In its first 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. Last month, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $10,000 to the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO). This grant will
enable the NRO to expand and diversify their audiences and to provide opportunities for individuals to experience classical music through a wide range of events and activities.
The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "The arts are part of our everyday lives - no matter who you are or where you live - they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from the National Repertory Orchestra offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day."
A central mission of the National Repertory Orchestra is education. Each Year, the National Repertory Orchestra's Education & Community Engagement Outreach programs provide musical opportunities for children and adults, featuring small groups of NRO musicians explaining their instruments and performing chamber works. For symphony orchestras to survive and thrive, musicians need to be advocates for classical music in all aspects of life, especially by being active and volunteering in their communities. Programs include free chamber music events throughout the community, music therapy at the local hospital, senior center and adult day care center and children's music programs at the local libraries and preschools.
Doug Adams, CEO of the National Repertory Orchestra noted, "We are delighted that the National Endowment for the Arts has once again recognized the value and importance of the National Repertory Orchestra's mission." With the NEA's support, the orchestra is looking forward to their 57th Summer Festival, June 11 through July 29, 2016.