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Miami Dade College is Once Again a Recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Grants


Miami, January 9, 2014 - MDCulture, Miami Dade Co llege’s (MDC) cultural affairs department, was once again selected by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as a recipient of its NEA Art Works grant to support its 2014-2015 season. MDC Live Arts, the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), and the Big Read were selected from among more than 1,500 applications submitted from across the country.

 MDC Live Artsreceived the NEA Art Works grant for Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, in the amount of $40,000. This marks another season of collaboration with the NEA to present MDC Live Arts’ 24th year of programming from the fields of dance, music and theater. As a presenting organization, MDC Live Arts is unique in South Florida, as it not only brings world-class artists to the area, but also creates multiple educational opportunities for MDC students and the general public through artist residencies.

MIFF will use its $40,000 grant to support the 31st Miami International Film Festival. Held from March 7 – 16, 2014, the festival will present more than 120 films to South Florida audiences and will include international works, documentaries, American independent films, and productions by Florida filmmakers.

The Big Read was awarded a $17,000 grant it will apply during its month-long reading campaign, beginning March 15. This year, the program will promote the reading of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake, and explore its themes of immigration and cultural dissonance, as well as the relationship between parents and their children who are born in different countries and into different cultures. Several events will introduce the community and MDC students to this novel and to Indian culture, including book discussions, Indian dance performances, author presentations, film screenings, and more. 

Comprising the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, Tower Theatre, the Center for Literature and Theatre, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts, Prometeo Theatre and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design, MDCulture is committed to providing everyone the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDCulture offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences.

Art Works Grants

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. The Art Works grant program supports projects in 13 artistic disciplines. Examples of project types are commissions, residencies, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals, and professional development programs. Art Works grants, like all NEA grants to organizations, require a 1:1 match with non-federal funds. 

The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $23.4 million. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $100,000 with an average grant amount of $26,154.


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