Salem Art Works to Receive NEA funding

CONTACT: Michelle Nagai

Salem Art Works to Receive $10,000 grant from the
National Endowment for the Arts

Salem, NY—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Salem Art Works for its summer Artist-in-Residence programming. The Art Works category focuses on 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 arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as Salem Art Works, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

Anthony Cafritz, the Executive Director of Salem Art Works, noted that the NEA Art Works grant will enable the organization to offer “programming of a quality commensurate with our grandest vision for what it means to participate in the SAW experience. We are thrilled with the news of this award.

 During the 2017 program, artists will be selected for one of three categories of residency: Fellows, Emerging Artists, and Intern Artists. Each resident will receive full room and board, a studio, and access to the complete roster of facilities available at Salem Art Works. For the first time ever, each resident artist will also receive a materials stipend to cover the cost of consumables and shop charges incurred during their residency. 

Applications for all 2017 artists residency programs at Salem Art Works are now live. Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2017.

 Salem Art Works is committed to serving artists. All of our programs, activities and services are provided equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, or disability. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit