Arts Huntsville to Receive $150,000 Grant
from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the American Rescue Plan
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (November 18, 2021) – Arts Huntsville is pleased to announce its selection as a recipient of an American Rescue Plan (ARP) grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Arts Huntsville is receiving $150,000 and will use this funding to distribute grants in the Huntsville/Madison County area to support jobs and fund operations of area nonprofit arts organizations and support artist fees for neighborhood-based Huntsville public art installations. Arts Huntsville’s grant is one of 66 grants awarded nationally from the NEA’s $20,200,000 America Rescue Plan awards to local arts agencies for sub granting.
“The NEA’s significant investment in local arts agencies, including Arts Huntsville, is a key element in helping the arts and culture sector recover and reopen while ensuring that American Rescue Plan funding is distributed equitably,” said Ann Eilers, NEA’s acting chair. “These grants recognize the vital role of local arts agencies and will allow them to help rebuild local economies and contribute to the well-being of our communities.”
Eligible Huntsville/Madison County nonprofit arts organizations may apply for Arts Recovery Grants in early 2022, with funding awarded in spring 2022. A request for proposals from individual artists for “Artist-Initiated Projects” (as defined in the Huntsville Public Art Master Plan) will be released in spring 2022, with awards announced in late summer 2022.
“Huntsville’s vibrant arts scene is a centerpiece of our quality of life, and the arts sector has helped fuel the region’s growth in recent years. Right now, though, our nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists are working every day to recover from the significant impact the pandemic had on arts programs, performances and events,” said Arts Huntsville Executive Director Allison Dillon-Jauken. “The National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan funding will provide additional support for arts organization and artists as they re-engage our community in the arts.”
This is the second of three installments of the NEA’s American Rescue Plan funding. Last April, the NEA announced that 40 percent of its $135 million in ARP funding would be allocated to 62 states, jurisdictional, and regional arts organizations for regranting through their respective programs. The third installment of APR funding to arts organizations to support their own operations will be announced in early 2022.
For more information on the NEA’s American Rescue Plan grants, including the full list of local arts agencies funded in this announcement, visit www.arts.gov/COVID-19/the-american-rescue-plan.
For more information on Arts Huntsville’s programs and services, please visit the Arts Huntsville website or call (256) 519-ARTS (2787). Arts Huntsville can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @ArtsHuntsville.
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