Image courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts. 

artscouncilThe Arts Council for Long Beach announced Tuesday that as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) first funding round of fiscal year 2016, the local art advocating nonprofit was chosen to receive a $20,000 Art Works award. Today, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million distributed nationwide, according to the release, and celebrates 50 years of nurturing the arts across the country.

“The arts are part of our everyday lives, no matter who you are or where you live,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu in a statement. “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 the Arts Council for Long Beach offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

The funds will be used to expand the Arts Council’s efforts to market Long Beach as a “vibrant, cultural community,” the announcement stated.

“We are excited that the NEA award will bring additional resources to Long Beach and align with the City-funded initiative to support economic development through the creative sector, said Arts Council Executive Director Victoria Bryan in a statement.

A major facet of the Arts Council’s strategic plan is to promote the city’s dynamic arts and cultural sector, according to the release. The Art Works award will support the organization’s continued efforts to further advertise the existing arts and cultural programs which add to Long Beach’s thriving arts community.

For more information on projected included in the NEA grant announcement, click here. To learn more about the Arts Council click here.

Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her @hugelandmass on Twitter and Instagram and at [email protected].