UCSB Arts & Lectures has been selected to receive an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. It is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive the prestigious grant.
Arts & Lectures will receive $25,000 to support innovative programming in 2015. It has previously received NEA Art Works grants in each of the past three years.
Said NEA Chairman Jane Chu, who announced the grant recipients December 2: “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works, including the award to UCSB Arts & Lectures. 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.”
Rep. Lois Capps (Santa Barbara) said: “Congratulations to UCSB Arts & Lectures for receiving this highly competitive grant. NEA grants benefit our Central Coast community through public engagement, while also boosting our local economy. I am proud of the Arts & Lectures program for receiving this award, which will continue to support their outstanding programming.”
Said Celesta Billeci, Miller McCune executive director of UCSB Arts & Lectures: “We’re thrilled and honored to be recognized by the NEA with this grant. The NEA stamp of approval is deeply meaningful to us – it puts Arts & Lectures on par with some of the greatest arts and cultural institutions in the nation. We are grateful for this support, which will enable us to continue to present innovative new works and programming of the highest caliber.”
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. In this funding cycle, the NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 were recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.
Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures is the largest arts and lectures presenting organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Now in its 55th season, Arts & Lectures annually presents more than a hundred events featuring world-renowned performing artists and speakers at UCSB and Santa Barbara-area venues. With a mission to “educate, entertain and inspire,” A&L also oversees award-winning education and outreach programs.