Prospect New Orleans Receives Its First NEA Grant!

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Prospect New Orleans is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

Prospect New Orleans is recommended for a $60,000 grant to support “Prospect.3: Notes for Now,” the third edition of the International Contemporary Art Biennial. Franklin Sirmans, Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is serving as the Artistic Director and will curate “Prospect.3: Notes for Now.” The three-month exhibition will open on October 25, 2014 and is comprised of work from more than 50 artists, in over 15 locations, including museums, community centers and independent sites throughout neighborhoods across New Orleans.

“We are pleased to announce that Prospect New Orleans is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant,” said NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa. “These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities become more vibrant, and support our nation's artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.

“Prospect New Orleans is honored that the NEA believes in our mission, and is providing such generous support of ‘Prospect.3: Notes for Now,’” said Brooke Davis Anderson, Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans. “The support of donors like the NEA will allow us to bring international contemporary art, artists, and enthusiasts to New Orleans, and promote our many partners throughout the autumn months. This is our organization’s first NEA grant award and we are thrilled!”

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at