PNB earns NEA grant for anniversary program

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently awarded Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) one of 832 NEA Art Works grants. 

PNB is recommended for a $40,000 grant to support the presentation of “Director’s Choice,” the closing program of PNB’s 40th-anniversary season. It will feature a world premiere by Christopher Wheeldon and two works by George Balanchine. The production will be presented in seven performances, from May 31 through June 9, 2013, in Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. 

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. 

Panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff reviewed the applications, and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at

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