CHICAGO-December 8, 2015 - Today, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $10,000 to Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC) to support its spring 2016 production, Sight Unseen.
The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from ASC offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”
An active program of Northwestern Settlement, ASC extends a social service mission through arts opportunities for young people and their families with a unique focus on the middle school-aged audience. Sight Unseen is the prequel to 2014's critically-acclaimed Spark, and the second original play in ASC's The Prometheus Project trilogy inspired by Greek myth and infused with issues shared directly by Chicago youth (explored during ASC-led community workshops called Story Circles).
“Adventure Stage becomes a really important step in helping kids bridge that experience from adolescence into adulthood,” says ASC founder and producing artistic director Tom Arvetis. “We want to help facilitate that process by sharing stories that are empowering, encouraging, inspiring, that are going to help them realize they can make a difference in their community.”
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement: arts.gov.