18th Street Arts Center is proud to announce that we are 1 of the 631 arts organizations in the country to receive stimulus funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant that is intended specifically for the preservation of jobs in the arts received over 2,000 applications for amounts ranging from $25,000-$50,000.
The NEA was allotted a total of $50 million in the ‘American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5.’ The distribution for these funds was appropriated for 1% support of NEA administration and 40% re-granted to state arts agencies in the non-profit sector. The total amount for the stimulus fund was $29, 775, 000 and we received $50,000, the full amount that we applied for.
This is great news for 18th Street Arts Center, particularly after Oklahoma’s Republican Senator Tom Coburn introduced an amendment (with a 73-24 approval) that would prohibit the use of stimulus package money for any “casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, art center, and highway beautification project.” As the House and Senate reconciled two versions of the Stimulus Bill, some of the Coburn Amendment was omitted. As a result, theatres, museums, and art centers were allowed to compete for funds while zoos, aquariums, parks and others were still barred from competing for funds.