National Endowment for the Arts. (Newswire)

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The National Endowment for the Arts has announced 819 grants to be awarded during its first 2002 fiscal cycle. The grants, totaling $19.4 million, account for 20 percent of the Endowment's funds for the year, and will be distributed chiefly to nonprofit organizations through the Endowment's "Creativity" and "Organizational Capacity" categories. The majority of the funds, $16.6 million, was awarded to 726 out of 1187 applicants in the "Creativity" category, from which a projected 7,000 artistic events and/or opportunities for interaction between artists and audiences will be generated. Within the "Organizational Capacity" category, 48 out of 79 applicants will receive a share of $1.9 million, and 45 Literature Fellowships, totaling $820,000, were awarded to individual writers. This year's budget boasts an increase of $10 million over last year, and marks only the second consecutive budgetary increase since 1992. Of this year's total budget of $115.2 million, $96.7 million is earmarked for grants. Fourteen sep arate discipline areas compose the "Creativity" category, and the following is a list of the three largest awards in four selected discipline areas: In the "Media Arts" category Sundance Institute for Film and Teievision of Park City, UT, received $110,000 in support of its "Feature Film Program" and the "House of Docs," while Facets Multimedia of Chicago, IL, received $60,000 in support of the annual "Chicago International Children's Film Festival." Film Forum (Moving image) of New York City also received $60,000 to support the theatrical premieres of American independent and foreign films. …

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