(Boston, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts has received a three-year grant of $3,300,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue the work of the National Dance Project. 

NEFA launched the National Dance Project in 1996 to encourage the creation of new dance work to share with audiences in communities throughout the U.S.  Since then, the program has distributed more than $27 million in grants and remains one of the most significant sources for dance funding in the U.S. NDP has reached over 3.6 million audience members and funds tours to an average of 37 states annually.

“The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation plays a leadership role in sustaining and creating a robust landscape for dance in the U.S. We are deeply grateful for their investment of nearly $9.5 million in the National Dance Project, and for their continued support of this program and the opportunities it provides to both artists and communities across the country,” said NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards.

NEFA's National Dance Project is supported with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the MetLife Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and funding for special initiatives from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French American Cultural Exchange.   Visit www.nefa.org or call 617.951.0010 x521 for more information.

About The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies.  To this end, it supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work.  The Foundation makes grants in five core program areas:  Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities; Arts and Cultural Heritage; Diversity; Scholarly Communications; and International Higher Education and Strategic Projects. www.mellon.org.

About NEFA
NEFA builds connections among artists, arts organizations, and funders, powering the arts to energize communities in New England, the nation, and the world. NEFA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that operates in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the New England state arts agencies, with additional funding from foundations, corporations, individuals and other government agencies.

NEFA’s work is accomplished through grantmaking, services, and initiatives which strengthen and advance the national arts infrastructure. For more information, please visit www.nefa.org or call 617.951.0010.