Of the more than $82 million awarded for arts projects nationwide in the National Endowment for The Arts’ second round for FY17,a $12,000 Art Works grant has been awarded to Chicago’s Pivot Arts. As a four year-old organization, Pivot Arts only recently became eligible to apply to the NEA for funding, and this national recognition marks a major step forward for the organization.
The grant will go towards funding a fall performance that takes place in the form of a site-specific tour in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood and highlights the stories of diverse residents. Pivot Arts was recognized for its multidisciplinary focus and the project will include artists from several performance disciplines. Devon de Mayo, a director who focuses on devised works, will direct.
The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Fifty-two grants were awarded in Illinois. “The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as Pivot Arts, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”
“We are thrilled to receive this much needed support and recognition of our work from the National Endowment for the Arts,” stated Pivot Arts director, Julieanne Ehre.
A home for innovative music, theater and dance on Chicago’s far north side, Pivot Arts develops new work and present performances throughout the year culminating in a large-scale, multi-arts festival. The organization promotes a vision of a vibrant community where unique collaborations between artists, businesses and organizations lead to the support and creation of innovative performance events. For more information about Pivot Arts, visit www.pivotarts.org.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Pivot Arts in Chicago's Uptown and Edgewater communities has been awarded a $12,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (photo courtesy of Pivot Arts).