Act One Receives NEA Grant
Act One Receives Federal and State Funding for Field Trips
Act One recently received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and an $18,000 grant from Arizona Commission on the Arts. Both grants will help support Act One's field trip program, which this years has capacity to bring more than 42,000 students on arts field trips.
“We're pleased that public funders recognize the importance of arts in education and choose to support Act One's efforts to give students outstanding arts experiences," says Geri Wright, executive director of Act One. "Public funding makes a statement about the value of the arts to society and equal access for all its members."
The National Endowment for the Arts grant was awarded in the spring 2017 competitive grant cycle through the NEA’s Art Works, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works funding category. The NEA grant description states, “Students from Title 1 schools will experience arts learning opportunities through educational field trips …. The program will be an opportunity for partnering arts organizations, such as the Phoenix Symphony and Ballet Arizona, to build new audiences.”
Geri Wright acknowledged the significance of the NEA grant: “This is our first NEA grant and a milestone for our growing organization. The grant affirms Act One’s impact on the education of the students we serve and the future vitality of our arts partners.”
On July 20, 2017, the Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA) announced an $18,000 Community Investment Grant for Act One field trips. Through the ACA’s competitive grant process, the state of Arizona invested $2,354,500 in the arts for Fiscal Year 2018. ACA states its Community Investment Grants “provide operating support to nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies and tribal cultural organizations whose mission is to produce, present, teach or serve the arts.”
This school year, Act One will partner with teachers at more than 130 schools to teach their students about the arts and use the arts to enhance the curriculum. Act One field trips will enable 42,000 students from schools that serve lower-income families to experience the arts. “We are truly grateful for the level of funding we receive from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and we applaud the state’s commitment to the arts in education,” said Geri Wright.
Public funding strengthens the arts and arts education. In addition, grants from NEA and ACA stimulate funding from other sources and promote sustainability. NEA’s award announcement recognizes its grants attract additional funding for recipients: “The value of NEA funding is not only its monetary impact but also its reputation. An NEA grant confers a seal of approval, allowing an organization to attract other public and private funds beyond the required 1:1 match.”