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Phoenix Office Of Arts And Culture To Receive National Endownment For The Arts Grant Award For ArtBuildPhoenix Office Of Arts And Culture To Receive National Endownment For The Arts Grant Award For ArtBuild<div class="ExternalClassF8AFC3EBC7524E3D9F2766E11D92147D"><p>In its second major grant announcement of 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will award a $30,000 Art Works grant to the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture to support ArtsBuild, a STEAM-based arts learning program that employs public art projects to engage Phoenix residents of all ages in the creative and collaborative process of designing and building a modern city. Through a series of community workshops, ArtsBuild will focus on each of the five areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). The workshops will feature teaching artists and public art project design team members in activities that deepen understanding of how art, architecture, landscape design, construction and engineering unite to create public art and other large-scale city projects. </p><p>Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the NEA promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.</p><p>"The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "Funding these new projects like ArtsBuild represents an investment in both local communities and our nation's creative vitality."</p><p>"The NEA Art Works grant will enable our office to bring the ArtsBuild program to a wide range of communities and neighborhoods throughout the city of Phoenix," said Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Executive Director Gail Browne. "Through ArtsBuild we will partner with other city departments, local businesses, schools and community centers to demonstrate how arts and culture help to define our communities and cultivate the communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills that lead to innovation."</p><p>To follow the conversation about this announcement on Twitter use #NEASpring2015 as the hashtag. For more information about the projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit <a href="http://arts.gov/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">arts.gov</span></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 the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, visit <a href="/arts"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">phoenix.gov/arts</span></a>, call 602-262-4637 or TTY 602-534-5500, or follow the Office of Arts and Culture on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Facebook</span></a> or Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/phxarts_culture"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">@phxarts_culture</span></a>.</p></div>5/6/2015 7:00:00 AMAshley Hare602-262-6161