NEA Grant

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for the fiscal year 2017.  Included in this announcement is an Arts Work grant of $30,000 to The Loft Cinema in Tucson, Arizona, supporting the 2017 Loft Film Fest and the new Loft FilmFest on the Road program.  The Art Works category focuses 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 the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as The Loft Cinema, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

“The Loft Cinema is proud to have been awarded a grant from the NEA for next year’s Loft Film Fest,” says Loft Cinema Executive Director Peggy Johnson. “This valuable and generous support from the NEA will help us take the Loft Film Fest to the next level in 2017, as we work to make it a truly impactful cultural event that can be shared and enjoyed by all members of our community.”

The 2017 Loft Film Fest will showcase classic and contemporary documentary, narrative, short, and animated films, with screenings to be accompanied by lively and illuminating panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions with artists, producers, directors, actors, writers and critics.  In addition to the festival, the new Loft Film Fest on the Road program will offer free screenings of festival titles at museums, schools and community centers throughout Southern Arizona, intended to serve a wide range of audiences, including immigrant and Native American communities.

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