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NEA awards $26.3 million, with 122 recipients in California

NEA awards $26.3 million, with 122 recipients in California
The Great Wall of Los Angeles Mural, the creation of artist Judith Baca, will benefit from a new grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Despite a federal budget crunch that has resulted in a sequester, the National Endowment for the Arts announced this week it has awarded $26.3 million in new grants to cultural organizations around the country. The list of recipients includes 122 groups in California and 218 in New York.

The NEA said Tuesday the latest round of grants range from $4,000 to $125,000, with an average grant amount of $32,122. The grants were announced by the NEA's acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa.

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The group said it received 1,547 eligible applications under the "Art Works" category, requesting more than $80 million in funding. A total of 817 grants were made, according to the NEA.

Among the prominent Southern California groups to receive money are the Autry National Center, CalArts, the Colburn School, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the L.A. Stage Alliance.

The Social and Public Art Resource Center in Venice is receiving $90,000 for the expansion of the Great Wall of Los Angeles Mural, the public art project by Judith Baca that depicts the history of the city.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs received a grant of $60,000 to help support the next edition of RADAR L.A., a festival of new theater works. The first RADAR took place in 2011. The next edition of the biennial event is scheduled to take place in September.

The NEA's website has a full list of the grant recipients.

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