UNCG Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference

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NC Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa has announced that the NC Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The grant will support the Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts (SEA) Conference to be held on Feb. 21, 2015.

The SEA Conference is a one-day, regional conference supporting professional development for emerging artists. SEA connects students and artists from community and university populations, providing them with the entrepreneurial strategies and resources necessary to take artists from survival to success. Conference sessions are led by successful artists in the fields of visual, performing, literary and media arts. Subject matter experts also lead sessions on basic business skills and planning to help emerging artists become self-supporting and successful in their careers. Over the past five years, the event has engaged over 1,200 creative professionals and students and featured more than 125 regional and national speakers, such as Roy Underhill, Beverly McIver, Dennis Quaintance, Jim Gallucci, Ben Owen III, Bill Mangum and Stephen Robinson.

“The SEA Conference helps artists develop skills to evolve their passion into a profitable endeavor,” said NCEC Director and conference co-chair Justin Streuli. “Our goal is for artists to leave the conference with the know-how to establish a fulltime business using their art, without having to support themselves with another job.”

“The conference embodies the UNCG commitment to building vibrant communities, providing valuable knowledge and connections to creative professionals and arts organizations throughout the Southeastern United States,” added UNCG Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development Bryan Toney.

"NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation's artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape,” said NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa. Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 were recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

The North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center (NCEC) at UNCG provides co-curricular and outreach programs to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses and to serve as a catalyst for the creation of sustainable and globally competitive enterprises in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina, and beyond. For more information on NCEC programs, visit ncec.uncg.edu or call 336-256-8649.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a challenging, supportive and engaged community where learning is carried forward to Do something bigger altogether. Founded in 1891, UNCG is the largest and most diverse university in the Triad, serving nearly 18,000 students. Standing apart from other universities, the UNCG community is joined together by a shared value: We define excellence not only by the people we attract, but by the meaningful contributions they make.

Contact: Justin T. Streuli, jtstreul(at)uncg(dot)edu, 336-256-8647

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