|Stimulus Funding for the Arts in Nevada|
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced on April 10, 2009, the awarding of $19.8 million in one-time grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 to state arts agencies and regional arts organizations in support of the arts sector of the economy. This funding was intended to act as a bridge of support to help the national arts industry weather the immediate economic storm while continuing to fulfill their artistic and public service goals.
The Nevada Arts Council (NAC) received $300,500 from the NEA - $250,500 to distribute through grants in support of jobs in Nevada’s arts industry and $50,000 to support two contracted positions: one that manages the Nevada Touring Initiative, a statewide program in jeopardy that provides visual arts exhibits and writers in residence throughout the state, and one to manage the SNAP Grant Program and help with NAC ongoing grants management.
ARTS GROUPS REPORT ON STIMULUS FUNDING
Final reports noted that SNAP grants supported 12 full-time positions, eight part-time positions and 236 contracts with artists and other professionals in the creative workforce. SNAP grantees reported that in FY10 ARRA funding supported a cumulative of 12,315 hours worked on arts and cultural programs available to Nevadans and visitors to the state. The two positions at NAC supported with stimulus funding charged ARRA for 933.22 hours of work.
Susan Boskoff, NAC executive director commented, “These federal stimulus dollars absolutely saved jobs and programs in Nevada’s cultural industry, which in turn provided access to cultural programs that might have disappeared. The SNAP Program demonstrated the power of public/private initiatives as well as the commitment of Nevada’s arts sector to provide solutions to our state’s economic challenges. It’s a shame that we cannot continue this program in FY11.”
In detailed quarterly reports, required of all ARRA grantees, SNAP recipients provided both anecdotal and budget information on their use of this vital funding. Several reports are included below:
CHURCHILL ARTS COUNCIL Fallon $10,000
CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER Las Vegas $10,000
MASTERWORKS CHORALE Reno $6,295
SNAP GRANT REVIEW PROCESS
Tim Jones, board chair, commented on the review process, "The SNAP applications revealed the remarkable breadth of arts and cultural programming that Arts Council grantees provide to communities throughout our state. The Arts Council Board certainly could have awarded funding many times over the amount available. In the end, we recognized those applicants that presented a clear and compelling case, and a commitment to employ these precious dollars judiciously."
FOUR NEVADA ARTS GROUPS RECEIVE DIRECT ARRA GRANTS