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May 10, 2016

$807,000 awarded locally to arts organizations; William Penn statue to be restored

Grants Arts & Culture
Philadelphia City Hall Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Philadelphia City Hall

A federal agency has given over $800,000 to 32 local arts organizations and the city of Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney's Office announced Tuesday.

The grants were provided by the National Endowment for the Arts to further learning, creativity and engagement for people nationwide, according to the agency.

The city was awarded $25,000, which will be used to restore the statue of William Penn.

“We are not only excited to be a recipient of an NEA grant for the restoration of the William Penn sculpture atop of City Hall, but also to be in the company of such a diverse group of arts organization awardees,” said Kelly Lee, Chief Cultural Officer for the city of Philadelphia. “The creative work of all of these NEA grant recipients will benefit every neighborhood in the city of Philadelphia.”

Local organizations received $807,000 of the nearly $82.5 million awarded to fund 1,148 projects nationally.

“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting Philadelphia’s vibrant arts community offers residents and visitors more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

Here's a complete list of organizations that received grants:

• Asian Arts Initiative – $30,000

• Barnes Foundation – $30,000

• Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Inc. – $10,000

• City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – $25,000

• City Parks Institute of Philadelphia (aka City Parks Association) – $20,000

• Community Design Collaborative of Philadelphia (aka Community Design Collaborative) – $30,000

• Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (aka CCAHA) – $20,000

• COSACOSA art at large, Inc. – $30,000

• Cultural Data Project (aka DataArts) – $12,000

• Curtis Institute of Music – $30,000

• Dolce Suono Chamber Music Concert Series (aka Dolce Suono Ensemble) – $10,000

• Fairmount Park Art Association (aka aPA) – $30,000

• Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School (aka FACTS) – $25,000

• Friends of Independence National Historical Park – $20,000

• Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance – $30,000

• HACE Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises (aka HACE) – $25,000

• Nichole Canuso Dance Company- $10,000

• Partners for Sacred Places, Inc. – $25,000

• Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (aka PAFA) – $30,000

• Pennsylvania Humanities Council – $45,000

• Philadelphia Clef Club of the Performing Arts – $25,000

• Philadelphia Dance Projects – $10,000

• Philadelphia Orchestra Association (aka The Philadelphia Orchestra) – $75,000

• Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts – $10,000

• Philadelphia Young Playwrights – $35,000

• Rock School for Dance Education (aka The Rock School) – $10,000

• Scribe Video Center, Inc. – $25,000

• Settlement Music School of Philadelphia (aka Settlement Music School) – $45,000

• Taller Puertorriqueno, Inc. (aka Taller Puertorriqueno) – $20,000

• Three Aksha – $10,000

• Tiny WPA – $20,000

• Village of Arts and Humanities Inc. (aka the Village) – $25,000

• Walnut Street Theatre Corporation (aka Walnut Street Theatre, The Walnut, WST) – $10,000