SALT LAKE CITY – July 16, 2009 – Ballet West today announced that it will receive a $50,000 award through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as part of the $50 Million federal economic stimulus recovery package. This stimulus money will be used to support the salaries of two Ballet West artists.
“This news could not have come at a better time,” said Ballet West Executive Director Johann Jacobs. “As we – like so many others – weather the current economic downturn, it’s encouraging to know that Ballet West continues to be viewed both locally and nationally as a viable, worthwhile arts organization.”
The NEA will distribute $29.775 million to 631 nonprofit arts groups nationwide. This is in addition to the 63 state and regional sub-grants previously awarded in April, totaling $19.8 million.
According to the NEA, this recovery funding is a direct outcome of the impact made by the 100,000 members of the Americans for the Arts grassroots network who contacted their Members of Congress and wrote timely letters to the editors of local news media. These messages have resulted in these grants, which will help create and preserve arts jobs in Utah and throughout the country.