We are excited to let you know that Seattle Choruses is the recipient of an NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) grant as part of a national Challenge America and Art Works program cycle. Our $10,000 grant is received in support of the Seattle Men’s Chorus presentation of Love Beyond Borders, highlighting the experiences of LGBTQIA+ Muslim refugees, to be performed in March in Seattle and in July at the Gala Choruses Festival in Minneapolis. The value of NEA funding is not only its monetary impact but also its reputation. An NEA grant confers a prestigious seal of artistic approval, allowing an organization to attract other public and private funds beyond the required 1:1 match.
As Artistic Director, Paul Caldwell commented, “Funding from the Endowment marks a major step forward for us. It recognizes the work our singers have done to create a superlative artistic product. And it honors the fact that we’re grappling with topics that matter even more than music.”
Seattle Choruses is one of 34 nonprofit organizations in Washington State and one of 23 organizations in Seattle receiving NEA funding. Organizations in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, will receive federal funding for arts projects. Overall, 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million will provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities. Click here for a list of recommended grantees sorted by city and state.
Executive Director, Karen J Lane said, “I am thrilled that Seattle Choruses was chosen to receive this NEA grant due to the considerable competition for this funding and the honor it bestows on our Choruses for artistic excellence. NEA grants require about two years of lead time, a formidable level of detail, and the hard work, creativity and insights of our amazing staff. I am so proud.”
About the National Endowment for the Arts
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 Arts Endowment 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. Visit arts.gov to learn more.