Artown Receives NEA Grant

December 12, 2010

Artown, Reno’s month-long celebration of culture and the arts, has earned recognition for the third consecutive year from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) with a $30,000 Access to Artistic Excellence grant. Artown was recognized by the NEA grant based on three key areas: preserving diverse cultural heritage, making the arts more widely available in communities, and supporting artistic creativity. The grant award, made under the NEA’s new philosophy that “art works,” also recognizes Artown for strengthening the Reno community’s economy and artistic identity.

Artown, Reno, Nevada, NV
Logo courtesy Artown

According to NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, “Art works. This encompasses not only the actual products of artistic creation, but also the way that art works both on the artist and the audience for the art, and how artists provide a positive impact – economically and spiritually – on the communities in which they live and work.”

The $30,000 grant is an increase of $10,000 over the past two years’ awards and is one of four NEA grants awarded to organizations in Nevada and the only one for an arts presenter. The one-year grant allows Artown to continue to fulfill its mission presenting a culturally and artistically diverse array of exhibits and performances in Reno throughout July. The more than 400 events, 60 percent free, that Artown presents annually draw more than 300,000 attendees from all walks of life allowing access to a multitude of arts experiences.

Plans for the 16th annual Artown, to be held July 1 – 31, 2011, are currently underway with festival favorites such as the Monday Night Music Series, Family Series, World Music Series, Movies in the Park, Dancing in the Park and the Discover the Arts children’s series making its return.

Source: Artown press release.

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