TheatreSquared receives NEA grants for New Play Festival, COVID-19 recovery

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TheatreSquared officials last week announced the organization has received two new grants totaling $180,000 through the National Endowment for the Arts.

One grant will support the 2022 Arkansas New Play Festival, and another federally-funded grant will help with losses sustained from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“TheatreSquared is thrilled to have this important support for our state’s leading laboratory for bold new plays, and to help lay the foundation for Northwest Arkansas’s theatre to emerge even stronger from the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic, ” said T2 executive director Martin Miller in a press release.

The Arkansas New Play Festival is one of 1,248 projects chosen to receive funding in the Grants for Arts Projects category from the NEA. It’s the 11th straight year that the project, created to help nurture new plays through workshops and staged readings in an intensive two-to-three week process, has received NEA funding. To date, the Arkansas New Play Festival has helped develop more than 60 new plays since its inception.

The American Rescue Plan award will help with operations and facilities funding, purchasing health and safety supplies, and marketing efforts to encourage attendance, officials said.

In all, the NEA awarded more than $57 million to American arts organizations through its American Rescue Plan program.

Details about this year’s Arkansas New Play Festival will be released at a later date.

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