BELFAST, Maine — Waterfall Arts has been selected to receive one of the 162 Challenge America Fast-Track Grants of $10,000 awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts to organizations nationwide.
“Art works everywhere, which is why the NEA’s Challenge America Fast-Track program supports projects from primarily small and mid-sized arts organizations that extend the reach of the arts to underserved audiences — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability,” National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman said in a recent press release.
With 375 eligible applications submitted from across the country, there was significant competition for funding for these grants.
The funds will be used to undertake a major assessment of Waterfall Arts’ Belfast building, the former Governor Anderson School, including structural and energy systems analysis and investigation of moisture problems. The funds may also be used in making the building more handicapped accessible.
Waterfall Arts’ Facilities Committee, under the leadership of Matt O’Malia of Belfast’s award-winning GO Logic Homes, will develop a long-term, high-efficiency renovation plan by the end of June 2012.
As a contemporary arts center, Waterfall Arts offers classes, residencies, exhibitions, studio space and art and cultural events for all ages and abilities.
“This NEA grant is the first step in providing the midcoast area with a state-of-the-art facility for arts education, performance space, exhibits and residencies,” said Alan Crichton, board president and co-founder of Waterfall Arts.