Wednesday, December 16, 2009

VCCA receives NEA Grants


VCCA has just been awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Both projects support the core mission of providing residential fellowships to artists and extend the mission to allow those residencies to be offered for no cost to the artist.

One project is a collaboration with Cave Canem, the association of African American poets, founded by VCCA Fellows Cornelius Eady and Toi Derricotte. This project will provide two-week residencies for seven Cave Canem Fellows in June 2010.

Another project provides fellowships and stipends to four artists of limited financial means and to four artists of minority ethnic heritage. These fellowships will be offered to artists who have never been in residence at VCCA.

Jacqueline Jones LaMon (left) and Natasha Marin (right), both Cave Canem poets pictured at the VCCA gazebo with Porochista Khakpour (center) during a pilot program at the VCCA in June 2009. (photo by Karen Bell)

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