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Monday, November 29, 2010

NEA Awards Utah Arts Festival a $15,000 Grant

For Immediate Release 11/23/10

The National Endowment for the Arts Awards
The Utah Arts Festival a $15,000 Grant in its 35th Anniversary Year

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Salt Lake City, UT: The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced it is awarding $15,000 to the Utah Arts Festival to support performances and commissions during its up-coming 35th anniversary.

The NEA award comes just in time to fulfill Utah Arts Festival Executive Director Lisa Sewell’s major long-range goal—to add funds to the artistic budget. Currently, it takes $1.6M to produce the four-day Festival. “Since taking over as director, one of my goals has been to increase the caliber of performances by adding funds directly to the artistic line item in the budget,” says Sewell. “I’m thrilled I can do that with help from the NEA.”

“The board of directors and staff have worked diligently over the past four years to ensure the Festival is on a financially stable track,” continues Sewell. “I’m very happy that we are free from all past debts and in a very sound position as we enter our 35th year.”

Development Director Aimée Dunsmore adds, “A grant from the NEA is a significant stamp of approval for our organization.”

The Utah Arts Festival is the state’s largest outdoor multi-disciplinary arts event encompassing four days every June and is ranked 39th nationally among arts festivals.
More than 140 visual artists, 100+ performing artists, and 18 culinary artists make up the yearly festival held downtown on Library Square.

The 2011 Utah Arts Festival runs from June 23 to 26. For details visit www.uaf.org .

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