The National Endowment for the Arts has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is a grant of $25,000 to Grand Performances to support First Peoples, New Voices II, the 2nd year of Grand Performances’ series featuring artists from North American Indigenous communities.

The First Peoples, New Voices II series is part of GP’s 2018 summer season at California Plaza. (Can’t wait to share details with you in a couple months!) Dance, story-telling, film, and music will highlight traditional and 21st-century expressions of the diverse voices in Indigenous communities.

With LA County having the largest number of off-reservation Native Americans of any county in the United States, we feel that it is critical to connect excellent, distinctive Indigenous artists with a vibrant, diverse audience. We are honored for the support from the NEA this year and for the many years they have sustained our work.

The President closed the State of the Union address to Congress on January 30th by attributing the greatness of our country to the American people, and noted that “Americans fill the world with art and music. They push the bounds of science and discovery.” And yet, the President’s latest request again calls for the termination of our nation’s cultural grant-making agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Your help is again needed to make the case in support of federal investment in the arts. You did it last year, and helped #SAVEtheNEA. Short on time? You can tweet at your U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators too! Your voice can make a difference. Speak out to Congress and #SAVEtheNEA!