NEA Announces First Round of FY14 Grants

by Laurie Baskin and Alissa Moore

in Advocacy

The NEA has announced the first round of funding for Fiscal Year 2014 with 1,083 grants totaling $25.8 million. These grants will be awarded to organizations and individuals across the country in the categories of Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships.

In this round of funding, 118 Art Works grants totaling $2,725,000 were awarded to TCG Member Theatres. Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. The Art Works grant program supports projects in 13 artistic disciplines and TCG Member Theatres received awards in both the Theatre and Musical Theatre category, as well as the Presenting category.

TCG Members also received 3 Challenge America Fast-Track matching grants of $10,000 a piece, totaling $30,000 in awards. Each grant supports 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.

A full list of Member Theatres that received grants can be found here (PDF).


Alissa A. Moore is the education, research & collective action 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.


Laurie Baskin, director of research, policy & collective action, joined TCG in 1997 as executive assistant to the executive director. In 1999, she was named director of government and education programs and in 2013 was named director of the newly formed department of Research, Policy and Collective Action. Ms. Baskin serves as TCG’s liaison to the Performing Arts Alliance. Prior to joining TCG, Ms. Baskin served for 15 years as executive assistant to the Chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts, working for then-Chairman, Kitty Carlisle Hart. She attended Mount Holyoke College, earned her B.A. from Colgate University, and a degree in arts administration from Adelphi University.