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Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture to Receive National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture to Receive National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions <div class="ExternalClass5C3822E61BBB4706ACE380902CAFEF77"><p>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has received a $6,000 Preservation Assistance grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will support hiring a professional conservator to conduct the first-ever preservation assessment of the City of Phoenix Municipal Art Collection. The assessment is an important step in conserving the City's historic collection of artworks. The grant will also help provide training to improve the handling, display and storage of works in the collection.</p><p>Begun in 1915 with funds contributed by Phoenix school children, the Woman's Club of Phoenix, the Chamber of Commerce and many private citizens, the City of Phoenix Municipal Art Collection is one of Arizona's most historic cultural assets. It was the region's first permanent holding of art made freely accessible to the public. In the past century, it has grown from a single painting (Carl Oscar Borg's <em>Egyptian Evening) </em>bought at the Arizona State Fair to 1,000 works in a wide range of media, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and Native American weavings, ceramics, baskets and sculptures.</p><p>“An important part of building a vibrant arts and culture scene in Phoenix is maintaining the public art that we already have,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.  The NEH Preservation Assistance grant will enable our Office of Arts and Culture to advance efforts to conserve the public’s art for future residents of our city to enjoy.”</p><p>Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. </p><p>"With these grants, the National Endowment for the Humanities continues its 50-year tradition of supporting excellence in the humanities," said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. "From scholarly books and humanities programs on college campuses to new digital humanities resources and preservation efforts at local museums, the projects receiving funding today will reach deeply into communities and expand access to our shared cultural heritage."      </p><p>The NEH will award $21.8 million in grants to support 295 projects in 46 states and the District of Columbia in this funding round. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: <a href="http://www.neh.gov/">www.neh.gov</a>. </p><p> Celebrating its 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary in 2015, The Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission was established by the Phoenix City Council in 1985 to advance the growth and development of the city's arts and cultural community. For more information about it and the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture visit phoenix.gov/arts, call 602-262-4637, or follow the Office of Arts and Culture on Facebook: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Phxofficeofartsandculture">www.facebook.com/Phxofficeofartsandculture</a>.</p><p>To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use @phxarts_culture. </p></div>12/14/2015 11:00:00 PMEdward LebowGail Browne602-495-0197