National Endowment for the Arts announces grant to the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
Posted on 11/27/2012
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is pleased to announce it is the recipient of one of the 832 NEA Art Works grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $35,000 grant will be used to provide direct financial support to 36 Artists-in-Residence in 2013.
Bemis Center's residency program manager Heather Johnson said the organization was grateful to the NEA. "We are honored to continue to receive support from the NEA, and be recognized for our innovative programming and direct support to individual artists."
The Bemis Center was awarded $35,000 to support residencies for artists to create new work. Participating artists will be provided housing, workspace, technical assistance, and a monthly stipend for two to four-month residencies. Up to 36 residencies will be supported and approximately 25,000 people will attend public programs.
"I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Artist-in-Residence program," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs."
In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.
ABOUT THE BEMIS CENTER
Since 1981, the Bemis Center’s sole mission has been to support contemporary artists of exceptional talent. We do this through our international artist-in-residence program, cutting edge exhibitions, and community arts projects. These programs directly fund and support the artistic process, catalyzing artists’ work to engage and challenge the public.