NEA Art Works Grant to Support Story Week 2013


Grant part of NEA announcement of 788 Art Works grants and $24.81 million in funding nationwide

CHICAGO (May 15, 2012) — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman has announced that Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department’s Story Week Festival of Writers 2013 is one of 788 not-for-profit national, regional, state and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

Story Week will receive a $15,000 grant to support “Voices for Change,” its 2013 weeklong literary festival of readings, panels, conversations with authors, performances, and writing workshops, which will explore the power of story to promote understanding among people from various backgrounds.

The 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“We’re thrilled and honored to be recognized by the NEA,” said Randall Albers, the festival’s founding producer and chair of the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago. “Story Week’s mission is to expose audiences to the widest possible range of voices, to break boundaries and expand thinking. This additional funding certainly will help us further our reach.”

Story Week 2013 plans seventeen author and editor events—all free and open to the public—offered throughout the day and evening during the week of March 17-22. Held at various venues in the city, the festival is also expanding its audience reach through selected podcasts on its website and on Chicago Public Radio’s Chicago Amplified.

The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications under the Art Works category for this round of funding, requesting more than $78 million in funding. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at

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