National Endowment for the Arts Announces Minnesota State Arts Board as Recipient of 2007 National Accessibility Leadership Award
Minnesota State Arts Board recognized for increasing access to the arts
December 5, 2007
Washington, D.C. — The National Endowment for the Arts announced the Minnesota State Arts Board as the recipient of the 2007 National Accessibility Leadership Award/grant for their outstanding accessibility work. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), the award recognizes exceptional and effective initiatives or programs that make the arts accessible and inclusive. The award will be presented on December 7, 2007, at the annual conference of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) in Baltimore, Maryland.
The award is presented to the Minnesota State Arts Board in acknowledgement of its exceptional leadership and highly effective work to make the arts fully inclusive throughout their organization, programming and state. Among the exceptional accomplishments of the Minnesota State Arts Board:
The Arts Endowment and NASAA established the National Accessibility Leadership Award in 2001. Since 2002, the award has provided a $30,000 NEA competitive grant to the selected state or regional arts agency to advance its access work. Previous award recipients are the Maine Arts Commission (2006); the Massachusetts Cultural Council (2005); the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (2004); the New York State Council on the Arts (2003); Ohio Arts Council 504/ADA Program (2002); and the Arizona Commission on the Arts (2001).
Information about the NEA AccessAbility Office and its programs and publications are available at http://www.nea.gov/resources/Accessibility/office.html.
About the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the membership organization of the nation’s state and jurisdictional arts agencies. The public sector plays a unique and essential role in ensuring that the benefits of the arts accrue to all American communities. State arts agencies broaden citizen access to the arts in every corner of the country, making the cultural, civic, educational and economic benefits of the arts an essential ingredient of state policy and practice.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
The NEA is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts -- both new and established -- bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. For more information, please visit www.arts.gov.
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