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National Endowment for the Arts to fund visual storytelling project at Alabama State University

The Alabama State University Department of Visual Arts is the recent recipient of a $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to further its work on visual storytelling and to continue its efforts to amplify black voices.


“Through seminars and workshops, visual storytelling will serve as a bridge connecting young artists of today with the rich historical voices of their past. The workshops will focus on developing visual storytellers in traditional and digital mediums by connecting direct instruction in the art form with the relevant stories from the past,” said Nathaniel Allen, chair of the Visual Arts department.


Allen pointed out that the project will provide instruction on ways to utilize various media and new technologies in visual storytelling, while examining the representation of the black community.


The Department of Visual Art’s project is among 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this first round of the fiscal year 2021 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects funding category.


“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as ASU’s Department of Visual Arts reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers.


“Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”


The project is slated to begin the summer of 2021

Courtesy of Alabama State University

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