University of the Arts to Receive Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

May 17, 2024

University of the Arts has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award. This grant will support the university’s Inspiration Lab (iLAB) Artist-in-Residence program for emerging and mid-career artists who demonstrate strong professional creative practices across a broad range of disciplines, including visual arts, new media, performance, design, film, moving images, writing, choreography, curatorial practice, and music composition and performance.

During nine-month residencies, iLAB artists receive the critical support they need to reflect, experiment, and produce compelling new work, while receiving stipends and studio space together on UArts’ campus.

Additionally, iLAB offers the local arts and culture community, K–12 students, and the public experiences to learn and interact with artists, each other, and the world at large in effective and innovative ways. 

“Projects like UArts’ Inspiration Lab (iLAB) exemplify the creativity and care with which communities are telling their stories, creating connection, and responding to challenges and opportunities in their communities—all through the arts,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson. “So many aspects of our communities such as cultural vitality, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, and the economy are advanced and improved through investments in art and design, and the National Endowment for the Arts is committed to ensuring people across the country benefit.”

In total, the NEA will award 1,135 Grants for Arts Projects awards as part of its second round of fiscal year 2024 grants.

Learn more about iLAB.