Supporting the presentation of “Still Standing: A Musical Survival Guide for Life’s Catastrophes”
Tampa, FL, (December 18, 2013) – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that VSA Florida is one of 150 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant. VSA Florida is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the presentation of Anita Hollander’s one woman show, “Still Standing: A Musical Survival Guide for Life’s Catastrophes”, with related activities.
The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers $10,000 matching grants to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Challenge America Fast-Track grants support two major outcomes: public engagement with diverse and excellent art and livability, or the strengthening of communities through the arts. In this FY 2014 funding round, the NEA received 294 eligible Challenge America Fast-Track applications requesting $2.94 million in funding. The NEA will award 150 Challenge America Fast-Track grants totaling $1.5 million to organizations in 46 states, including 33 first-time NEA grantees, or 22 percent of all CAFT grantees in this round.
“I am so pleased to receive the support from the NEA. Our proposed program showcases the talent of a professional actress with a disability – and brings to the audience the awareness that creativity is not bound by disability. VSA Florida is committed to bringing this message to Florida” said Marian Winters, Executive Director of VSA Florida.
“The NEA was founded on the principle that the arts belong to all the people of the United States,” said NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “We’re proud that Challenge America Fast-Track grants bring more opportunities for arts engagement to underserved communities.”
See the complete listing of projects recommended for Challenge America Fast-Track grant support at www.arts.gov
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