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The National Endowment for the Arts has announced more than $30 million of recommended grants in 2017, including 16 grants for Georgia nonprofit arts groups totaling $305,000.

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting these projects, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” NEA Chairman Jane Chu said in a statement. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

The grants include $10,000 to the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership to support visual and performance art on the BeltLine in conjuction with the opening of the three-mile Westside Trail.

Another $25,000 is earmarked for the Atlanta Film Society in support of the 41st annual Atlanta Film Festival.

Three Atlanta theater companies are on the NEA list.

The NEA has earmarked $30,000 to the Alliance Theatre to support the Alliance’s National Graduate Playwriting Competition. Atlanta’s 7 Stages is down for $10,000 to support the creation of The Followers, an original, multidisciplinary performance piece adopted from Euripides’ The Bacchae.

The True Colors Theatre Company will receive $25,000 to help support the regional premiere of Exit Strategy, a play by Ike Holter about a group of Chicago teachers and students facing the demolition of their school due to budget cuts.

NEA grants will also go to the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia ($25,000) to support their residency program Working Artist Project. The Museum of Design Atlanta will receive $20,000 to support the “PLAY: It’s Not Just Fun and Games” exhibit that will highlight the integration of play into the lives of urban children and adults.

Atlanta Ballet will receive $20,000 to help stage Firebird this season, and the same amount will go to The Atlanta Opera to support two productions: Maria de Buenos Aires and Mozart’s The Secret Gardener (La Finta Giardiniera).


A complete list of Georgia’s recipients is online at the NEA website.

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