Northern Clay Center to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make a $15,000 award to Northern Clay Center (NCC) to support NCC’s exhibitions and related outreach programming. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from Northern Clay Center represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”

“We are so proud to have our work recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts. Northern Clay Center is very much looking forward to using our exhibition program as a catalyst for new conversations with new communities, ultimately increasing the diversity of our constituency and furthering our clay reach throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area,” said Sarah Millfelt, Director of NCC. “Under this particular initiative, over the course of the next 16 months, Northern Clay Center will produce four major exhibitions of contemporary ceramics, representing a variety of genres and showcasing artists who explore unique materials, experiment with scale and surface, and use clay as a means to express influences. Each exhibition will be accompanied by outreach activities, including workshops and critiques for local artists and students, public lectures, and artists-in-residence.”

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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.