Tampa, Fla. — The David A. Straz Jr., Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive a Grants for Arts Projects award of $25,000. This grant will support the Straz Center’s 2023 Amplify Project. This grant is one of 1,251 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling nearly $28.8 million that were announced by the NEA as part of its first round of fiscal year 2023 grants.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “Projects such as this one with the Straz Center strengthen arts and cultural ecosystems, provide equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, and contribute to the health of our communities and our economy.”
Straz Center President and CEO Greg Holland added, “We are proud that the Amplify Project has been acknowledged by the NEA. This grant will help us to broaden our mission of providing to our community a variety of world-class artists and performances alongside vibrant and enriching educational and outreach programs.”
The Straz Center’s 2023 Amplify Project will provide broad access to multiple multidisciplinary main stage performances, free outdoor cultural events and community conversations that center the voices and stories of national and regional BIPOC artists and artistry. Specifically, the funding will support the BIPOC Play Reading Series, Arts Legacy REMIX and Voices of Our Community Town Hall events, which are part of the Straz Center’s Community Impact and Cultural Institute initiatives. It also will support performances and outreach by Ailey II and Tymisha Harris (Josephine).
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