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NMA given fast-track grant
by Tribune Staff
Dec 11, 2011 | 592 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — As National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman has noted, “Art works everywhere,” which is why the NEA’s Challenge America Fast-Track (CAFT) program supports projects from primarily small and mid-sized arts organizations that extend the reach of the arts to underserved audiences —those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.

The Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) has been selected to receive one of the 162 grants of $10,000 awarded to organizations in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to support the upcoming exhibition “The Way We Live: American Indian Art of the Great Basin featuring works by Native American artists.

“Taken together, these Challenge America Fast-Track grants provide an extraordinary sampling of the work that arts organizations do to reach underserved communities,” said Chairman Landesman. “With these grants, we are helping to ensure that art works for all Americans.”

The program is called fast-track because of its expedited review timeline. The Nevada Museum of Art was notified about six months after applying. Also, with 375 eligible applications submitted from across the country, there was significant competition for funding for these grants. NMA’s grant award is evidence of the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the upcoming exhibition “The Way We Live: American Indian Art of the Great Basin.”

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. To join the discussion on how art works, visit

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