AFI, Kushner top NEA list of big money recipients

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded $ 53 million in grants Monday, with New York and California collectively receiving about $ 15 million.

California received 183 grants adding up to $ 5,592,117, while New York captured 253 grants totaling $ 9,235,895.

The American Film Institute was one of the largest individual recipients, with three grants totaling $ 2.3 million, for projects including film preservation and an independent filmmakers’ program.

$ 260,000 total

There were 13 grants totaling $ 260,000 given to playwrights, including $ 17, 000 to Tony Kushner, who recently was awarded a Pulitzer for his play “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.”

The play was originally workshopped in Los Angeles and recently ran at the Mark Taper Forum. It’s in previews at the Walter Kerr Theater on Broadway.

The grants also included $ 2 million for visual arts orgs, $ 1.7 million for the care of museum collections, $ 1 million to seven city and county arts agencies and $ 1.6 million for folk arts organizations.

The endowment awarded 69 new literary publishing grants worth $ 1.1 million to literary magazines, small presses and distributors.

‘Continues partnership’

“This latest round of grants continues our partnership with the American people,” said Ana Steele, the endowment’s acting senior deputy chairman.

“Our collaborations with state and local funders not only provide greater access to a variety of cultural offerings in every corner of the country, but these awards also serve as seed money, increasing private support for the arts and contributing in a large way to a community’s economic vitality.”

Since the new awards are matching grants, they will likely generate an additional $ 500 million in matching funds from the private sector. The endowment’s total grant budget for this year is $ 150 million.

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