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February 16, 2018

American Ballet Theatre to Receive $75,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Scene from Swan Lake. Photo: Gene Schiavone

New York, New York – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $75,000 to American Ballet Theatre to support the Company’s 2018 national tour. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEA-supported projects, such as this one to American Ballet Theatre, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities and connections the arts bring.”

“American Ballet Theatre received the very first grant from the NEA in 1965,” said ABT Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett.  “We are honored, elated and grateful 53 years later to continue the tradition of bringing the best of ballet to the widest possible audience.  America’s National Ballet Company® includes dancers representing 27 states and 16 countries, and we are committed to sharing their remarkable achievements with diverse audiences nationwide.”

American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 national and international tour began January 30 in Washington, D.C.  The 2018 tour includes engagements in Detroit, Lincoln, Chicago, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, Vail and Orange County, California.  For more information, please visit

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit

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