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Springdale, AR – January 25, 2024
Local non-profit organization, INTERFORM, is selected to receive a grant award of $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Local nonprofit, INTERFORM, is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $25,000.00. This grant will support the creative community through a continuation of the EMERGE Designer Residency program, which includes workshops, career development and fashion design courses. In total, the NEA will award 958 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling more than $27.1 million that were announced as part of its first round of fiscal year 2024 grants.
“The NEA is delighted to announce this grant to INTERFORM, which is helping contribute to the strength and well-being of the arts sector and local community,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “We are pleased to be able to support this community and help create an environment where all people have the opportunity to live artful lives.”
Since its inception in 2016 with the revitalization of Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week by founder and CEO Robin Atkinson, INTERFORM has significantly expanded its reach. Its programs now encompass a wide array of initiatives, including education, community empowerment, visual arts, culture, and professional development within the fashion industry. This evolution reflects INTERFORM’s commitment to nurturing a diverse and inclusive arts and culture sector, fostering an environment where creative talent can thrive and contribute to the community.
“We are beyond grateful to receive this grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to continue our mission to empower creativity, foster inclusion, and spark positive change in a self-sustaining arts and culture community,” says Robin Atkinson, CEO of INTERFORM.
For more information on other projects included in the NEA’s grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
About INTERFORM: INTERFORM is a 501c3 non-profit organization at the forefront of creative growth and change in our community. We envision a self-sustaining design-led fashion and art industry in Northwest Arkansas and we build robust programs to directly support that vision. We foster greater levels of creativity and provide the right education and resources needed to grow our designers and artists. We uplift and center the creative works of those who are underrepresented and use our platform to encourage others to do the same. We are here to propel creatives forward and aid in their professional journey.
About National Endowment for the Arts: Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is an independent federal agency that is the largest funder of the arts and arts education in communities nationwide and a catalyst of public and private support for the arts. By advancing equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, the NEA fosters and sustains an environment in which the arts benefit everyone in the United States.