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Houston Symphony Receives $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts Grant

HOUSTON (June 22, 2017) – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017.

Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $20,000 to Houston Symphony to support the Community-Embedded Musicians (CEM) initiative. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as Houston Symphony, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

“We are honored to be selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for this generous support,” said Mark C. Hanson, Executive Director and CEO, Margaret Alkek Williams Chair. “Every member of the Houston Symphony is committed to improving the quality of education in Greater Houston through access to the arts. This grant in support of the Community-Embedded Musicians program, which serves more than 16,000 Houstonians each year, will directly enhance the impact of the orchestra’s growing education and community engagement activities.”

The Houston Symphony is a national leader in developing innovative educational and community programming such as the CEM initiative, the first of its kind for a 52-week, full-time American orchestra. In addition to being talented musicians, the four CEMs have exceptional teaching ability and passion for community work. These musical ambassadors lead the program in a wide variety of education and community settings, providing everything from in-depth school residencies to health and wellness initiatives including musical therapy.

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