The Dance Center and Red Clay Dance Company Win 2019 NEA Grants

Photo: Phil Dembinski '08Photo: Phil Dembinski '08
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago and alum Vershawn Sanders-Ward’s ’02 Red Clay Dance Company receive 2019 Art Works grants, the NEA’s principal grantmaking program. 

On February 13, 2019 the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) announced more than $27 million in grants to continue its “efforts to provide all Americans with the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts. Through these grants, the NEA supports local economies and preserves American heritage while embracing new forms of creative expression.”

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago received $20,000 to support dance presentations and residencies. Red Clay Dance Company received $10,000 to support the creation and presentation of The Art of Resilience 2.0, a site-specific dance work choreographed by Columbia alum Vershawn Sanders-Ward ’02.

Both the Dance Center and Red Clay Dance Company received Art Works grants, the NEA’s principal grantmaking program. The Arts Endowment convened panels to review 1,605 eligible applications for funding and the agency awarded 972 grants ranging from $10,000-$100,000 totaling more than $25 million.

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.