A Statement of Support from The Woodruff Arts Center
A Statement of Support from The Woodruff Arts Center for
the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations.”
– Jane Chu, NEA Chairman
The National Endowment for the Arts “funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity” of America’s multifaceted communities by creating “diverse opportunities for arts participation” for all Americans.
The Woodruff Arts Center stands in support of the independent federal agency who—despite recent challenges concerning the financial future of NEA funding—provide direct support to myriad programs provided by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art at The Woodruff.
The Alliance Theatre received regular support from the NEA for the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. The winning play is fully produced at the Alliance, and the four finalist plays receive staged readings. Too Heavy for Your Pocket, Start Down and The C.A. Lyons Project were presentations of NEA funding at work. Read the Alliance Theatre’s full statement of support for the NEA here.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra recently received a grant from the NEA to celebrate the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth along with the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. Over the next two seasons, the Orchestra will perform all Nine of Beethoven’s Symphonies, all Five Piano Concertos, as well as his Violin Concerto while bringing many of the world’s most acclaimed musicians to Symphony Hall. In addition, the ASO will collaborate with the Alliance Theatre in a fully staged production of Bernstein’s opera, Candide.
Major exhibitions at the High Museum of Art are made possible through NEA funding. These include Bill Traylor: Drawings from the Collections of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts; Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine; Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas; and Alex Katz, This Is Now, to name a few. In July 2017, the High Museum of Art and more than a dozen metro Atlanta arts and culture organizations launched the #GAArtsFuture postcard-writing campaign. Blank postcards, along with the Washington, D.C. addresses of all state representatives, will be offered to patrons on site at their locations. Signage accompanying the postcards provides information for visitors about how National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funding affects the arts in Georgia. Guests may use their creativity to write personalized messages on the postcards, which the organizations will collect, stamp, and mail to congressional leaders. The goal of the campaign is to demonstrate the arts’ positive impact on the lives of Georgia residents and to underscore the importance of continued funding for the NEA, NEH and IMLS.
As the largest arts educator in Georgia, The Woodruff Arts Center strongly supports the NEA’s dedication to transforming students’ lives through artistic exploration. If you also support quality arts education and artistic programming for all, please contact your state senators and representatives to tell them to remain in support of the National Endowment for the Arts.