Theater Grottesco Receives NEA grant

- November 18, 2011

“Company to re-mount 'This is Life as We Know It'…”

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman today announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country encompassing 15 artistic disciplines and fields. Santa Fe’s Theater Grottesco is one of the grantees and will receive $10,000.00 to support the re-mounting of This is Life as We Know It. The grant awards support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

“Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA,” said Landesman. “And I’m pleased to see that principle represented through the 823 Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.”

Speaking of being chosen by NEA in this manner, Theater Grottesco Artistic Director, John Flax said, “We are delighted to have the support of the NEA for this project. These grants are meant as a national seal of approval designed to help non-profits raise additional funds. We are honored to be receiving our 13th NEA grant and are excited about the remounting of one of our favorite productions from repertoire, and our first full-length piece created in Santa Fe.”

In March 2011, the NEA received 1,686 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $84 million in funding. The resulting funding rate of 49 percent of eligible applications reflects both the significant demand for support and the ongoing vitality of the not-for-profit arts community, despite current financial challenges. Art Works grants are awarded based on the applications received by the NEA and how those applications are assessed by the review panels.