PORTopera receives National Endowment for the Arts
grant to support La Bohème

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that PORTopera is one of 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. PORTopera is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support their 2013 production of La Bohème.

La BohemePamela Armstrong in PORTopera's 1999 Production of La Bohème.

With beautiful sets, wonderful costumes and an orchestra of over 50 musicians, La Bohème will transfix you as it weaves the story of struggling young artists and friends in 19th century Paris with a love story of such magnificent beauty, it is an indelible experience you may never forget.

Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable opportunities for the public to engage with the arts."

In August 2012, the NEA received 1,547 eligible applications for Art Works grants requesting more than $80 million in funding. Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The 817 recommended NEA grants total $26.3 million and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

National Endowment for the ArtsFor a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

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