NEA awards $450,000 in ARPA grants to 6 art organizations

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) has announced that American Rescue Plan Act grants totaling in $450,000 are being recommended to several art organizations to assist in recovery from the pandemic.

The art organizations are:

  • Alliance of Artists Communities, Providence, $100,000.
  • Dirt Palace, Providence, $50,000.
  • DownCity Design, Providence, $100,000.
  • Everett, Providence, $50,000.
  • Spectrum Theatre Ensemble, Providence, $100,000.
  • Riverzedge Arts, Woonsocket, $50,000.

“As our state’s arts and culture community continues to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rhode Island is grateful for these important American Rescue Plan Act Fund grants, which will help these arts organizations continue to rebuild,” Governor McKee said. “On behalf of the State of Rhode Island, I thank the National Endowment for the Arts and our Congressional delegation for this critical assistance, which will be an essential part of our state’s economic recovery by saving numerous jobs in arts and culture.”

The NEA says this funding can be used to save organization jobs, and to help facilities and operations as well as health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to bring clients back in.

“Congratulations to the six RI grantee organizations, which are being awarded federal dollars to support the hard-hit arts sector’s recovery,” RISCA’s spokesperson, Faye Zuckerman, said. “We thank Senators Reed and Whitehouse, Congressmen Langevin and Cicilline, and the NEA for once again assisting RI’s important arts and culture community, which contributes some $2 billion in annual economic activity in our state.”

Across the United States, NEA has suggested 567 art organizations how to access $57.75 million in ARPA money to support them as we focus on the return of artistic organizations.

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