Symphony Tacoma announcement.
Tacoma, WA— Symphony Tacoma is pleased to announce it has been approved to receive an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. Symphony Tacoma is recommended to receive $50,000. This meaningful funding will help safeguard the employment of 73 local musicians and artist-educators, so their talents can be shared with the community through farmers market appearances, family performances and in-school mentoring. In total, the NEA will award grants totaling $57,750,000 to 567 arts organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, DC.
“Our nation’s arts sector has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan funding will help arts organizations, such as Symphony Tacoma, rebuild and reopen,” said Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, chair of the NEA. “The arts are crucial in helping America’s communities heal, unite, and inspire, as well as essential to our nation’s economic recovery.”
“Symphony Tacoma is grateful to have received the NEA American Rescue Plan grant,” comments Executive Director Karina Bharne. “All of our programming has continued in some capacity through the pandemic. With this additional gift we are ensuring that out activities for youth and families can continue–in the concert hall, outdoors or virtually.”
The American Rescue Plan was signed into law in March 2021 when the NEA was provided $135 million for the arts sector. The funding for organizations is the third installment providing more than $57.7 million for arts organizations. In April 2021, the NEA announced $52 million (40 percent) in ARP funding would be allocated to 62 state, jurisdictional, and regional arts organizations for regranting through their respective programs. The second installment in November 2021 allocated $20.2 million to 66 local arts agencies for subgranting to local artists and art organizations.
For more information on the NEA’s American Rescue Plan grants, including the full list of arts organizations funded in this announcement, visit www.arts.gov/about/news/2022/nea-announces-american-rescue-plan-grants-arts-organizations