The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in its first round of grants funding for fiscal 2001, has awarded 825 grants totaling $20.45 million. Of those grants, 213 worth nearly $5.9 million (compared to $5.6 million last year) went to arts groups in the State of New York, with grants of $50,000 or more going to organizations primarily located in New York City.
The new funds were primarily in the form of creativity grants, formerly known as grants for creation and presentation, with 718 of those grants totaling $16.3 million. The other funding was for organizational capacity (60 grants worth nearly $2.3 million) and leadership initiatives (seven grants for just over $1 million).
In New York, the major receivers included Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater ($100,000); American Symphony Orchestra League ($140,000); Chamber Music America, Inc. ($100,000); Meet the Composer, Inc. ($100,000); Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc. ($100,000); New York City Ballet, Inc. ($100,000); and Theatre Communications Group ($110,000).
Forty-two theatres in New York received funding. Those receiving $25,000 or more were GeVa Theatre in Rochester ($25,000); Group I Acting Company ($25,000); La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club ($30,000); Lincoln Center Theatre's Vivian Beaumont Theatre ($56,000); Mabou Mines ($25,000); National Black Touring Circuit ($30,000); New Federal Theatre ($25,000); New York Shakespeare Festival ($55,000); New York Theatre Workshop ($32,000); Ontological-Hysteric Theater ($25,000); Playwrights Horizons ($40,000); Signature Theatre Company ($30,000); Vineyard Theatre ($26,000).
Theatres around the nation which garnered grants of $50,000 or more included Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. ($50,000); Berkeley Repertory Theatre ($75,000); Center Stage Associates in Baltimore ($50,000); Goodman Theatre in Chicago ($65,000); Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis ($55,000); Mark Taper Forum ($50,000); McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ ($55,000); Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland ($70,000); San Diego Repertory Theatre ($60,000); Seattle Repertory Theatre ($57,000); Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. ($80,000); Universal Musical Society, Ann Arbor, MI ($50,000).