The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) announced today that 26 diverse Colorado arts organizations were selected as first-round award recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) 2020 grant cycle.
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter revealed the $27.3 million award list of national arts projects receiving federal funding, including Colorado’s $408,000 of awards. Overall, 1,187 NEA grants were awarded to organizations or projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Colorado’s recipients span from Paonia to Parker and represent a 38 percent increase in Colorado’s total NEA awards over the previous year. 42 percent of the 2020 grants were awarded to arts organizations outside of metro Denver. OEDIT’s Colorado Creative Industries division continues to be a strong catalyst for the arts within the state as nearly half of this year’s NEA recipients are located in State-certified Colorado Creative Districts.
“Colorado’s diverse and rich arts scene supports thousands of jobs across the state,”said Margaret Hunt, Director of the Colorado Creative Industries. “Colorado Creative Industries values our 50-year old partnership with the Endowment and we are excited to see so many organizations located outside of metro Denver benefiting from these federal funds, including many located in our certified Colorado Creative Districts. ”
Colorado’s 2020 first round recipients are:
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
About Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor Jared Polis, we strive to advance the State’s economy through financial and technical assistance that fosters local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado. OEDIT offers a host of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level including business retention services, business relocation services, and business funding and incentives. Our office includes the Global Business Development division; Colorado Tourism Office; Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office; Colorado Creative Industries; Business Financing & Incentives division; the Colorado Small Business Development Network; Colorado Office of Film, TV & Media; the Minority Business Office; and the Colorado Innovation Network. Learn more at www.choosecolorado.com.