Haitian singer Emeline Michel, globalFEST March 2016

When you submit an NEA application, it feels like making a wish. A wish grounded in artistic excellence and community support, but a wish nonetheless. In a political climate that places funding for the NEA on the fringes, having that wish granted feels particularly validating. And for UtahPresents, that wish has become a reality with a $10,000 grant award for its annual Global Arts Series.

With over 1,700 applicants and a pool of $24 million funded, Art Works grants support organizations that meet the highest standards of artistic excellence, public engagement with art, and strengthen communities through the arts.

Starting in the 2015-2016 season, the Global Arts Series has brought artists from around the globe to perform for local audiences—including artists from Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, Haiti, Brazil, and Mexico, among others.

Compagnia T.P.O., coming April 2018

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as UtahPresents, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

During the 2017-18 UtahPresents season, audiences can look forward to another year of cultural vibrancy on stage with the Global Arts Series, with artists like Compagnia TPO, an Italian theatre group specializing in interactive theatre for children and illusionist Scott Silven from the UK to dazzle with his stylish approach to magic.