ArtsGreensboro Receives $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The organization’s second NEA grant in 10 months will support the Special Needs and Arts Innovation grant program piloted in partnership with the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation

Greensboro, N.C., May 11, 2015 The National Endowment for the Arts announced last week that ArtsGreensboro has received a $25,000 grant to support the Special Needs and Arts Innovation grant program.

Recognizing the need to support creative arts collaborations, projects, and programming geared toward building sustainable growth in audiences, ArtsGreensboro joined forces with the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation in 2014 to develop a pilot that evolved into the Special Needs and Arts Innovation grant program.

“Working with the Bryan Foundation to assist arts organizations with needs that go beyond the goals of our four regular grant programs—Mission Support, Project Support, Teacher Art Grants, and Regional Artist Grants—really sparked a desire for ArtsGreensboro to do more in this area,” said ArtsGreensboro President and CEO Tom Philion. “We are delighted that the NEA has recognized the importance of energizing arts participation across our community by helping arts organizations channel their creativity into building new audiences.”

“The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. Funding this new project—and 1,022 others across the country in this round of grants—will promote opportunities for people in Greensboro and throughout America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

Armed with this NEA grant—and with the ongoing support of the Bryan Foundation—ArtsGreensboro is developing a process for implementing the grant program. Once the process is published, nonprofit arts organizations in Greater Greensboro with annual operating budgets over $50,000 may submit applications on a rolling basis. The current review and approval process, which was developed as part of the pilot and is overseen by the Bryan Foundation and ArtsGreensboro, will remain in place.

About the National Endowment for the Arts (

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.