Four Young Audiences Affiliates Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grants Totaling $130,000

January 13, 2022 |
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JANUARY 14, 2022 – New York, NY – In its first major grant announcement of fiscal year 2022, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has named the recipients of federal funding for arts projects. Included in the NEA’s announcement are four Young Audiences Arts for Learning affiliates that were awarded funding in the Grants for Arts Projects and Challenge America categories totaling $130,000.

Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington (Portland, OR) was awarded $30,000 to support The Right Brain Initiative, an arts integration and professional development program serving the Portland metro region. 

Young Audiences of Houston (Houston, TX) was awarded $50,000 to support its Neighborhoods, Identity, and Diversity project, which includes year-long arts integration residencies across schools and community organizations in Houston. 

Arts for Learning Maryland (Baltimore, MD) was awarded $40,000 to support its Principal Fellowship Program, a professional development program for school principals from Baltimore City Public Schools.

Springboard to Learning (St. Louis, MO) was awarded $10,000 to support its Arts & Learning Packs project, which provides at-home learning kits to under-resourced students across the St. Louis metro area.

Grants for Arts Projects are awarded to organizations across the nation to support artistic projects that meet the highest standards of excellence and demonstrate a commitment to providing more equitable and accessible pathways for arts engagement. Challenge America grants offer support for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, promoting equal access to arts in communities across the country.

“These National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants underscore the resilience of our nation’s artists and arts organizations, will support efforts to provide access to the arts, and rebuild the creative economy,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. “The supported projects demonstrate how the arts are a source of strength and well-being for communities and individuals, and can open doors to conversations that address complex issues of our time.”

“We are grateful for the Endowment's continued support of the Young Audiences Arts for Learning network,” said David A. DikNational Executive Director of Young Audiences. “By championing projects that inspire young learners and empower those who reach them through the arts, these grants will have lasting impacts on individuals and communities."

The complete list of projects recommended for Grants for Arts Projects is here. Congrats to all! 

To find out more about the impact of National Endowment for the Arts grants, visit the NEA website at


About Young Audiences Arts for Learning

Founded in 1952, Young Audiences Arts for Learning’s mission is to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. We are the nation’s largest arts in education network, comprising local affiliates across the country that collectively impact over 5 million young people each year. The national Young Audiences Arts for Learning network works collaboratively to advance arts in education through advocacy, communications, fundraising, program development, professional learning, and other support. To explore our national network, please visit:  

Emily House
Young Audiences Arts for Learning