NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman congratulates recipients of 2010 Peabody Awards
One out of five awardees received NEA funding earlier for their project
April 14, 2011
Washington, DC -- National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman congratulates the recipients of the 2010 Peabody Awards, in particular seven of the awardees that received grants from the NEA to support what later became their Peabody Award-winning project. Nearly 1 out of 5 of this year's Peabody award recipients were funded by the NEA prior to their Peabody. The NEA's support helped bring those projects to completion.
"We're so very proud that the NEA, on behalf of the American public, has been able to provide support for these exceptional projects that embody beautifully crafted storytelling and make these stories available to millions of people," said NEA Director of Media Arts Alyce Myatt.
The National Endowment for the Arts has supported media projects; film, video, audio, and other forms of digital and Web-based media projects since its earliest days. In 2010, the NEA awarded 97 grants totaling $3.19 million through its regular grants program, Access to Artistic Excellence, and an additional 53 grants and $4 million awarded through the Arts on Radio and Television category for a one year total of 170 grants and more than $7 million to support some of the best film and radio programs.
The seven Peabody Award-winning and NEA-funded projects are:
Great Performances: Macbeth (PBS)
Independent Lens: Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian (PBS)
The Moth Radio Hour (Public Radio Stations)
Elia Kazan: A Letter to Elia (PBS)
William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible (PBS)
POV: The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (PBS)
Film aficionados will enjoy an Art Works podcast with John Williams available on NEA's Art Works blog. The 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient, composer John Williams discusses the art of scoring films.
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.
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