Silver Spring, MD—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $25,000 to Artivate for Project Youth ArtReach. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Artivate in Montgomery County, Maryland, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”
Artivate Executive Director James Modrick notes, “We are again honored that the National Endowment for the Arts is recognizing and encouraging the intensive efforts of artists working with court-involved youth and inmates in correctional facilities, all under the thoughtful guidance of Director Claire Schwadron.”
A core program of Artivate since 2000, Project Youth ArtReach (PYA) was designed to provide court-involved youth with skills-based learning opportunities through the arts, to foster creativity and allow participants to experience success while engaging in positive peer and adult interactions. PYA now includes detained men and women as well as teens, and has grown from one juvenile detention site with only a few workshops to more than 300 programs per year at several Maryland sites annually. In addition to educational workshops in visual, literary and performing arts, PYA provides a variety of performances (27 in FYI 7) for larger groups at Montgomery County jail. PYA has received local and national recognition for its high quality, varied curriculum and meaningful impact. Recent PYA programs include djembe drumming, ceramics, drawing, painting, mural arts, mosaics, and a literature club.
For more information on Project Youth ArtReach, visit goartivate.org/about-our-programs/artreach/project-youth-artreach/.
To see the NEA video on Project Youth ArtReach, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsX54d9ua7o
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.