National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced today that Cannonball is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Cannonball is recommended for a $15,000 grant to support its national and international Residency Program. This is Cannonball’s second grant from the NEA.
The NEA’s grant supports the continuation of Cannonball’s annual live/work residency program, which in 2015 will support the research and production of new work by national and international artists, curators, critics/writers, and other cultural producers. Participants in the 2015 Residency Program will also include visiting faculty for Cannonball’s new public alternative school, research.art.dialogue, which offers rigorous semester-long courses, seminars, and lectures to advance public understanding and discourse surrounding contemporary art practice.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to Cannonball. The arts foster value, connection, creativity, and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”
Christopher Cook, Cannonball’s Executive Director, is proud to receive continued support from the NEA. “This is our second year in a row to receive national recognition from the NEA for our Residency Program. This form of acknowledgement is a true testament to the important work Cannonball is doing through this program and our recently launched educational platform research.art.dialogue.”
Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at www.arts.gov. Follow the conversation about this and other NEA-funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.