National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Sculpture Space, Inc. is one of 895 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Sculpture Space, Inc. is recommended for a grant to support their international artist residency program.
Acting Chairman Shigekawa said,"The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the arts."
“Sculpture Space is delighted and honored by our award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art — we look forward to continuing to bring exceptional artists and extraordinary art to Utica as we have done since 1976.” said Sculpture Space Executive Director Monika Burczyk
Art Works grants 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 enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $ 23.4 million.
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.
About Sculpture Space – Sculpture Space is an international artist in residence program, one of the only of its kind in North America. Work created at Sculpture Space is subsequently shown in museums, sculpture parks and galleries around the globe. Sculpture Space is a recent recipient of the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award for its non-profit category.
A unique cultural resource within the City of Utica, the Mohawk Valley and Upstate New York, Sculpture Space promotes interaction between international visiting artists and the local community through installations in public spaces, studio tours and collaborations with other organizations to realize artists' projects. Eighteen national and international artists are accepted each year to enjoy two-month residencies, receiving stipends to offset materials and travel costs, subsidized housing, 24-hour access to the studio and technical assistance. The program is in part made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties Inc., area foundations, corporations and generous friends. For more information on Sculpture Space, please call 315-724-8381.