NEA Grants: How Does Austin Stack Up?

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On Tuesday, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the first round of 2013 grants. The NEA will award 832 grants totaling $23.3 million through its Art Works funding category.

Two Austin classical music organizations are among the grantees: the Austin Lyric Opera will receive $15,000 in support of its April 2013 production of Faust, a modern setting of the classic tale; and Ballet Austin will receive $10,000 in support of Snow White, a one-act ballet choreographed by Nellie van Bommel for Ballet Austin II dancers.

Other Austin grant recipients include: Tapestry Dance Company ($10,000); Badgerdog Literary Publishing ($10,000); Austin Film Society ($20,000); and ZACH Theatre ($30,000).

As one of fifteen local arts agencies nationwide, The City of Austin’s Cultural Affairs Division will receive $45,000 in support of “a cultural tourism plan and training program for arts and cultural organizations” and to form a “Tourism Task Force.” This is one of the steps described in the City’s CreateAustin cultural master plan written in 2009.

But we’re not quite done yet. Austin-based poet Jill Alexander Essbaum is one of 40 poets to receive a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship and New York City’s New Victory Theater will receive $70,000 for bringing four works to the stage, including Austinite Jason Neulander’s critically acclaimed The Intergalactic Nemesis.

Austin in context

Austin appeared to have done quite well with seven grantees in the Art Works category and grants totaling $140,000. The Austin metropolitan area is home to approximately 0.56% of the US population, yet it received 0.84% of the grants (and 0.60% of the dollars).

In Texas, Austin is one of seven cities with organizations to receive grants. Houston leads the way with 16 grants ($490,500), followed by Dallas with 6 grants ($190,000), San Antonio with 2 grants ($85,000), Fort Worth with 2 grants ($37,500), El Paso with 1 grant ($27,000) and Marfa with 1 grant ($25,000).

Texas as a whole, representing 8.14% of the US population, didn’t do quite as well with just 4.21% of the grants and 4.27% of the dollars allocated to organizations throughout the state.


Read the full NEA grant announcement here. 

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