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Woodruff Arts Center Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:00 AM

Grant to support the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art

ATLANTA (December 18, 2014)- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced that the Woodruff Arts Center has been named a recipient of an NEA Art Works grant.

The Woodruff Arts Center will receive a $120,000 grant to support the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and High Museum of Art in the various initiatives below:

$20,000 to the Alliance for the Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, which will support the production of The C.A. Lyons Project.

$40,000 to the ASO in support of Creation/Creator: A Musical Composition by Christopher Theofanidis, celebrating the ASO’s 70thAnniversary.

$60,000 to the High to support the FY16 Alex Katz Exhibition.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "I'm pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to the Woodruff Arts Center. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives."

“We are grateful for and proud of this support from the NEA,” said Virginia Hepner, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Woodruff Arts Center. “The grant is an endorsement of the work that our arts partners produce, their commitment to excellence and their focus on community connections.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.

About The Woodruff Arts Center
The Woodruff Arts Center is one of the largest arts centers in the world, home to the Tony-Award winning Alliance Theater, the Grammy-Award winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the vibrant High Museum of Art. Each year, these centers of artistic excellence play host to over 1.2 million patrons at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Midtown Atlanta location, one of the only arts centers in the U.S. to host both visual and performing arts on a single campus. The Woodruff Arts Center also offers remarkable education programming, through each of its arts partners as well as Arts for Learning, the Woodruff organization focused exclusively on education. Through their combined efforts, The Woodruff Arts Center serves over 300,000 students annually and is the largest arts educator in Georgia.