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Arts & Culture

Houston Gets A Shot At Federal Money For The Arts

Mayor Turner is encouraging people to apply for the NEA’s Our Town grant.


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Getting more funding is an ongoing conversation in arts communities. It seems like there's never enough cash to go around. But Houston mayor Sylvester Turner is working to bring more money to the local art scene by putting out a call for applications for the Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

"The mayor has spoken many times about how wonderful the arts are in Houston and how the arts are some of Houston's best assets," says Debbie McNulty, Director of the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs.

Grantees can request anywhere from $25 thousand to $200 thousand, but the ideas have to be visionary. "It could be a festival that helps to activate a new community that really is looking to amplify some of the existing cultural history that exists in that place," explains NEA's Community Solutions Specialist Jennifer Hughes. In other words, the ideas need to focus on impacting a community through arts and culture.

McNulty adds that the application pool can be broad. "It could be a housing authority," she says. "It could be medical institutions... the medical center... that want to bring arts into the work they do."

The deadline to submit ideas to the mayor is August 8th.

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