The Ringling Receives Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
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Sarasota, Florida—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2020. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $30,000 to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art for programming pertaining to Women and the Circus. This is one of 1015 grants nationwide that the agency has approved in this category.
“These awards demonstrate the resilience of the arts in America, showcasing not only the creativity of their arts projects but the organizations’ agility in the face of a national health crisis,” said Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “We celebrate organizations like The Ringling for providing opportunities for learning and engagement through the arts in these times.”
Steven High, The Ringling’s Executive Director said, “We are grateful to the NEA for the support they are providing to assist us to continue to develop important programming in the wake of the financial destruction caused by the COVID-19 shutdown. This programming will facilitate the telling of many stories, centered around women in the circus. We will be able to continue honoring The Ringling’s rich circus heritage and the Sarasota community’s love of both circus and performing arts.”
The grant will be used to support a two yearlong multidisciplinary program dedicated to the role of women in the Circus Arts. The activities will include live performances of contemporary circus, and theater that uses the devices of circus to elaborate contemporary narratives, symposia, labs and artist talks. Themes such as: women of color in circus, women and animals, women in the American circus; multigenerational women circus acts, and the female body in circus will be explored. Also included will be a series of circus poster exhibits featuring design and representation of women in circus poster art. The project will be carried out in partnership with the local circus community of Sarasota, national and international scholars, a multinational line up of artist performers and speakers and New College of Sarasota. All programs will be open to the public in either free or accessibly ticketed events.
For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
About The Ringling
The Ringling is a pre-eminent center for the arts, history and learning that is dedicated to bringing the past and contemporary culture to life through extraordinary visitor experiences. From its inception, The Ringling has joined the diverse visual traditions and theatrical spectacle of yesterday with the genre-defying global practitioners of today.
A place of exploration, discovery and respite, The Ringling’s campus in Sarasota, Florida – which includes the Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, an historic mansion, an 18th-century theater and bayfront gardens – is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As the State Art Museum of Florida and part of Florida State University, The Ringling fulfills an important educational mission. The Ringling offers formal and informal programs of study serving as a major resource for students, scholars, and lifelong learners of every age within the region, across the country and around the world.
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