The National Endowment for the Arts announced $82 million to fund local arts projects in every state and jurisdiction. Triad Stage will be the recipient of a $20,000 Art Works grant. Triad Stage also recently received $50,000 from The Shubert Foundation, the nation’s largest funder dedicated to unrestricted funding of not-for-profit theaters.
The Art Works award will support a new play commissioned by Triad Stage and written by Mike Wiley about the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins and the Greensboro Four. Wiley is a NC playwright whose play The Parchman Hour about the Freedom Riders has been performed at theaters across the country.
The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. Nineteen grants were awarded in North Carolina to groups including The North Carolina Theatre Conference and the National Black Repertory Company. In previous years Triad Stage has received the Art Works award to support the development and production of five shows, including a revival of Tobacco Road (2007) and four original works by Founding Artistic Director Preston Lane examining life in the South: Brother Wolf (2006), Bloody Blackbeard (2008), Providence Gap (2010), and Radiunt Abundunt (2016).
The Shubert Foundation Grants Program awarded a record $26.8 million to 533 not-for-profit performing arts organizations across the United States in 2017. Seven grants were awarded to theaters in North Carolina. Triad Stage’s $50,000 grant is the second highest grant in the state. It is also the highest grant Triad Stage has received from the foundation.
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