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Southern Constellations builds connection between artists and arts institutions in the Southeast. 
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For Immediate Release
12/9/2015
Contact: George Scheer
wanderingzoo@goelsewhere.org
336-549-5555
National Endowment for the Arts Awards More Than $27.6 Million Across Nation Includes $25,000 Awarded to Elsewhere for Southern Constellations Program
(Greensboro, NC)--Elsewhere Museum has been awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works Grant for the fourth time running. Elsewhere is a leading artist residency program, public museum and field building organization for experimental, process and socially driven art practices. It is one of 960 non-profit organizations, out of the 1,731 applicants, to be recognized with this award. 

“The National Endowment is helping connect a field of experimental practitioners across the South, and fostering Elsewhere’s role as convener for alternative practice in our region, said Executive Director, George Scheer. “The Constellation fellowship builds a cohort of exceptional artists who are working to empower their communities with their artwork.” 

The $25,000 award will support the museum’s Southern Constellations program by providing funding for six artist residency fellowships and a suite of public programs that build connection between artists and arts institutions in the Southeast. For the fellowship, artists are nominated by their peers to participate in the museum’s residency program and to create site-specific new works out of the museum’s collection of thrift and vintage materials. NEA funding also supports offsite exhibition and programming, as well as an annual summit for North Carolina based artists to develop local arts infrastructures and regional connectivity. Planning for the 2016 program is now underway. Elsewhere will announce the new fellowship artists in February, and the selected artists will be on site in July of 2016.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from Elsewhere offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

The NEA grants for Art Works total $27.6 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and merit. 

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at www.arts.gov.

About Elsewhere:
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, Elsewhere’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.

Elsewhere is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, ArtPlace America, The National Endowment for the Arts, The North Carolina Arts Council, ArtsGreensboro, the Fund for Democratic Communities, the Future Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, Tannenbaum Sternberger Foundation, Guilford Green Foundation, the Harpo Foundation, the Gallucci Creative Fund, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Art Matters & friends like you.

 
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