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Theatre Philadelphia to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

May 9, 2018

Theatre Philadelphia to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Philadelphia, PA—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Theatre Philadelphia. This NEA grant will be used to support Theatre Philadelphia's programming initiatives such as the upcoming 2019 Philly Theatre Week, scheduled for February 7-17, 2019. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Theatre Philadelphia, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”

"We are thrilled and honored to receive this grant from the National Endowment for the Arts", says Leigh Goldenberg, Executive Director of Theatre Philadelphia. "This funding will provide us with the tools to increase awareness and audiences for theatrical work in our community and across the region."

Theatre Philadelphia's inaugural Philly Theatre Week occurred in February of 2018, attracting Philadelphia-area visitors and locals alike. During the 10-day period, over 70 organizations held productions, panels, readings, and more, bringing in over 5,000 audience members and $250,000 in total revenue. Theatre Philadelphia's primary goals in kicking off Theatre Week were to provide a free platform for any theatre or artist who wished to participate, and to encourage audiences to see something new. 

"In 2018 Philly Theatre Week, over 70% of audiences reported attending a production from a company they had never seen before. While Philly Theatre Week exceeded our expectations the first time out of the gate, we look forward to expanding our efforts in 2019 thanks to this generous NEA funding, and through increased marketing efforts, community partnerships, and outreach initiatives," says Goldenberg. 

In addition to Philly Theatre Week, Theatre Philadelphia flagship programs include the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, re-granting over $75,000 in cash awards to Philadelphia-based theatre artists, and a Marketing and Speaker Series program, providing local theatres with tools and education on building audiences. Additionally, Theatre Philadelphia's website, e-newsletter, and active social media presence connect audiences to what's on stage across the Greater Philadelphia region. For more information about Theatre Philadelphia, visit www.theatrephiladelphia.org.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.