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Fairfax Arts Programs Receive Federal Grants

Seven local organizations involved in the arts and literature are receiving a total of $230,000 in federal grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11) said.

Connolly said each dollar the NEA awards in federal funding, on average generates $9 from non-federal sources. He said the grants, which support projects that involve the creation and presentation of artistically-excellent work, were awarded by the NEA after a competitive process.

Connolly said the organizations in Fairfax County receiving the federal matching grants are:

  • Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna: $60,000 to support professional training programs for singers and fully-staged opera performances; and $15,000 to support the radio series "Center Stage from Wolf Trap."

  • George Mason University in Fairfax: $25,000 to support a randomized, controlled trial examining the effects of visual arts, music, and dance therapy on the emotional and cognitive functioning of older adults.

  • Arts Council of Fairfax County in Fairfax: $40,000 to support the Global Arts Grant Initiative, a program designed to fund diverse cultural arts projects.

  • American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras in Annandale: $10,000 to support the Chamber Ensemble Program.

  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs in Fairfax: $75,000 to support the 2015 conference in Minneapolis; the Job List, Writer's Calendar, and other online services; and the publication and promotion of "The Writer's Chronicle."

  • Fall for the Book in Fairfax: $10,000 to support the 2014 Fall for the Book.

In this round of FY 2014 grants, the NEA has awarded grants to 900 organizations in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Projects include commissions, residencies, rehearsals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals, training programs and literature fellowships.