National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to Kuumbwa Jazz for a Concert Presenting Series. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as Kuumbwa Jazz, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”
“Under the leadership of Artistic Director/Co-Founder Tim Jackson, Kuumbwa Jazz has become one of the nation’s premier nonprofit jazz presenters,” says Managing Director Bobbi Todaro. “We are particularly proud to share with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) a commitment to honoring the legacy of jazz as we enter our 42nd year of presenting weekly jazz concerts and education programs.”
For the 2017 concert presenting series celebrating this great American art form, Kuumbwa Jazz will produce three concerts featuring NEA Jazz Master and bassist Dave Holland, jazz-rock guitarist and composer John Scofield and fast rising-star vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant.
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.