The Marcus JCC of Atlanta is one of 19 Georgia arts organizations recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act from the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA received more than 3,100 eligible applications for the direct assistance. A total of 855 organizations — from every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico — received a total of $44.5 million in nonmatching funds to support staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities costs.
“This funding will have a significant impact on the MJCCA and specifically, the Book Festival of the MJCCA,” said CEO Jared Powers. “Support from this grant will allow the Book Festival, one of the most highly regarded literary events in the South, to continue to serve the community in transformative ways – currently in a virtual format, and later, when it is safe, with the return of physical programming. We are grateful to the NEA for not only recognizing our need during this incredibly challenging time but for also recognizing the contributions our agency has made, and will continue to make, to the community on an annual basis.”
Established by Congress in 1965, NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.