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California receives more than $4 million in NEA arts funding



File: Karina Reyes, left, and Damaris Marquez, right, share a laugh during a lesson offered by Harmony Project, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students and among 14
File: Karina Reyes, left, and Damaris Marquez, right, share a laugh during a lesson offered by Harmony Project, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students and among 14 "Art Works" grant winners in California.
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California organizations and individuals landed more than $4 million in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts in the latest round of grant awards.

That amount represents 14 percent of the total awards distributed across the country. Nationally, 1,116 grants were given out for a total of $29.1 million.

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"These new projects will continue to demonstrate the power the arts have to deepen value, build connections, and foster an atmosphere of creativity and innovation both at the community level and with individuals throughout the nation," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu in a written statement. 

In California, 161 grants were awarded. Among the winners are four poets from California who received an NEA Literature Fellowship in Creative Writing: Lynn Xu of Laguna Niguel, Brandon Brown of Oakland, Javier Zamora of San Rafael, and Ellen Bass of Santa Cruz.

The award gives writers $25,000 toward writing, research, travel and career advancement. In all, 36 people were selected across the country. 

The majority of the grant funding went toward the NEA's "Art Works" grants, which focus on fostering new art works and presenting existing art, as well as supporting public engagement and lifelong arts learning. The $2.5 million in Art Works grant funding went toward arts education.

In California, 14 Art Works arts education grants were awarded. The full list is available online, here's a selection of winners from Los Angeles.

The names of all the grant winners can be viewed on the NEA's website