National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairwoman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an art works grant of $15,000 to Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Arts Center for the after-school media arts program, Buffalo Youth Media Institute. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 972 grants in this category.
“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
"I want to thank the NEA for their continued support of this amazing program. This support allows us to offer free media arts education for a passionate and talented group of young makers in the Buffalo area, providing them a venue to express their voice and hopes for their region," said Kevin Kline, director of education at Squeaky Wheel.
Buffalo Youth Media Institute (est. 2005) is a free, out-of-school, community-based media arts education program serving youth ages 13-19 year-round. Participants explore digital media tools and techniques as an artistic medium through a project-based curriculum designed to cultivate 21st century skills in digital literacy, critical thinking, collaboration, self-direction and creativity. Since 2014, Squeaky Wheel has been collaborating with the Buffalo Center for Art & Technology as a venue for the program. It includes a six-week summer intensive as well as an advanced level track that exposes students to high-level learning, community collaborations and professional development opportunities.