February 8, 2018 – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to Artist Trust for administering business practices programs for artists throughout Washington State. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to Artist Trust, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” says NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities, and connections the arts bring.”
“Serving artists is at the heart of what guides Artist Trust. Artists know how to create, provoke, and innovate with their work, but rare are the resources that help artists develop the skills needed to manage the ‘business side’ of being an artist,” says Artist Trust CEO Shannon Halberstadt. “By incorporating the voices of those we serve into our programming, especially targeting historically underserved artists in rural communities and communities of color, we are able to better meet artists’ specific and evolving needs to create a more equitable landscape for artist funding and business training access. We thank the National Endowment for the Arts for their support of our statewide business practices programs.”
As one of the few non-profits in the U.S. to directly support artists, Artist Trust offers unique resources such as unrestricted grants and business practices programs, which address artist career training by providing modular workshops, educational resources, free programs, scholarships, and subsidized tuition to ensure broad participation in professional development activities. Components of the business practices programs will be delivered throughout 2018 with the goal of serving 1,700 Washington State artists. The projected 70 statewide programs will increase artists’ entrepreneurial skills to help them tackle economic challenges and grow their careers, so they can continue creating and presenting work that enriches the cultural landscape of the Pacific Northwest.
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
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 www.artisttrust.org.