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Engel Announces $25,000 in NEA Funding for Mind-Builders Creative Arts in the Bronx

Engel Announces $25,000 in NEA Funding for Mind-Builders Creative Arts in the Bronx

Bronx, NY— Congressman Eliot Engel, a member of the Congressional Arts Caucus, today announced the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a $25,000 grant for the Mind-Builders Creative Arts Co. in the Bronx. The grant money will be used to train youth from low-income neighborhoods in folklore research so they can identify and document folk artists in their Bronx communities.

“The NEA’s Art Works Program provides opportunities for Americans to engage with the arts by funding creative arts projects across the country. I’m pleased that NEA has recognized the artistic contributions made by the Mind-Builders Creative Arts Co.,” Engel said. “I have been a long-time advocate for federal funding for the arts and will continue to support the NEA and promote equal access to the arts in our communities. This funding will help expand learning opportunities for young people, while encouraging them to connect to their heritage and the wider Bronx community. I am excited to see what Mind-Builders will be able to accomplish with this federal support.”

“This award from NEA is appreciated as a continuance of vital support in our 40th Anniversary year that highlights the historic preservation and cultural understanding that Mind-Builders Dr. Beverly Robinson Community Folk Culture program fuels – celebrating our differences, acknowledging masters of various family traditions, and documenting the history and culture of so many who bring beauty and power to our daily lives. Thank you NEA and Congressman Engel for fueling these economic and unifying influences in our communities! Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center is truly grateful,” said Mind-Builders Executive Director Madaha Kinsey-Lamb.