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Oxford American's SoLost receives NEA grant

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Oxford American's National Magazine Award-winning video series, SoLost, has received a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, the magazine announced today. Above, check out the latest from the series, featuring famed Little Rock architecture photograph Tim Hursley rhapsodizing about a broken-down silo in Hale County, Ala.

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[Little Rock, Ark.]—National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that The Oxford American is one of 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

The Oxford American is recommended for a $75,000 grant to support production of SoLost, an award-winning series of online video episodes that is accessible via www.OxfordAmerican.org and YouTube (www.youtube.com/oxfordamerican).

SoLost won the National Magazine Award for Video in 2011 and is currently among five finalists for this year's award, which will be presented by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) on May 2 in New York. SoLost also was among the finalists for the award in 2010.

Dave Anderson's SoLost series takes viewers on off-kilter video journeys through the side roads, backrooms, cellars and psyche of the modern South. Each episode is an artful, online video short that explores the complexity and vitality of the American South.

"The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States," said NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa said. "Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable opportunities for the public to engage with the arts."

"The Oxford American is grateful for this generous support from the NEA, as well as for their recognition of the unique contribution that The Oxford American makes to the artistic and cultural life of our nation," said Warwick Sabin, publisher of The Oxford American.

In August 2012, the NEA received 1,547 eligible applications for Art Works grants requesting more than $80 million in funding. Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The 817 recommended NEA grants total $26.3 million and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit: http://nea.gov/news/news13/Grant-Announcement-April-2013.html.

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