NEA will award grants totaling $57,750,000 to 567 arts organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC. ACA congratulates the following member programs approved for American Rescue Plan grants:
For more information on other organizations included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/COVID-19/the-american-rescue-plan.
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