A Homer art gallery is one of just 153 arts organizations nationwide to receive a “Challenge America Fast-Track Grant” from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Bunnell Street Arts Center will receive $10,000 in grant money from the NEA.
Adele Groning is acting Executive Director for Bunnell. She says the money will go toward continuing the organization’s Artist-In-Residency program.
"It's something we've been doing for about three years now," said Groning. "We've always hosted informal artist residencies ... but it's something we've been growing."
The money should be enough to provide two more such residencies, says Groning, which typically last about a month.
She says the residencies in Homer are very popular with artists.
"A lot of them want to move here," said Groning. "It's such a different, small place. It's a very personal experience."
The NEA will award 153 Challenge America Fast-Track grants this year – totaling $1.53-million-dollars – to organizations in 41 states, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Groning says no decision has yet been made about who the next artist-in-residence might be – that will be up to a peer review committee and Executive Director Asia Freeman. She says the program helps to put Homer’s arts community on the national map.
Bunnell Street Arts Center isn’t the only Homer organization to receive grant money from NEA. Homer Council on the Arts will now have funding to support performances and workshops featuring “Quixotic,” an ensemble of visual artists that the council hopes to bring to Homer next year.