Fattah Announces $1 Million in Arts and Humanities Grants to Philadelphia Cultural Institutions

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02) announced today that both the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) have awarded 21 separate grants to arts organizations, museums, and cultural institutions in his Philadelphia-area district. Combined, the organizations will receive a total of $998,287 to support efforts ranging from artifact conservation to student musician workshops, and funding for several new art and dance exhibitions throughout the community.
“It is a tremendous testimony to Philadelphia that the NEA and NEH have chosen to support so many organizations in our city. I congratulate each of the awardees for their commitment to making our arts community one of the finest in the country and ensuring that all Philadelphians, no matter their age or zip code, have access to the arts. The diversity and inclusiveness of the Philadelphia’s arts community is unmatched,” Congressman Fattah said. “As a result of this grant support, thousands more youth and families in our city will be able to experience new exhibits, workshops, and performances. The arts continues to inspire a new generation of creative talent, and remains a huge economic driver for the region.”

The Philadelphia Cultural Alliance estimates that arts and cultural organizations in Pennsylvania’s Second Congressional District have a total economic impact of $1.9 billion, which generates jobs, household income, and tax revenue.

The NEH grants were awarded to St. Joseph’s University and the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA). CCAHA will receive a grant for $349,887 to support preservation services. The St. Joseph’s University grant of $50,400 will support a professor’s fellowship in advanced humanities research.

Additionally, the following 19 organizations received grants from the NEA:

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture ($20,000)
Artreach, Inc ($10,000)
Barnes Foundation ($40,000)
Curtis Institute of Music ($30,000)
International House of Philadelphia ($30,000)
Kimmel Center ($35,000)
Marlboro School of Music ($50,000)
Mighty Writers ($10,000)
Network for New Music ($10,000)
Opera Philadelphia ($30,000)
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts ($68,000)
Pennsylvania Ballet Association ($40,000)
People’s Emergency Center ($10,000)
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society ($15,000)
Philadelphia Dance Company ($50,000)
Philadelphia Museum of Art ($55,000)
PlayPenn, Inc ($10,000)
Print Center ($25,000)
Scribe Video Center ($60,000)
The National Endowment for the Arts supports artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation, extending its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. The National Endowment for the Humanities promotes excellence in the humanities by providing support to strengthen teaching and learning in schools and colleges, facilitating research and original scholarship, preserving access to cultural and educational resources, and expanding opportunities for lifelong learning. For additional details on these grants, visit: http://arts.gov/grants/recent-grants and http://www.neh.gov/grants

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