City to receive $500,000 grant from National Endowment for the Arts to distribute to Sacramento artists

The City of Sacramento’s Office of Arts & Culture has been selected to receive an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic.

The Office of Arts & Culture will receive $500,000 to be distributed in the form of grants and peer support to Sacramento artists – a population hit hard by COVID-19 related impacts. The Office of Arts & Culture plans to provide grants to artists to help them further their creative work in the community and begin to build capacity to sustain their practice.

The Office of Arts & Culture is one of 66 local arts agencies nationwide receiving support for subgranting from the NEA – a total of $20,200,000 was awarded.

“It is so great to see the Office of Arts + Culture recognized by the NEA for their efforts here in Sacramento,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “This grant will leverage our nation-leading investments in the creative economy and directly support local artists allowing our city to emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever.”

“The Sacramento region is a thriving regional hub of the arts – with treasured cultural institutions that reflect our communities’ love and passion for the creative economy,” said Congresswoman Doris Matsui. “That is why it has been a priority of mine to secure robust funding for the National Endowment of the Arts in our COVID recovery efforts. The Office of Arts and Culture has been a strong voice for our local artists and organizations, and I am proud that they will be able to use these federal funds to continue to uplift our city and empower our communities.”

Sacramento City Council must adopt a resolution to accept the grant at an upcoming Council meeting. More details on how to apply for support through the program will be made available in early 2022.

Those interested are encouraged to subscribe to the Office of Arts & Culture’s e-newsletter and visit the City’s website regularly for updates on grant opportunities.

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