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NEA 2000 Second Round Grants

Academic journal article Afterimage

NEA 2000 Second Round Grants

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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced its second round of grants for the 2000 fiscal year. The NEA was allotted a budget of $97.6 million for Fiscal Year 2000, $79.6 million of which was designated for grantmaking. Second round grants total $50.2 million or 63% of the Endowment's Fiscal Year 2000 funds. Grants will be distributed through three of the Endowment's major grant categories: Access, Education and Heritage and Preservation. The Access category, which funds events such as artist residencies, after-school and mentoring programs, performing arts tours, community-based projects, publication distribution and the innovative use of technology in communities where they are not readily available, will award 208 grants totaling $4.4 million. In Education, 244 grants totaling $6.2 million were approved. Education grants reflect the Endowment's commitment to the arts as an integral part of education. In the Heritage and Preservation category, which funds organizations to help conserve signific ant artworks and to help increase the visibility of art and artists of various cultural traditions, 208 grants totaling $3.8 million will be awarded. In addition, state and regional arts agencies will receive $33.3 million in Partnership Agreements and $2.5 million will fund Leadership initiatives. Overall, projects reaching national or multi-state audiences will receive $11.3 million.

On February 7, President Clinton submitted his FY 2001 budget proposal to Congress, requesting a $150 million appropriation for the NEA, an increase of $52 million from the FY 2000 budget. The additional funds would primarily be used to support Challenge America, a new initiative that aims to connect arts organizations more closely with families and communities, provide access to the arts in underserved areas and encourage the development of cultural organizations in communities not previously served by the NEA. In addition, the President has proposed funding for a collaboration between the NEA and the Department of Education. What follows are grants that we believe will be of interest to Afterimage readers, culled from the Media Arts, Visual Arts, Multidisciplinary, Museum, Arts Education, Local Arts Agencies and State and Regional Arts Organizations categories.

Media Arts

Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY $8000

To support the publication of Volume II of The Legend of Maya Deren. Maya Deren (1917-1961) is considered a pioneer both as a female film director and as a pivotal figure in experimental filmmaking.

Art Institute of Chicago (on behalf of Video Data Bank), Chicago, IL $25,000

To support the enhancement of Video Data Bank's (VDB) Web site. New video-streaming technology will provide users with direct on-line access to the more than 1500 titles in VDB's collection of video art and interviews with artists on video.

Bay Area Video Coalition, Inc., San Francisco, CA $50,000

To support the provision of national video preservation services to artists and arts organizations and other related activities. This includes the recording, retrieval and preservation of video art and art on video, the dissemination of information to the interested public and a symposium on video preservation for conservators.

Boston Film/Video Foundation, Inc., Boston, MA $20,000

To support a comprehensive media arts education program. Open to the public, this initiative is designed to encourage personal vision, assist in the development of concrete skills and foster relationships meant to strengthen and advance the production of film and video artworks.

Camera News, Inc., New York, NY $20,000

To support the Advanced Film and Video Production Workshop, a series of media arts seminars and the Seeing Through Racism Project. This three-part program will provide workshop participants with technical and media awareness skills.

Center for Arts Criticism, Minneapolis, MN $20,000

To support a year-long artist mentorship program designed to promote the artistic visions of inner city and rural youth. …

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