FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 20, 2013
Elsewhere Receives Second NEA Grant To Host
Six Southern Artist Residency Fellowships
[GREENSBORO, NC]â€” National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced last week that Elsewhere is one of 895 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Elsewhere will receive a $20,000 grant to support Southern Constellations, a site-specific residency program for Southern artists.
Now entering its second year, the Southern Constellations curatorial initiative brings six emerging artists from across the South for fellowship residencies at Elsewhere. In addition to supporting six fellowships and new site-specific projects, the NEAâ€™s grant will continue to advance Elsewhereâ€™s exploration into the context and conditions for experimental art practice in the South. With Southern Constellations, Elsewhere is building an expanded network of experimental, interdisciplinary art practice that supports collaborations across the South. Artists based in the Southern United States are invited to apply by nomination. Elsewhere will host an open call for applications from artists of color based in North Carolina.
In 2013, Elsewhere received NEA funding for the first iteration of the Southern Constellations. The 2013 season concluded with the Southern Constellations Convergence--a curated conversation on experimental art practice in the South. An online catalogue for the project will launch in early 2014. To learn more about the program and to see past works please visit Elsewhere online at goelsewhere.org/south.
Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the arts."
Elsewhere's Production Curator Jennie Carlisle is excited to continue the program. â€œEmerging artists need supportive environments that allow them to take risks and explore new concepts, ways of working and materials. This is vital to keeping art fresh and relevant. Through the Southern Constellations project Elsewhere is able to offer this kind of environment to accomplished young artists based in the South and help create connections across the regional arts community that expand those networks of support.â€
Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $ 23.4 million.
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.
Elsewhere is an artist-run, non-profit contemporary art organization, set in a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, NC. Utilizing the massive 58-year inventory, Elsewhereâ€™s environment of art and everyday objects invokes new modes for creative response, living, doing, and exchanging in our downtown neighborhood and across the world.