Press release from the Asheville Art Museum:
National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $30,000 to the Asheville Art Museum for support of the upcoming Appalachia Now! An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art in Southern Appalachia exhibition. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 972 grants in this category.
“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Funds from the National Endowment will be used to support Appalachia Now! and related educational programming. This exhibition, opening in tandem with the new renovated Museum, highlights the range of talented contemporary artists and diverse voices emanating from the Southern Appalachian region. Appalachia Now! will provide a regional snapshot of the art of our time, a contemporary story of Southern Appalachia.