(WASHINGTON) – Today, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) announced $185,000 in grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for prominent artistic and cultural institutions in Detroit. Specifically, the NEA provided $30,000 in grant funding to the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan to support an arts and culture marketing initiative focusing on music journalism, $75,000 in grant funding for the Detroit Institute of Arts for an exhibition entitled “Art of American Dance,” $50,000 in grant funding to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall to support solo orchestra performances and educational activities, and $30,000 in grant funding to the Michigan Opera Theatre to support performances of “A View from the Bridge.” After the grant recipients were made public, Rep. Conyers issued the following statement:
John Conyers, Jr.
"I am so pleased that the National Endowment for the Arts has recognized the robust art scene in metropolitan Detroit, and awarded four of our prominent cultural institutions grant funding to build on our artistic heritage. I can think of no institutions more deserving than the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall, the Michigan Opera Theatre, and the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan,” said Conyers.
“In particular, these grants will fund an exhibition on the ‘Art of American Dance’ at the Detroit Institute of Arts, orchestra performances at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall, multiple performances of ‘A View from the Bridge’ at the Michigan Opera Theatre, and a program by the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan to increase artistic awareness in metropolitan Detroit. All of these publicly financed grants are matched with private contributions, and generate - on average - $9 from private sources for every $1 in NEA grant funding. These awards are both a boost to our local economy and a boon to our growing artistic community. I thank the NEA for the important work they conduct and I applaud them for their commitment to preserving and emboldening Detroit’s cultural legacy.”Voting is beautiful, be beautiful ~ vote.©