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Otterbein University to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

December 14, 2016
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—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 $20,000 to Otterbein University to support the exhibition and artists residency, “Between Us: Identity and Relationship in Tibetan Contemporary Art.” 

The series will explore contemporary Tibetan art featuring the work of brothers Tsherin Sherpa and Tulku Jamyang (TJ). Although their work is rooted in the traditional thangka painting style that features meditational figures or Buddhist teachings, the artists' current work explores issues related to identity, cultural shifts and modernity. A public artists talk with introductory remarks by guest curator, Dr. Ariana Maki, and exhibition catalogue will discuss Tibetan contemporary art, its relationship to traditional Tibetan art, and its role in defining an emerging Tibetan culture in the diaspora.

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 Otterbein, 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.” 

Otterbein is one of 27 Ohio organizations and individual artists to receive funding and Ohio is 10th in the nation for number of grants awarded by state. The total dollar amount of grants given across Ohio is $682,000 for this funding round. 

“We’re incredibly proud of the creative individuals and thriving arts organizations that call Ohio home,” said Donna S. Collins, Ohio Arts Council executive director. “It is especially exciting to see support for a wide variety of art forms and projects—from opera to creative writing, media arts to creative place making, and more.”

“We are grateful that the NEA supports our commitment to global education and to bringing international talent to central Ohio through our Otterbein and the Arts: Opening Doors to the World program,” said Otterbein President Kathy Krendl. “Thanks to this grant, our spring exhibition of Tibetan contemporary art will give the public a glimpse into a culture that is not often represented locally.”

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

About the National Endowment for the Arts: Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.

About the Ohio Arts Council: The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Find the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at oac.ohio.gov.

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