Broward Cultural Division Receives NEA "Art Works" Grant to Support Professional Development in the Arts
Grant part of NEA announcement of 788 Art Works grants and $24.81 million in funding nationwide


Art Works

DATE: May 2, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Jody Horne-Leshinsky,
Broward County Cultural Division
PHONE: 954-357-7463

National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman recently announced that Broward County Cultural Division is one of 788 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA “Art Works” grant. Broward County was one of 16 recipients in the State of Florida.

Broward Cultural Division will receive a highly-competitive $40,000 grant under NEA’s 'Local Arts Agency' Field, to support the Creative Artist Advancement Program (CAAP), an initiative providing grants to local artists. The competitive peer review process will select creative artist-led projects that are designed to engage artistically underserved communities and provide lifelong learning activities for youth and adults.
The 788 “Art Works” grants total $24.81 million and support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

CAAP targets individual artists, and adults and youth who frequent parks, libraries, human service or community centers in revitalization areas and low income neighborhoods. The goals are to increase the number of creative artist-led projects and to provide artists with specialized professional development that focuses on tools and techniques for working in neighborhood settings. Activities will include: Arts Education Workshops; Professional Development for Artists; and Public Art Demonstration Projects.

Chairman Landesman said, “The arts should be a part of everyday life. Whether it’s seeing a performance, visiting a gallery, participating in an art class, or simply taking a walk around a neighborhood enhanced by public art, these grants are ensuring that across the nation, the public is able to experience how art works.”

The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications under the “Art Works” category for this round of funding, requesting more than $78 million in funding. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at

“The Division is pleased to receive national support on behalf of Broward County artists, not-for-profit cultural organizations, and the low income neighborhoods that will receive cultural services,” says Mary A, Becht, director, Broward Cultural Division. “Professional Development for our local artists strengthens our core services and mission, to enhance the community’s cultural environment through the development of the arts.”

Broward County is home to more than 6,000 arts-related businesses that employ more than 23,000 people. For further information on this grant award, contact
Grace Kewl-Durfey, 954-357-7869.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established in 1965 as an independent agency
of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to
support artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of
individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships
with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies,
and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at

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