Festival Receives NEA Art Works Grant

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(Delray Beach, FL – May 11, 2016) National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved an Art Works award of $10,000 to the Palm Beach Poetry Festival (PBPF) to support the nonprofit organization’s 13th annual festival next January 16-21 in Delray Beach. The Festival’s award is among more than $82 million that will fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016.

“We are very grateful to the NEA for their incredible support of the arts in general and of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival in particular,” says PBPF Director Susan R. Williamson. “We look forward to working with the NEA to finalize the grant paperwork as we prepare for next year’s event, which will include Special Guest Poet Charles Simic, a distinguished Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate.”

The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like the Palm Beach Poetry Festival offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

The 13th annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held January 16-21 at Old School Square in Delray Beach. The Festival features top poets at numerous ticketed public events, including readings, talks, interviews, panel discussions and more. Nine workshops will be offered for which applications are required. The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is generously sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts, Morgan Stanley, The Legacy Group of Atlanta; the Cultural Council of Palm County, the Palm Beach County Tourism Development Council and the Board of Commissioners of Palm Beach County; The Palm Beach Post; Visit Florida; WLRN; and Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach’s independent bookseller.

To join the Twitter conversation about today’s NEA announcement, please use #NEASpring16. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov.