The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the first round of 2018 grants, which will support a wide range of individual projects and initiatives at 936 non-profit arts organizations across the U.S. More than $24 million will be awarded in total, with just over $3 million of that earmarked for theatrical endeavors.
Awarded through the NEA’s Art Works project, the $3 million will be divided among 149 theatres that will receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Grants for “theatre” and “musical theatre” were categorized separately, with $2.9 million earmarked for works under the "theatre" umbrella, and $465,000 for new musicals.
Each grant will support a specific production, initiative, festival, or education program.
The selected projects include a new musical about the birth of Memphis-based soul music label Staxx Records at Baltimore Center Stage; as well as Collaboration Theatre Company’s city-wide Peacebook festival dedicated to addressing racism and racial healing in Chicago; Mixed Blood Theatre Company’s play series dedicated to trans theatre works; as well as Deaf West Theatre’s new production of the Tony-winning musical The Light in the Piazza.