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Grant part of NEA announcement of 788 Art Works grants and $24.81 million in funding nationwide

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced this week the Michigan State University Museum is one of 788 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

MSU Museum is recommended for two grants totaling $80,000 to support work of the Michigan Traditional Arts Program. One grant is aimed at strengthening the state's folklife through fieldwork and targeted documentation of traditional artists and folk arts events; use new and existing documentation to enhance online web resources; and develop social media tools to connect folk artists, audiences, and other cultural workers. The second provides support for the Michigan Heritage Awards and Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, which research, document and share traditional arts and expressive culture of Michigan.

aerial viewThe 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and 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 the strengthening of communities through the arts.

Chairman Landesman said, “The arts should be a part of everyday life. Whether it’s seeing a performance, visiting a gallery, participating in an art class, or simply taking a walk around a neighborhood enhanced by public art, these grants are ensuring that across the nation, the public is able to experience how art works.”

The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications under the Art Workscategory for this round of funding, requesting more than $78 million in funding. For a complete listing of projectsrecommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at

The Michigan State University Museum is the natural science and culture museum at Michigan State University and the state’s first Smithsonian affiliate. The Museum features three floors of special collections and changing exhibits and is open seven days with admission by donation.  The MSU Museum is located at 409 West Circle Drive next to Beaumont Tower on the MSU campus in East Lansing and is accessible to persons with disabilities.  Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.  

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