Public media recipients among new NEA grants for $23.3 million

By Dru Sefton

The National Endowment for the Arts today announced recommendations for 832 grants totaling $23.3 million through Art Works, its largest funding initiative.

The 13 categories include Media Arts, encompassing 47 grants to filmmakers and film festivals. Several of those organizations have ties to public media, including the Center for Asian American Media in San Francisco, under the direction of Stephen Gong, which got $40,000 toward the 31st San Francisco Asian American Film Festival; Firelight Media in New York City (Freedom Riders), $50,000 to support a mentorship and professional development program; and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Santa Monica, Calif., which supported The Longoria Affair and other films, $20,000 to convene “Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices,” a series of regional conferences for emerging filmmakers. A full list of Media Arts grantees is here.

Los Angeles public television station KCET also will receive  $25,000 for Departures, a hyper-local web documentary series and digital literacy program about the people, places, issues and history of  the city’s neighborhoods. That grant is in the Arts Education category.

And Alabama Public Television’s grant came in the Folk and Traditional Arts category, $40,000 for Journey Proud, a series documenting statewide traditions.

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