Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to Receive $15,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company joins Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Educational Theatre Association as local organizations receiving funding totaling $186,000

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A scene from Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s PROJECT38 Educational Initiative.

CINCINNATI, Feb. 7, 2018 – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for PROJECT38, Cincinnati Shakespeare’s groundbreaking educational initiative. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus 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/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.”

 This grant will go to support the arts education and community initiative PROJECT38. Through this arts education and community initiative, students directly engage with Shakespeare’s text. Over the course of the year, students from 38 schools in the community work with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Resident Ensemble of teaching artists to co-create 38 interpretations (dramatic, musical, visual, and dance) of all of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. The project culminates in a weekend festival in which all of the students will come together to share what they have created with their families, friends, and the community at-large.  The dates of the festival are April 12-15, 2018.

 To learn more about the $25 million in National Endowment for the Arts grants supporting art projects nationwide announced today, visit the following page:

https://www.arts.gov/news/2018/25-million-grants-support-art-projects-nationwide

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About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages.  In the summer of 2017, the theater relocated to the Otto M. Budig Theater, a brand new facility in OTR. CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics.  CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theater Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theater Association.  Each year, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reach over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions.  In 2015, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics!

About The 2017-2018 Season:
This season is funded by ArtsWave and is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Ohio Arts Council, the Shubert Foundation and is supported, in part, by the generosity of thousands of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Production dates and information on the season are available online at www.cincyshakes.com. The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is one of 40 professional theater companies selected to participate in bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States.

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