Today, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, announced a series of matching and partnership grants. $25 million dollars, $4 million of which is in arts education projects, will be awarded in matching grants, and a whopping $48.5 million will be awarded in matching partnership grant awards. These funds help support projects ranging from commissions, residencies, rehearsals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals, to training programs and literature fellowships. Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts generate, on average, eight dollars from non-federal sources for each dollar awarded. Studies have shown that the more arts experience our innovators, scientists, and inventors have, the more likely they will be to generate creative capital of clear economic value.
"When we invest in the arts, we reap rewards in every sphere. In our area, I am pleased to announce many winners," said Congressman Cleaver. "This funding will help ensure the accessibility of the arts to many who might otherwise not be able to enjoy the thriving cultural life they offer. Strengthening this critical area is something we all benefit from in the form of education, cognitive development and inspiration."
The Mid-America Arts Alliance received $1, 131, 000 in funding to support arts partnership activities. Partnerships grants are awarded to the states, and allow a state art agency to match the federal partnership grant with state appropriated dollars, helping the entire state. The American Jazz Museum will received $16, 000 in funding to support the Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival. The Metropolitan Arts Council of Greater KC and its local arts agencies will receive $40, 000 to support Catalyst Project Grants. The Nelson Gallery Foundation will receive $100, 000 to support the digitization of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's photography collection. UMKC Arts Education will receive $65, 000 to support Conservatory in the Schools.
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.