National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu recently announced that the Center for Asian American Media is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. CAAM is recommended for a $45,000 grant to support CAAMFest 2015. CAAMFest, formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), takes place March 12-22, 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area. CAAMFest is a celebration of film, music, food and digital media from the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian American artists.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said in a statement, “Since coming to the NEA, I have met with many NEA grantees and have seen first-hand the positive impact they have on their communities. These new projects will continue to demonstrate the power the arts have to deepen value, build connections, and foster an atmosphere of creativity and innovation both at the community level and with individuals throughout the nation.”
“We are deeply appreciative of support from the NEA because of the imprimatur such support carries,” said CAAM Executive Director Stephen Gong. “It’s our national recognition of excellence. It’s also especially significant because peer panel review is a key component of the selection process, and it’s great to know that our work is recognized by the media arts community.”
The NEA continues to be a fundamental supporter of the arts and for nonprofit arts organizations like CAAM. 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, please visit the NEA website.
Main image: CAAMFest 2014 Opening Night, How to Fight in Six Inch Heels. Photo credit: Michael Jeong Photography.