Jazz fans, musicians, school groups and the community will all benefit from a grant awarded to ArtsQuest Tuesday.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant, worth $50,000, will be used to support a variety of ArtsQuest jazz programs throughout the year, including the 2013 Jazz Cabaret Stage at Musikfest, the 2014 RiverJazz festival, and the Steelstacks High School Jazz Band Showcase.
ArtsQuest also plans to use the funds to present jazz workshops at area schools and community organizations.
"This Art Works grant, along with the support of our jazz programming partners such as Concannon Miller and King Spry, will allow us to continue presenting quality jazz programs and concerts throughout the year, as well as tie the jazz genre into a variety of arts disciplines including the visual arts and film," said Patrick Brogan, ArtsQuest vice preisdent of performing arts. "We’re honored that a national organization like the NEA has recognized our unique jazz initiatives and the positive impact the genre is having in the Lehigh Valley.”
This year’s NEA Art Works grants total $26.3 million to nonprofits nationwide and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields.
Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.