Vermilionville receives $30,000 NEA grant

National Endowment for the Arts announced that the Vermilionville Living History Museum Foundation is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

Vermilionville is recommended for a $30,000 grant to support “Local Learning @ Vermilionville”. NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, “The NEA is pleased to announce that Vermilionville is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation’s artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape.”

The program allows Vermilionville artisans and Acadiana Center for the Arts teaching artists to conduct classroom residencies throughout the school year. It highlights the importance of passing on traditions through generations, practicing interviewing skills, and creating a hands-on art project that culminates the students’ experiences. The program will expand in year two by involving French immersion students, artisans, and artists.

Vermilionville’s Museum Operations Coordinator Jolie Johnson added, “We are very excited to continue this program for a second year. We gained valuable insights into classroom residencies and integration of the visual arts with folk arts. It has been a fulfilling experience to see students value their heritage and learn more about our region’s cultures.

Vermilionville’s goal is for teachers to view our historic village as an extension of their classroom.” For more information about the grant monies or the education initiative, contact Jolie Johnson by calling (337) 233-4077 or e-mailing . Art Works grants 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 enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts.

The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.

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