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Payne Proudly Announces Tenth Congressional District National Endowment for the Arts Grant Recipients

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Location: Newark, N.J.

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) proudly announces the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Ark Works grants to three recipients in New Jersey's Tenth Congressional District. Newark Public Radio, Inc. located in Newark, NJ will receive $30,000 in funding to support the production of a weekly jazz performance series, "Jazz Night in America." Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts, Inc. will receive $10,000 in funding to support the expansion of an in-school dance education residency program in the East Orange School District. Finally, Union County Arts Center, Inc. located in Rahway, NJ will receive $20,000 in funding to support its "Masters on Masters" concert series.

"It is my pleasure to announce such well-deserved NEA funding to these recipients to help expand the rich artistry we currently enjoy in our district," Rep. Payne, Jr. said. "Although we live in tough budgetary times, it is essential to recognize the importance the arts play both in our children's education and in our communities. My sincerest congratulations go to all of the grant recipients."

This round of NEA Art Works grants awards fifteen grants in the amount of $284,500 to New Jersey. The NEA grants help projects that involve the creation and presentation of artistically excellent work -- both new and established. Projects include commissions, residencies, rehearsals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals, 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.

The NEA is accepting applications for arts projects in New Jersey's Tenth Congressional District. The next application deadlines are for Challenge America Fast-Track (May 23rd) and Art Works II (August 8th). Application guidelines and more details about these funding opportunities are available at

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