WBUR has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support an eight-event multidisciplinary performing arts series at WBUR CitySpace at the Lavine Broadcast Center during the 2021-2022 season.
The series will offer virtual and in-person performances by artists from a range of creative outlets. This marks the first time that CitySpace has received NEA funding.
“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help organizations such as WBUR re-engage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”
The series is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding. Grants for Arts Projects is the principal grant category of the National Endowment for the Arts, supporting public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of excellent art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.
“We are thrilled to receive this first-ever grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support our CitySpace programming,” said Amy Macdonald, director, WBUR CitySpace. “After a year of virtual events, this funding will help us welcome back the public for in-person performances, conversations, and experiences.”
The performing arts series will consist of eight multidisciplinary performances throughout the 2021-2022 season. Artists and musicians will appear in virtual events as well as live onstage at WBUR CitySpace at the Lavine Broadcast Center. The series will showcase a variety of acts that aim to inspire, entertain and highlight the talent of the Boston community.
For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.