For the second year in the row, the Oxford American has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This year's award — $15,000 — is for 50% more than last year's.
Full release after the jump.
NEA grants The Oxford American 50 percent increased funding
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. -- The Oxford American received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the second year in a row, and the funding amount increased by 50 percent.
The Oxford American Literary Project will receive a $15,000 Access to Artistic Excellence grant through the NEA to support the publication and promotion of The Oxford American magazine. According to the NEA's announcement, The Oxford American "continues to highlight the work of emerging and established Southern writers and Southern culture."
Last year, The Oxford American received a similar grant -- its first ever from the NEA -- in the amount of $10,000.
The NEA today announced that The Oxford American Literary Project is among the grant recipients in the NEA's first round of funding for fiscal year 2010. [http://www.nea.gov/news/news09/Announce12-09.html]
"Today's award signals the NEA's confidence in our direction and is another sign of our continued progress" said Warwick Sabin, the publisher of The Oxford American magazine. "With this support, we will be able to continue to produce one of the nation's leading literary publications."
The Oxford American has won two National Magazine Awards and other high honors since it began publication in 1992. The New York Times has said that The Oxford American "may be the liveliest literary magazine in America."
Last week, The Oxford American released its 11th anniversary Southern Music Issue, which is accompanied by a double-CD.
The NEA's Access to Artistic Excellence grants support the creation and presentation of work in the disciplines of dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, media arts, museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting, theater, and visual arts. Projects include commissions, residencies, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals, and professional development programs. Through this category, the NEA will fund 994 projects with a total of $23,828,500.
NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, "I am thrilled that we are able to help art work in this country through more than 1,200 projects across this country. We are supporting projects that have great works of art at the heart of them; that work to inspire and transport audiences and visitors; and that create and retain opportunities for artists and arts workers to be a part of this country's real economy. It is our job at the NEA to support excellence in the arts, and to connect more Americans with more art, more often. This round of grants certainly furthers that mission."
More information at www.oxfordamerican.org and www.nea.gov.