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National Endowment for the Arts Awards
More Than $82 Million for Arts Projects Nationwide

Includes $15,000 awarded to Charlotte Street Foundation

The National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $15,000 to Charlotte Street Foundation to support the Charlotte Street Curatorial Residency Program. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like the one from Charlotte Street Foundation offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

“Charlotte Street Foundation is so excited and grateful to have received our first ever support from the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Charlotte Street Foundation Executive Director, Amy Kligman. “As a growing and evolving organization, this support is critical to our next steps and indicative of our forward momentum. To have been chosen for this kind of national support as an organization of our size speaks volumes to our high level of impact, influence, and effectiveness.”

Started in 2012, Charlotte Street’s Curatorial Residency Program creates opportunities for outstanding, emerging curators from around the country to immerse themselves in the arts ecosystem of the Kansas City region. Introducing new perspectives and fostering new connections, the program provides support for an annual selected curator-in-residence to develop and present original contemporary arts programming responsive to and inclusive of the work of Kansas City-area artists.

Kligman stated, “The Curatorial Residency Program is a unique and strategic solution to developing relationships for Kansas City based artists in important national networks, and adds to the diversity of curatorial voices and critical discourse in our region. This support from the NEA for the program recognizes and reinforces its importance in the local and national arts ecosystem.”

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See the National Endowment for the Arts announcement here.

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