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The National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to support the growth and development of small and rural museums in three North Central Texas counties.

Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The NEA received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking and will award 972 grants in this category.

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” Carter said.

“This award is a wonderful opportunity for our organization to bring visibility to the culture and heritage of this part of the country. The artworks, material objects, and stories collected and preserved by museums in our area hold important insight into this part of Texas,” said Margie Johnson Reese, executive director of the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture.

The Wichita Falls Area Regional Museums Network will provide technical assistance to nine Fine Art, history and rural museums in Wichita, Baylor, Clay, and Wilbarger counties. Many of the museums selected for this initiative are located in communities without a local arts agency. Their collections represent significant material that will be available to researchers, educators, and visitors.

To learn more about the program, click here.