The National Endowment for the Arts has just announced that the Tacoma Arts Commission will receive $10,000 to support the Art at Work Arts Symposium, as well as other artist support, in 2011. The funding is part of the NEA’s first round of 2011 grants, supporting 1,057 non-profit organizations around the country with $26.68 million.
Art at Work Month is an annual program in November organized by the Arts Commission which connects Tacoma artists to the public via a studio tour weekend, an art slide slam, arts events and awards, and a weekend-long symposium to give artists professional and business tools. The program will turn 10 next year.
“We are honored to receive this funding from the NEA to help us support Tacoma ’s artists and arts organizations,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “Art is at work in Tacoma every day of every year and, considering the Art at Work program celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011, we want to provide even more opportunities for Tacoma’s artists to build capacity and be successful.”
An independent agency of the federal government established by Congress in 1965, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion in grants to advance artistic excellence, creativity and innovation to benefit individuals and communities.
“I continue to be impressed with the creative, innovative and excellent projects brought forward by arts organizations across the country,” said NEA chairman Rocco Landesman. “Our grantees are not only furthering their art forms, but also enhancing their neighborhoods by making them more vibrant, livable and fun.”