People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos Receives Grant from the National Endowment on the Arts

People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos Receives Grant from the National Endowment on the Arts

April 26, 2012 (Trenton, NJ) — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos is one of 788 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos is recommended for a $15,000 grant to conduct four literature reading, discussion, and writing programs with incarcerated audiences, homeless individuals, and Spanish-speaking parents in Trenton. The 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and support 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.

Reading Literature: Writing our Stories will reach 75 participants including incarcerated men and women preparing for reentry into their communities at Bo Robinson Education and Training Center; homeless men enrolled in a comprehensive adults education program at the Rescue Mission of Trenton; and, Spanish-speaking parents of children enrolled at the Puerto Rican Community Day Care Center in Trenton. Programs will meet for ten, 120-minute sessions and guest authors will present two sessions, inviting participants to write their own creative pieces. Authors will also lead discussions and read from their published work.

Chairman Landesman said, “The arts should be a part of everyday life. Whether it’s seeing a performance, visiting a gallery, participating in an art class, or simply taking a walk around a neighborhood enhanced by public art, these grants are ensuring that across the nation, the public is able to experience how art works.”

The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications under the Art Works category for this round of funding, requesting more than $78 million in funding. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

Patricia Andres, Executive Director of People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos, said, “We are thrilled to be able to bring our reading and writing program to reentry centers, minimum security prisons, and community-based organizations. The opportunity to present such guest authors as C.K. Williams and Paul Muldoon with our audiences helps us bring great literature to those who haven’t experienced it.”