National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $30,000 to the Community Design Collaborative to support Play Space, an initiative that is focusing on the design of innovative urban play spaces to improve the quality of child care and early childhood education.
The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.
“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected. Supporting projects like the one from the Community Design Collaborative offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”-- Jane Chu, NEA Chairman
The Art Works award will support an exhibition and public forum at Philadelphia City Hall from October through December 2016, a partnership with Grid magazine to publish a special supplement on play space to be distributed regionally in August 2016, and other public education programming.
“Through Play Space, we’ve worked with designers, early childhood educators, and child care providers to re-imagine play spaces at Philadelphia’s libraries, recreation centers, and schools.” said Beth Miller, executive director of the Collaborative. “The Art Works award will enable us share what we’ve learned with a broader audience.”
To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring16. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to www.arts.gov.