Peoria Ballet to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Peoria Ballet Company to support performances of The Nutcracker 2019 and accompanying educational activities. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for the round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category.

“Organizations such as Peoria Ballet are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired,” said NEA Acting Chairman Carter.

“This funding will help us continue to present this holiday tradition to the central Illinois community. The Nutcracker exposes a wide and diverse demographic to the arts, while also providing a unique learning experience for the student performers. A further benefit is that the school performances engage children, seniors, and adults with disabilities, many of whom would not otherwise have an opportunity to attend a live theatrical performance.” said Wendy Thomasson, Executive Director of Peoria Ballet.

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