More than 25 Washington state arts groups and institutions have been awarded $1.5 million in grants in the latest round of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. A total of 1,023 groups across the nation received grants for community-based arts projects.
Theaters were well-represented in the awards, with Seattle Repertory Theatre receiving $40,000 for Bringing Theatre Into the Classroom, a program for teachers; 5th Avenue Theatre, $30,000 to support a new production of “Man of La Mancha”; ACT Theatre, $30,000 to support the Young Playwrights Program; Book-It, $20,000 for its Arts and Education Touring Program; and Freehold, which brings theater to underserved communities such as prisons, housing projects and hospitals, received $20,000 for a production of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV.”
A complete list is available at arts.gov.
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—Seattle Public Schools, $94,200 for implementation of Creative Advantage, which will “provide arts leadership coaches who will work with schools to refine arts plans with a focus on closing access gaps” and alignment with state standards.
—Museum of Glass, Tacoma, $45,000 for Healing with Fire, a successful glassblowing program for wounded vets from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Participants’ work is exhibited at the end of the project year.
—Seattle Art Museum, $50,000 for the exhibition “Disguise: Masks and Global African Art,” which opens June 18. Curators present African art through “the lens of masks and the practice of masquerade,” with both historic and contemporary works.
—Seattle Arts & Lectures, $30,000 to support Writers in the Schools, helping students focus on creative writing and performance and allowing teachers to attend development workshops and create creative-writing lessons.
—Seattle Chamber Music Society, $20,000 in support of community outreach programs during the society’s annual summer festival (July 6-Aug. 1), including free recitals, outdoor broadcasts at neighborhood parks, free tickets for music students and more.