More Than $82 Million Awarded for Arts Projects Nationwide
Includes $10,000 awarded to Fall for the Book
Fairfax, Virginia—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $10,000 to Fall for the Book to promote reading by sponsoring a variety of year-round events and activities, the flagship of which is the Fall for the Book festival held this year from October 10-14th, 2017 at George Mason University and locations around Northern Virginia. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants.
“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said Chairman Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as Fall for the Book in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”
This year, the Fall for the Book festival will host 150 speakers, including National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winning-author Colson Whitehead of The Underground Railroad; national bestseller Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians trilogy, now a hit show on the Syfy channel; and Mohsin Hamid, the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Exit West and The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Other major writers include novelist Jennine Capó Crucet, poet Ellen Bryant Voigt, nonfiction writer David Shields, novelist Karan Mahajan, and poet Tarfia Faizullah. For a full list of the authors, including YA and children’s writers, historians, poets, novelists, historians and more, visit www.fallforthebook.org.
Help share the good news by using #FallfortheBook and #NEASpring17 on social media. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov