Through its Art Works grant program, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a $10,000 grant to support the African American Arts and Culture Complex’s (AAACC) curated rental program for emerging African American playwrights and performers. The NEA promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. The AAACC, a community based arts and cultural organization located at 762 Fulton St., is one of 1,023 art nonprofit recipients in the NEA’s Spring 2015 funding round, totaling $74.3 million to organizations across the country.
The grant is intended to support the creation of art and public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts and strengthening of communities in the arts. The NEA received 1,731 eligible Art Works applications.
“The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Funding these new projects like the one from African American Art & Culture Complex represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.” “We are thrilled to have the support of the NEA in our efforts to strengthen the next generation of African American playwrights and performers in the Bay Area,” said AAACC Board of Directors President Nichole Jordan. “This specially crafted program will provide these emerging artists with vital support and mentorship that will improve their possibility of presenting now and later, increase their visibility, and provide a place for them to stretch their creative boundaries.” As part of “The NSAA Series” program, emerging Bay Area African American playwrights and performers will be invited to present their work with the AAACC for the 2015-2016 Season. The program will provide artists with rehearsal and performance space, technical assistance, marketing and promotion, and mentorship by resident art companies, including business skills development.
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