National Endowment for the Arts Awards $27 Million for Arts Projects Nationwide

ACA Staff
February 10, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC— Chairman Mary Anne Carter announced today that organizations in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will receive federal funding for arts projects from the National Endowment for the Arts in this round of fiscal year 2020 funding. Overall, 1,073 grants totaling $27 million were awarded for programs 14 artistic disciplines in communities throughout the United States.

“The creativity and resilience of artists and arts organizations across the country have inspired Americans during this challenging year,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “These projects represent the vitality and perseverance of arts organizations small and large to overcome significant challenges, transform to new ways of engagement, and forge new relationships that benefit the diverse populations in neighborhoods and cities throughout the United States.”

Grants awarded in the Artist Communities division totaled $685,000 - with further grants awarded to residency programs under Dance, Design, Music, Visual Arts and other discipline categories. As part of this funding the Alliance of Artists Communities was awarded $25,000 to support engagment of regional residency cohorts.

Alliance of Artists Communities member programs receiving awards in the Artist Communities division include:

3Arts, Inc
Chicago, IL

Alliance of Artists Communities
Providence, RI

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

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Omaha, NE

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

Camargo Foundation
Saint Paul, MN

Dirt Palace Public Projects
Providence, RI

Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Redwood City, CA

Greensboro, NC

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Inc.
Provincetown, MA

Friends of A Studio in the Woods
New Orleans, LA

Headlands Center for the Arts
Sausalito, CA

Josephine Sculpture Park, Inc.
Frankfort, KY

Kala Institute
Berkeley, CA

MacDowell Colony, Inc.
Peterborough, NH

Marble House Project, Inc.
Dorset, VT

Montalvo Association
Saratoga, CA

Oolite Arts
Miami Beach, FL

Ox Bow
Saugatuck, MI

Penland School of Crafts
Bakersville, NC

Press Street (aka Antenna)
New Orleans, LA

Ragdale Foundation
Lake Forest, IL

Roswell Artist-in-Residence Foundation (aka RAIR)
Roswell, NM

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

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Inc.
Madison, ME

Tofte Lake Center
Ely, MN

Ucross Foundation
Clearmont, WY

Vermont Studio Center, Inc.
Johnson, VT

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Inc. (on behalf of Creative Glass Center of America)
Millville, NJ

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The Alliance of Artists Communities (AAC) is the international service organization for artist residency programs and artist-centered organizations in the U.S. and abroad. AAC's mission is to advocate for and support artist residency programs as a means of advancing the endeavors of all artists. Founded in 1991, AAC currently has more than 400 members in 50 U.S. states and 20 countries, and speaks collectively on behalf of the more than 1,500 residency programs worldwide. Since 2004, AAC has provided more than $2 million in direct grant funding to artists and residency centers. Connect with AAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram or visit our website at


Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts 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, visit