Light Work Receives $40,000 Grant from National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu has announced that Light Work is one of 936 not-for-profit national, regional, state and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Light Workwill receive $40,000 to support its artist-in-residence program and production of “Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.”
“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to Light Work, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” says Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.”
Light Work’s director, Shane Lavalette, says, “Thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts’ sustaining support of our residency program, we are able to offer today’s emerging and underrecognized artists the time, space and resources they need to develop their important new work. We’re continually grateful to the NEA for their recognition of Light Work as one of the leading arts organizations in the country.”
Every year Light Work invites between 12 and 15 artists to come to Syracuse to devote one month to creative projects. Over 400 artists have participated in Light Work’s artist-in-residence program, and many of them have gone on to achieve international acclaim. The residency includes a $5,000 stipend, a furnished artist apartment, 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art facilities and generous staff support. Work by each artist-in-residence is published in a special edition of “Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual,” along with an essay commissioned by Light Work.
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
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