Interlochen Receives $15,000 NEA Grant

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $15,000 to Interlochen Center for the Arts to support guest artists at Interlochen Arts Academy. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

“It is deeply meaningful to receive this award from the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Interlochen President Trey Devey. “Through this grant, Interlochen will have the opportunity to build upon its longstanding tradition of connecting world-class guest artists with our students and the northern Michigan community.”

As Devey explains, this award will support Interlochen Arts Academy guest artists during the 2017-18 academic year. At least 50 artists will perform master classes for some 500 students in grades 9-12 across each artistic and academic discipline. Many of the resulting performances, readings and exhibitions will be presented to the public throughout the year.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as Interlochen Center for the Arts, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

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Learn more about Interlochen's grant by reading the 9&10 News story.