The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a grant to South Shore Arts. First District Democrat Congressman Pete Visclosky announced the grant award today (Tuesday) which will support a South Shore Arts instructor to provide art supplies and lead students in Lake, Porter, and La Porte counties in art projects inspired by the children’s book “The Skin You Live In,” by Michael Tyler and illustrated by David Lee Csisko, and the environmental conservation story “Waterville” by Nick Mantis.
All Arts Engagement in American Communities grant awards are for $10,000 and generally aim to support professional arts programming, including the presentation of artists or artwork and educational programs.
Congressman Pete Visclosky stated, “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have consistently supported funding for the NEA. While the current administration proposed to eliminate the NEA in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget request, I am pleased my colleagues and I on the House Appropriations Committee worked to include $145 million for the NEA in FY 2018 appropriations legislation, which is $5 million less than the FY 17 funding level. I commend John Cain and the staff of South Shore Arts for successfully utilizing this outstanding program for our youth and our communities, and I will continue to do all that I can to support this federal program.”
John M. Cain, Executive Director of South Shore Arts, stated, “At a time when funding for the arts in schools continues to decline, it’s encouraging that the most august arts funder in our nation would provide financial support for a grassroots program like ‘The Skin You Live In,’ which helps children hone their artistic skills while increasing their acceptance of themselves and others.”