Arts for All, Neighborhood Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Supports Neighborhood Arts

Shaw Pong Liu and Sandeep Das perform at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan, May 2017.

Last month, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Celebrity Series is honored to have received an Art Works award of $15,000, renewing the NEA’s support for our Neighborhood Arts program.

Now entering its sixth season, Neighborhood Arts draws deeply on partnerships with Boston-area artists and community organizations to activate six Boston neighborhoods – Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End – with a rich and varied array of opportunities. This season’s activities include free public concerts, artist residencies with youth ensembles, and interactive workshops at venues such as community centers, churches, schools, and Boys & Girls Clubs — all through collaboration with a diverse and talented group of local performing artists experienced in engaging young people. Sharing the joy of live performance lies at the heart of Neighborhood Arts, and deep community partnerships and artist-driven collaboration shape the program each season.

“The generosity and continued encouragement from the NEA and all of our public agencies make our work possible,” says Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director of Celebrity Series of Boston. “Every dollar invested by these agencies leverages significant additional funding for our organization, for which we are deeply grateful. At a time when funding for the arts is under attack, it is important to note this leveraging impact as one of the benefits of federal-level support for the arts.”

The funding support that Celebrity Series receives from public agencies, including the Boston Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, provides critical resources to help Celebrity Series fulfill our mission to present world-class performing artists who inspire and enrich our community and our vision of a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, life-long, shared experience — on stages, in schools, in homes — everywhere.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as Celebrity Series of Boston in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.” The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to


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