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Florida Department of State
Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State

For Immediate Release
June 02, 2011

Chris Cate

Secretary Browning Announces National Endowment for the Arts Grant to Florida Division of Historical Resources

$30,000 grant will support the Florida Folklife Program

TALLAHASSEE – Secretary of State Kurt Browning today announced that the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources has been recommended for a grant of $30,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the Florida Folklife Program.

“I am proud that the National Endowment for the Arts has chosen to support the work of the Division of Historical Resources,” said Secretary Browning. “Through the Florida Folklife Program, the division is able to document, identify, present, and preserve the state’s folklife and traditional cultures. This effort is a key component of the work the Department of State does to preserve Florida’s cultural heritage for the benefit of all its citizens.”

The Florida Division of Historical Resources is one of 1,145 not-for-profit national, regional, state and local organizations recommended for a grant as part of the federal agency’s second round of Fiscal Year 2011 grants. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute more than $88 million to support projects nationwide.

The Florida Folklife Program will use the grant to fund a variety of outreach activities, including the second year of a two-year survey of Florida Panhandle traditions, the presentation of folk artists at the Florida Folk Festival and other selected events, and the launch of a new series of Folklife Forums that will engage public input and community support for recognition of traditional folk artists. The grant will also support the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program, which provides an opportunity for master folk artists to train apprentices in technical skills and cultural knowledge in order to maintain their traditions as a vital part of our heritage.

An independent agency of the federal government, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) advances artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. In a press release to announce the nationwide funding, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “NEA research shows that three out of four Americans participate in the arts. The diverse, innovative and exceptional projects funded in this round will ensure that Americans around the country continue to have the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts.”

About the Florida Folklife Program

The Florida Folklife Program, a component of the Florida Department of State's Division of Historical Resources, documents and presents Florida’s folklife, folklore and folk arts. The program coordinates a wide range of activities and projects designed to increase the awareness of Floridians and visitors alike about Florida’s traditional culture. Established in 1979 by the legislature to document and present Florida folklife, this program is one of the oldest state folk arts programs in the nation. For more information about Florida folklife, visit http://www.flheritage.com/preservation/folklife/.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies and the philanthropic sector.  To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at www.arts.gov.

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