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NEA approves $40,000 Grant for Of Here From There Public Art Project

Posted on May 28, 2019

We are excited to announce that Creativity Explored has been approved for a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to help fund our upcoming public art project, Of Here From There! The project will highlight the experiences of artists with developmental disabilities through the lens of Latinx folk art.

With support from the NEA and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Creativity Explored and lead artist Ana Teresa Fernández will create public art installations based on the passionate mark-making processes of artists with disabilities and inviting the community to join them in an interactive art experience combining media arts, music, dance and poetry.

We are so grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for approving funding for this project, which will include workshops with CE artists, community arts partners, and the public over the next year. In 1983, a grant from the NEA allowed for Creativity Explored to open our studio in the Mission and begin offering our programs. We’re honored to continue celebrating the power of art to change lives with NEA funding 36 years later.

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category.

“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as Creativity Explored are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”

Lead Artist Ana Teresa Fernández shared her excitement with us about being approved for NEA funding. "Creativity Explored is an incredible creative gem in our city. Through the NEA's funding, Of Here From There will help blossom opportunities for the very diverse group of artists at Creativity Explored to share their stories and journeys to a broader audience,” she said. “Furthermore, these stories will lead to  collaborations with local musicians, artists and institutions through public performances.”

For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcements, visit arts.gov/news.

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