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The O’Shaughnessy awarded NEA grant for Women of Substance

“The Soul’s Messenger: Celebrating 50 Years of New Music” with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble is scheduled for April 15 at The O’Shaughnessy.
“The Soul’s Messenger: Celebrating 50 Years of New Music” with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble is scheduled for April 15 at The O’Shaughnessy.
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This week, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $10,000 to The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University.

This marks the third consecutive year that The O’Shaughnessy has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts for support of its Women of Substance series.

“These artists are change-makers who challenge the status quo, make us look at the world in new ways, drive us toward a deeper understanding of ourselves and spur our own sense of purpose and action,” says Kathleen Spehar, director of The O’Shaughnessy.

With the grant support, The O’Shaughnessy will co-present with the Walker Art Center, “The Soul’s Messenger,” Meredith Monk's 50th anniversary celebration concert on April 15, 2016. The celebration includes a mini-residency with a public discussion at the Walker and performance at The O'Shaughnessy.

“The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from The O’Shaughnessy offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day,” says NEA Chairman Jane Chu.

The NEA’s Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. Out of the 1,126 projects funded nationwide, 37 Minnesota organizations were among the grantees, with awards ranging from $10,000–$90,000.

In its first 50 years, the NEA awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEAFall15. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov.

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Dec. 10, 2015 by Sharon Rolenc

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