March 2018

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March 2018

USITT Receives NEA Grant

USITT has been awarded a $25,000 Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the 2019 United States Exhibition of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space.

The federal grant monies USITT will receive from the NEA will be spent in New York State at New York-owned and operated businesses. The money will be invested in an exhibition about America and will be built in partnership with the University at Buffalo. After its debut in Prague, it will return to New York to be displayed in venues across the state as part of its tour of the United States.

“I’m very excited that we are able to reinvest this money in the New York economy and in New York students through our partnership with the University at Buffalo,” said USITT Executive Director David Grindle. “I am incredibly grateful to the NEA for their support, and I’m even more excited that we can return it to the small businesses in New York where we will buy the supplies to build this exhibition that will showcase the best designs from professionals and students across the nation.”

Upstate New York is home to arts organizations and many businesses that employ people in providing everything from lumber to fabric to rigging for the arts.

“The NEA grant is being used as an opportunity to train skilled labor in New York and to share American design abroad as it tours to venues across the nation,” Grindle said.

The United States is one of approximately 90 nations represented at the Prague Quadrennial and is the only Prague Quadrennial Exhibition built by students.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit