Rochester, NY—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to BOA Editions, Ltd. to support the publication and promotion of poetry and short fiction collections. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to BOA Editions, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.”
"The NEA plays a crucial role in supporting the arts in America," said BOA Publisher Peter Conners. "BOA is proud to be among the NEA recipients whose work enriches, informs, and enlightens our entire country and shares the best of our creative minds with the world."
The $10,000 grant will support the publication of ten books in BOA’s 2018 season. Planned books include new works by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Kai Carlson-Wee, Ryan Habermeyer, Erika Meitner, Matthew Vollmer, Christopher Kennedy, Laura Read, and Hugh Martin, as well as a special e-book edition of Lucille Clifton's Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of its publication. Books will be promoted to a wide and diverse audience through author tours, readings, and events across the country.For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.