February 15, 2019

Arts+ Recommended for NEA Grant

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Charlotte — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to Arts+ for the Spotlight CLT program. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking and will award 972 grants in this category.

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Spotlight CLT program was created as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration for Arts+. Spotlight CLT is a special initiative where Arts+ will bring prominent artists and musicians from around the country to Charlotte to engage with Arts+ programs, students, and the broader community throughout the year.

The first two visiting artists will be Lynn Chang, internationally renowned violinist and educator, and Lisa Wong, pediatrician, violinist, and violist focused on music and wellness. Chang will be in Charlotte from Feb. 21-23 to engage with Arts+ and the community through in-school workshops, community performances, and a masterclass. Wong will visit Charlotte Feb. 21-22 to partner with the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Atrium Health, and Southminster. Additional musicians and visual artists will be visiting Charlotte through Spotlight CLT later this year.

“Arts+ is tremendously honored to receive a grant from the NEA through their very competitive Art Works program,” said Devlin McNeil, Executive Director at Arts+. “These funds will allow us to bring unique music and art experiences to our community.”

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

For more information on Spotlight CLT, visit www.artsplus.org/programs/spotlight-clt.