Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $75,000 to Children’s Theatre Company supporting the development and production of three new theatre works for young audiences, including the production of Corduroy which opens March 9, 2018 and two new commissions. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to Children’s Theatre Company are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.”
“We are thrilled the NEA Chairman has approved Children’s Theatre Company for this Art Works grant,” stated Managing Director Kimberly Motes. “The investment by the NEA is critical for our ability to develop and create new work for multigenerational audiences. We are grateful to everyone at the NEA for this important endorsement of our mission and vision.”
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news. CTC looks forward to working with the NEA to finalize the grant paperwork and are appreciative of the agency’s support for this project.
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for multigenerational audiences. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire for nearly 275,000 people annually. CTC is the only theatre focused on young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony® nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to producing world class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for young audiences.
CTC’s engagement and learning programs annually serve more than 85,000 students ages 2-18 through Theatre Arts Training, student matinees, Bridges, and early childhood arts education programs that bring students to the theatre and bring teaching artists into the classroom. The ACT One program is CTC’s comprehensive platform for access, diversity and inclusion in our audiences, programs, staff, and board that strives to ensure the theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community. www.childrenstheatre.org