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Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Receives $30,000 NEA Grant Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Receives $30,000 NEA Grant <div class="ExternalClass896BA772548C4D2DBAF3AEDC4B9857F9"><p>​</p><p>Phoenix, AZ -- National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $30,000 to the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture to develop a Neighborhood Arts Program.  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.</p><p> </p><p>"The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "Supporting projects like the one from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day." </p><p> </p><p>The Phoenix Neighborhood Arts program will make grants available, through a competitive process, for arts-based projects that arise from community needs throughout the City of Phoenix.  The program will encourage partnerships between artists, cultural and heritage organizations, businesses and neighborhood community groups, bringing them together to make proposals for temporary or permanent projects.  </p><p> </p><p>According to Councilwoman Laura Pastor, chair of the Parks, Arts, Transparency and Education subcommittee, "The Neighborhood Arts Program will enable the Office of Arts and Culture to foster creative partnerships in our City, strengthening community involvement and building the capacity of residents to cultivate healthier and safer neighborhoods through arts-centric programs."</p><p> </p><p>For more information about 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> and Twitter @phxarts_culture.</p><p> </p><p>To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use <strong>#NEASpring16. </strong>For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov</p></div>5/10/2016 7:00:00 AMMatthew HamadaGail Browne602-262-6213