Artown awarded $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant

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For the second consecutive year the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded Artown $20,000, this time for the 2010 festival, one of only two grants awarded to Nevada-based organizations. As the nation’s largest funder of the arts, NEA’s one-year Access to Artistic Excellence grant helps Artown to bring a diverse array of arts and culture to Reno, Nev., through the entire month of July.

“Receiving the NEA grant for the second year in a row is such an honor and provides validation Artown is filling a need in the community,” Beth Macmillan, Artown executive director, said. “With the economy stretched thin, competition for grant funding is fierce and we are thrilled that the NEA recognizes Artown’s impact on the arts. This prestigious award allows Artown to keep growing and continue to fulfill its mission.”

Artown receives annual funding from the City of Reno and Nevada Arts Council in addition to a variety of sources including grants, sponsorships and member donations as well as in-kind support. Planning for the 15th annual Artown, held July 1 – 31, is currently underway with festival favorites such as the Monday Night Music Series, Family Series, World Music Series, Movies in the Park, Artown After Dark music series and the Discover the Arts children’s series making its return.

For more information Artown, visit www.RenoIsArtown.com or call 775-322-1538.

Consisting of more than 400 events each July, Artown was noted by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of the most comprehensive art festivals in the country. With more than 100 partners, the month-long festival takes place at venues citywide. Artown receives major funding from the City of Reno, is sponsored by International Game Technology, KOLO 8 News Now, KTHX-FM, NV Energy, Reno Gazette-Journal, Reno-Tahoe and U.S. Bank with additional support from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Artown is also supported by stimulus funding through the Nevada Arts Council’s SNAP Grant Program.

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