CHICAGO—National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $35,000 to Cinema/Chicago to support the 55th Chicago International Film Festival’s community engagement programs such as free screenings, panels, workshops, and master classes open to the public, as well as a series of screenings for Chicago-area public school students. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 972 grants in this category.
“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
“The NEA has been a long time supporter of the Chicago International Film Festival and the work we do to bring the transformative power of movies to Chicago audiences and students throughout our community,” states Managing Director Vivian Teng. “Now more than ever, we need the arts to inspire us, to bring our communities together, and to cultivate empathy for other world views. We are very appreciative of their continued dedication to the arts and our upcoming 55th edition in October.”
The 55th Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 16-27, 2019. For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.