ST. PAUL (Dec. 16, 2013) — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced on December 10th that St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) is one of 895 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.
SPNN is recommended for a $12,000 grant to support Doc U, a documentary filmmaking program for low-income adults. Recognizing how little representation of minority communities there is in traditional media, SPNN created Doc U to help people from these communities tell their own stories.
Since 2012, Doc U has enrolled 12 low-income individuals annually in an intensive documentary filmmaking mentorship program, with over half the participants being women and/or people of color. The filmmakers create documentaries on a topic of their choosing, with past films on topics as diverse as a Tibetan monk in Minnesota; antique bottle hunting; the search for a kidney donor; and more. 2012 participant Theresa Crushon’s film about local jazz legend Irv Williams won a Hometown Media Award for Best Documentary from the Alliance for Community Media, a national media organization.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States,” said Acting Chairman Shigekawa. “Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the arts.”
Chad Johnston, Executive Director of SPNN said “We’re so proud of all the incredible work that’s been created by participants in Doc U. Students have covered a wide range of diverse topics, truly harnessing the power of media to illuminate under-represented stories. We are grateful to the NEA for their generous funding, giving us the ability to continue this important work.”
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 enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $ 23.4 million.
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.
SPNN is proud to be an asset to the community, offering valuable locally produced content alongside other services, including training, youth programming, and CTEP AmeriCorps. SPNN is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) community media center serving Saint Paul, MN and the Twin Cities metro area. The mission is to empower people to use media and communications to better lives, use authentic voice and build common understanding.
Saint Paul Neighborhood Network is located at 375 S Jackson St, Suite 250, Saint Paul, MN 55101. Call 651-224-5153 for more information.