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$52M for arts – NEA boosts arts, education

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The National Endowment for the Arts announced $52 million in new grants – pushing its total grantmaking for fiscal year 2000 to more than $73 million.

The grants will be distributed through the endowment’s three major categories of access, education, and heritage and preservation. Grants to organizations must be matched at least dollar for dollar.

“These grants will provide Americans with increased access to the richness of our country’s artistic accomplishments, encourage learning across generations and preserve our cultural heritage,” said Bill Ivey, Chairman of the Arts Endowment.

More than $33 million in grants will go to state and regional arts agencies, which are mandated by Congress to receive 40 percent of NEA grant funds to broaden access to arts in all states.

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