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Artist Trust Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grant

For Immediate Release:

Seattle, WA – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that Artist Trust has been awarded $20,000 to support Artist Trust’s Creative Career Center, a comprehensive suite of professional training programs for artists of all disciplines in Washington State.

The NEA’s Acting Chairman, Joan Shigekawa, announced last week that Artist Trust is among 886 nonprofit organizations in the United States to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Artist Trust is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support its Creative Career Center, which offers professional development tools and career training Washington State artists in all disciplines.

Chairman Shigekawa said, “The NEA is pleased to announce that Artist Trust is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation’s artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape.”

“This marks the 15th consecutive year Artist Trust has received grants from the NEA. The NEA award is important recognition of the work we do. It strengthens our ability to support artists in Washington State to create work and enrich our communities culturally and economically,” Susan Wagner, Artist Trust Board President, commented earlier today.

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received over 1,500 eligible applications for the Art Works category. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.

To read the NEA press release and to see a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website.

Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in Washington State artists since its founding in 1986, through grant programs and direct support. Artist Trust also provides a comprehensive suite of career training and professional development resources to help artists achieve their career goals.

Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Find out more at

Major supporters of Artist Trust include many individual donors along with: 4Culture, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Amazon, ArtsFund, ArtsWA, The Boeing Company, The Dale & Leslie Chihuly Foundation, The Klorfine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Raynier Institute & Foundation, Seattle Art Fair, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Jon & Mary Shirley Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and Vulcan Inc.