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The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its first round of grants for 2020, with $403,500 going to 23 groups and organizations in Georgia.

The recipients of $27.3 million in grants were announced by Mary Anne Carter, the organization’s chairwoman. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support grants throughout the entire country that connect people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” she said in a press release. “These projects provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities.”

The grants are from the NEA’s Art Works and Challenge America programs. Art Works supports artistic projects that celebrate creativity and cultural heritage. The Challenge America program offers support to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts due to geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.

The grants for Atlanta area organizations include:

— $10,000 to Atlanta Ballet for a new work by choreographer Dwight Rhoden.

— $20,000 to the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership for public art performances.

— $20,000 to the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival for operational support.

— $25,000 to The Atlanta Opera for its production of Porgy and Bess and related community engagement activities.

— $15,000 to Flux Projects for a multidisciplinary performance and installation by Charmaine Minniefield.

— $20,000 to Horizon Theatre to support its New South Young Playwrights Festival.

— $20,000 to the Atlanta Film Festival for operational support.

— $10,000 to the Marcus Jewish Community Center for Jerry’s Habima Theatre, a musical theater program for adults with disabilities.

— $30,000 to MOCA GA for the Working Artist Project residency program.

  $25,000 to the Alliance Theatre for its Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition.

— $40,000 to True Colors Theatre Company to support production costs.

— $10,000 to Puppetry International magazine.

— $10,000 to Out on Film for operational expenses.

— $10,000 to Amario’s Art Academy in East Point to support a public art project.

— $10,000 to the city of Hapeville to support a public mural by Yehimi Cambrón.

— $10,000 to Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation to support a master class and exhibition by guest artist Kara Walker.

— $10,000 to the Georgia Symphony Orchestra in Marietta to support a sensory-friendly concert.

— $10,000 to Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture and the Environment to support professional training for spoken-word teaching artists for schools in rural Georgia.

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