NEA Announces First Round of FY13 Art Works and Challenge America Grants

by Laurie Baskin and Alissa Moore

in Advocacy

The NEA has announced the first round of funding for Fiscal Year 2013 totaling $23.3 million awarded through 832 Art Works grants to not-for-profit arts organizations nationwide. In addition 153 Challenge America Fast-Track grants totaling $1.53 million were awarded to organizations in 41 states, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In this round of funding, 118 Art Works grants were awarded to TCG Member Theatres totaling $3,640,000. Art Works funding is awarded to not-for-profit arts organizations and supported projects span 13 artistic disciplines and fields and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. One Challenge America Fast-Track Grant went to a TCG Member Theatre, totaling $10,000. The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

You can read the full story and see the list of awards to TCG member theatres here:

Laurie Baskin is TCG’s Director of Government and Education Programs.




Alissa A. Moore is the government & education programs associate at TCG. She has worked as a director and volunteer theatre educator in New York, and is currently the co-founder of Nomi Network, a non-profit organization that leverages the fashion industry to fight human trafficking in South East Asia. She received a B.A. with Honors in Theatre and American Studies from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she served as their theatre department’s student general manager, and was the recipient of the Margaret Ellen Clifford Memorial Prize for excellence in theatre.