Pingree Announces $150,000 to Support Maine’s Creative Economy
Nine arts projects in Maine’s First Congressional Districts were awarded funding through the National Endowment of the Arts in the first round of FY2022 funding
Washington, January 11, 2022
Tags: Supporting the Arts
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced $150,000 in National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) grants for nine Maine arts projects in the First Congressional District.
“I’m thrilled the National Endowment for the Arts is once again investing in Maine’s vibrant creative economy,” said Congresswoman Pingree, co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus and Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment, which oversees funding for the NEA. “From the performing arts to youth writing programs, these federal grants will go a long way to support Maine artists, which why I have long fought to increase this funding as chair of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee.”
Salt Bay Chamberfest—$15,000
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts—$35,000
Alyssa Dinega Gillespie—$10,000
Palaver Strings Inc.—$20,000
Portland Stage Company, Inc.—$10,000
Points North Institute (aka Camden International Film Festival (CIFF))—$20,000
Seal Bay Festival—$10,000
These awards are among the 1,498 grants totaling nearly $33.2 million the NEA is awarding in the first round of funding for fiscal year 2022. Grants for Arts Projects funding spans 15 artistic disciplines and reaches communities in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
The NEA is also providing separate grants through the American Rescue Plan which provide funding to the arts sector for rebuilding and recovery due to COVID-19. Funding to regional, state, and local arts agencies was announced last year. The next round of ARP funding for arts organizations will be announced later in January 2022.