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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Artful stimulus

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 11:33 AM

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre has received $50,000 in federal stimulus money to preserve jobs at the theater during the current theater season. Bravo.


(Little Rock) Arkansas Repertory Theatre has been awarded $50,000 in economic stimulus funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Rep was one of only two organizations in the state to be funded, with the other being the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s design program.


The purpose of the grant program is to preserve jobs that are threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn. The program is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the grants represent part of the $50 million in federal aid to the NEA from President Obama’s economic stimulus package.


The new grants, which total $29.78 million, will be dispersed among 631 arts groups in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several territories.


“We’ll put these funds to good use as we strive to preserve jobs for Arkansans working in the arts,” said Robert Hupp, Producing Artistic Director at The Rep. “We are deeply appreciative of the federal government’s recognition of the role the arts play in the fiscal health of our communities. Non profit arts groups not only contribute to our quality of life, they are also a key contributor to the economic vitality of our city. The NEA’s support certainly helps make our work possible in these challenging economic times.”


Criteria for selection in this highly competitive program were artistic excellence, prior NEA funding history, regional impact and an ability to carry out the project. The funds must be used to preserve current jobs and are applicable to the 2009-2010 season.


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