Luckily, the NEA was spared this cycle by Congress and on June 14 announced its second round of funding for the 2017 fiscal year. It awarded 1,195 grants with a total of $84 million. Florida garnered 36 grants that totaled approximately $1.6 million. The fiscal year ends September 30 and it's unclear whether Congress will approve or reject Trump’s proposal this coming year.
“Institutions like the NEA and [National Endowment for the Humanities] work towards funding important artistic projects that speak to values in our communities. Without them,
The cinema recently received a $10,000 Art Works grant from the NEA to support a program called the New Black Cinema. After director Barry Jenkins' Moonlight won Best Picture at the Oscars this year, Chavez says it became particularly important to continue developing African-American and African-diaspora voices in the film industry because they have been historically disenfranchised. “We want to help nurture that conversation and continue that dialogue,” he says. The grant will cover travel and honoraria costs for filmmakers such as Jenkins, Terence Nance, and Jason Fitzroy Jeffers. The symposium will include panel discussions with the filmmakers in topics such as the role of film in hip-hop culture. The program is set to run in 2018.
“We are a small organization... Without the NEA, it's hard for us to exist,” Chavez says. “Going forward, if defunded, we need to rethink other ways of finding money to support our programs. It’s not just the money, but it’s a national institution that supports our mission. The NEA logo says we have the backing of such a renowned institution.”
It’s not only small community arts organizations in Miami that are supported by NEA grants. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts has also received money. Jairo Ontiveros, the director of education and community engagement at the Arsht Center, says, “The NEA is important because it provides funding that allows free community and
The Arsht received a $25,000 Art Works grant to support Breakin’ Miami, a festival devoted to international and local hip-hop culture. The convention will present performances from hip-hop troupes from around the world, including Yeah Yellow and Protocol. The purpose is to raise the visibility of the hip-hop scene in Miami.
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“Art is just as important as science, math, technology, and engineering," Ontiveros says. "That’s what the NEA is all about. We will take active measures to communicate to our legislators and our constituents... to make sure that the NEA can stay