DATE: November 17, 2011
CONTACt: Starr Troup
Etruscan Press receives NEA grant to support a project to develop connections between authors and readers
Grant part of NEA announcement of 863 grants and $22.543 million in funding nationwide
Wilkes-Barre, PA; Youngstown, OH—Wilkes-Barre, PA; Youngstown, OH—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman today announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. Etruscan Press is one of the grantees and will receive $7,500 to expand readership through marketing initiatives building upon the inherent synergy between authors and readers. The 863 grant awards total $22.543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Etruscan Press’s project activities will include: creating an innovative web-based peer-mentorship program connecting authors directly to readers and other authors; expanding readership through interaction via social media; and bringing books to underserved populations through corporate connections and sponorship programs .
“Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA,” said agency Chairman Rocco Landesman. “And I’m pleased to see that principle represented through the 823 Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.”
“We’re excited about the possibilities available to us through this grant,” said Etruscan’s managing editor Starr Troup. “My hope is that by engaging readers through author connections we enliven discussions about the world around us.”
In March 2011, the NEA received 1,686 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $84 million in funding. The resulting funding rate of 49 percent of eligible applications reflects both the significant demand for support and the ongoing vitality of the not-for-profit arts community despite current financial challenges. Art Works grants are awarded based on the applications received by the NEA and how those applications are assessed by the review panels.
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov.