Arts Jobs Program Contributes $268K to the New England Economy; final round in November

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) announces $268,951 in funding for New England-based arts organizations.

These grants are the first and second rounds from Arts Jobs, NEFA’s Recovery Act funding program. Arts Jobs provides federal funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to New England-based organizations.  These special, one-time grants to nonprofit arts organizations are intended to help maintain or restore arts jobs critical to their missions.  The final round of Arts Jobs funding (approximately $60K for public art project support) will be awarded and announced in November 2009.

“NEFA has long worked to strengthen and support the creative economy both as a grantmaker and by providing tools and information for the field” said NEFA executive director Rebecca Blunk.  “The inclusion of the arts as part of the federal economic recovery plan is a resounding acknowledgement that the arts and culture play a significant role in a healthy economy.”

The Grant Recipients

Performing Artist Fee Support (awarded 5/07/09 and 7/22/09)
Grants to New England arts presenters for artist fees for previously planned engagements that would have been cancelled or reduced due to the economic downturn.

Choate Rosemary Hall, Paul Mellon Arts Center, Wallingford, CT, to present The Acting Co., New York, NY  ($3,500)
The Colonial Theatre Association, Pittsfield, MA, to present The Acting Co., New York, NY  ($4,500)
Connecticut College, New London, CT, to present Kinodance Co, Somerville, MA ($10,000)
Dartmouth College, Hopkins Center, Hanover, NH, to present St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford, CA ($5,200)
Dartmouth College, Hopkins Center, Hanover, NH, to present Zakir Hussain, San Anselmo, CA ($7,950)
Keene State College, Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond, Keene, NH, to present Kinodance Co, Somerville, MA ($6,500)
Meadowbrook Waldorf School, West Kingston, RI, to present Circus Smirkus, Greensboro, VT  ($2,500)
Merriconeag Waldorf School, Freeport, ME, to present Circus Smirkus, Greensboro, VT  ($2,500)
Performing Arts of Northeast Connecticut, Pomfret, CT, to present Boston Lyric Opera Company, Boston, MA ($2,500)
Rhode Island Chamber Concerts, Providence, RI, to present St. Lawrence String Quartet, Stanford, CA ($5,000)
Lawrence Sons of Italy, Lodge 902, Lawrence, MA, to present Circus Smirkus, Greensboro, VT  ($2,500)
University of Massachusetts, Fine Arts Center, Amherst, MA, to present Zakir Hussain, San Anselmo, CA ($10,000)
Worcester Elementary Arts School, Worcester, MA, to present Patricia Campbell, Newtown, CT ($1,301)

Presenter Salary Support (awarded 7/22/09)
Grants to New England arts presenters for full or partial salary support for positions that are critical to an organization's artistic mission and that were in jeopardy of reduction or elimination due to the economic downturn.

The Artists Collective, Hartford, CT ($15,000)
Artspace Inc., New Haven, CT ($15,000)
Bay Chamber Concerts, Camden, ME ($15,000)
Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH ($15,000)
Celebrity Series of Boston, Boston, MA ($15,000)
Colonial Theater, Keene, NH ($15,000)
Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, Boston, MA ($15,000)
International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, CT ($15,000)
New World Theater, Amherst, MA ($15,000)
Opera House Arts, Stonington, ME ($15,000)
Pentangle Council on the Arts, Woodstock, VT ($15,000)
Perishable Theatre, Providence, RI ($15,000)
Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT ($15,000)
Wesleyan University, Center for the Arts, Middletown, CT ($10,000)

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