Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin
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Pocan Announces National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Madison and Reedsburg

Dec 2, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today announced that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded grants to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Reedsburg’s Wormfarm Institute Inc. The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art received $25,000 to support the exhibition and residency "Eric and Heather ChanSchatz: In Process.” Wormfarm Institute Inc. received $40,000 to support their Farm/Art DTour, a 50-mile self-guided drive through art installations in the working farmlands of Sauk County.

“South central Wisconsin has a great art scene and these grants only further validate our community as a destination for the creative arts,” said Representative Pocan. “I am thrilled to see these two institutions recognized on a national level for their outstanding contributions to the arts and to our greater community.

In its first fiscal year 2015 announcement, the NEA will award $29.13 million in 1,118 grants in three categories: Art Works, Challenge America, and NEA Literature Fellowships in Creative Writing. The NEA was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.