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California arts get more than $4 million in NEA grant funding

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Arts instruction at a Southern California Charter School.

California organizations landed a large slice of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Wednesday - more than $4 million - with $392,000 of it going toward arts education.

 The agency awarded grants to 167 programs and organizations for fiscal year 2014, supporting everything from commissioned plays to creative writing to public murals. 

"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," NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa wrote in a statement. Nationwide, $25.8 million in funding was awarded.

New York was the only state awarded more funding than California. It received $6,544,500 for 241 grants.

In California, 11 grants were awarded for arts education projects. The city of San Fernando received  $57,000 for the Mariachi Master Apprentice Program, which pairs professional musicians with beginning and advanced mariachi students. Workshops for the program take place at San Fernando Middle School and Las Palmas Park.

A full list of winners in California is available on the NEA's website.

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