Outreach College receives National Endowment for the Arts grant

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tim Slaughter, (808) 956-8246
Director of Community Services Division, Outreach College
Posted: Dec 5, 2014

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chair Jane Chu has announced that UH Mānoa's Outreach College will receive a $10,000 Art Works grant to support the Asia Pacific Dance Festival.  NEA is recommending that a total of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide receive Art Works grants.

The Asia Pacific Dance Festival is a multi-week biennial festival held at UH Mānoa that showcases the finest dances, dancers and choreographers from Asia and the Pacific. Centered on a series of performances, the festival includes activities such as workshops, university course offerings, public lectures, forums and community demonstrations. The festival is a co-production of the East-West Center Arts Program and Outreach College.  Additional support is provided by the University’s Theatre & Dance Department.

Said NEA Chair Chu, "I'm pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works, including the award to Outreach College. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people, and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives."

Added Asia Pacific Dance Festival co-director Tim Slaughter, "We are excited that the NEA sees the value and importance of the Asia Pacific Dance Festival to both the local community and dance world at large.  It is an important validation of our work to have a prestigious organization such as the NEA recognize and support our work."

Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, see the NEA website at http://arts.gov.

Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.

For more information, visit: http://outreach.hawaii.edu/community/asiapacific/default.asp