Chicago—Black Alphabet NFP is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive a Grant for Arts Projects award of $20,000. This grant will support Black Alphabet Film Festival’s national footprint. This grant is one of 1,251 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling nearly $28.8 million that were announced by the NEA as part of its first round of the fiscal year 2023 grants. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D. “Projects such as this one with Black Alphabet Film Festival strengthen arts and cultural ecosystems, provide equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, and contribute to the health of our communities and our economy.” We are delighted to receive our first federal grant. 2023 is Black Alphabet NFP’s 10th year, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our work than by gaining support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and our federal Government,” said Black Alphabet NFP Executive Director Adam L. McMath. Black Alphabet Film Festival is our flagship program and is the world’s oldest Black LGBTQ+-focused film festival. We strive to amplify black LGBTQ+ voices through the arts, and with the NEA’s support, we will be able to continue this critical work.
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