Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan announced a $10,000 grant for the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. This grant was awarded by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) through their Arts Engagement in American Communities (AEAC) program. The funds will be used to support an art exhibition and associated outreach activities, and more specifically to showcase drawings and small-scale sculptures by sculptor and installation artist Alice Aycoc. The exhibition will include gallery lectures, workshops, family programming, and docent-led tours.
“I am pleased to announce these funds which will benefit the greater Youngstown region. Cultural centers like the Butler Institute play a critical role not only in education, but in quality of life — making our communities more desirable places to live and raise a family. The NEA empowers local arts centers to work on bringing arts and culture to all citizens, not just the ones who live in big cities. That is why I am pleased that the Fiscal Year 2018 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill rejected President Trump’s proposal to eliminate the NEA, and instead funds this important agency at $145 million. This grant for the Butler Institute of American Art is just one example of how essential the NEA is to communities, museums, libraries, and more across the country, ” said Congressman Tim Ryan.
Arts Engagement in American Communities (AEAC) supports arts projects in all artistic disciplines, extending the National Endowment for the Arts’ reach to communities across the United States. These grants will engage the public in diverse and excellent art in geographic areas underrepresented in our grantmaking portfolio. Grants are available for professional arts programming, including the presentation of artists or artworks, marketing and promotional activities, educational programs, and organizational planning. All AEAC grants are for $10,000, and require a minimum $10,000 match (cost share) with non-federal support.
Congressman Ryan sits on the House Appropriations Committee and serves as Ranking Member of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee. This week the House Appropriations Committee will markup and vote on the Fiscal Year 2018 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which includes funding for the Department of Interior, the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) and more. The bill included funding for the NEA and NEH at $145 million each, which is $5 million less than 2017 enacted levels.