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Otterbein University to Receive $15,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

March 06, 2018
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $15,000 to Otterbein University for “Another Place: Images and Stories from a Refugee’s World,” an exhibition by photographer and filmmaker Tariq Tarey with poet Ladan Osman, a 2006 graduate of Otterbein.

“Another Place” juxtaposes the storytelling prowess of Tariq Tarey’s photographs and films with the visually evocative poems of Ladan Osman. Through the work of these award-winning creatives, who both came to the United States as refugees from Somalia, the exhibition moves the viewer beyond sweeping generalizations and mind-numbing refugee counts into dialogue with personal lives, humanizing the refugee experience.  

“Another Place” will run through April 28 at the Frank Museum of Art, 39 S. Vine Street. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. during the University’s academic year. For information call 614.818.9716.

The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus 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/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to [name of org], are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.”

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

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