Yellow Springs, Ohio — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the YS Kids Playhouse is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The YSKP is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the 2013 Summer Theater Immersion.
In July of 2013 the YSKP will revisit one of its most popular musicals – Gaston Boudreaux, the Cajun Robin Hood. This production, first presented in 2002, investigated the role of the environment in impacting cultural changes. For the upcoming production, the YSKP will partner with local environmental organizations including the Tecumseh Land Trust.
“I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including the YS Kids Playhouse,” said Chairman Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.”
In response to receiving this good news, YSKP Founder and Artistic Director John Fleming said: “As the YSKP enters its 19th year, we are ever grateful to our individual supporters for almost two decades of support as audiences, volunteers and patrons.”
In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.
The YSKP is the only professional performing arts organization in Yellow Springs and is the largest employer of artists and teaching artists in the village. It receives sustaining support from the Ohio Arts Council, the YS Community Foundation, the Morgan Family Foundation, Culture Works and Antioch College.