ALBANY, Ga. – Albany State University has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The grant was awarded through the "Challenge America Fast-Track" program, which awarded $1.5 million in grants to 150 organizations across the country to increase the influence of arts programs in underserved communities, a press release from Congressman Sanford Bishop's office says.
“I am very grateful for the Challenge America Fast-Track grants and the positive impact they will have on the arts in Southwest Georgia,” Bishop, an Albany Democrat, said. “I commend the National Endowment of the Arts for joining Albany State College in their mission of bringing the arts closer to home, encouraging creativity with our students, and enriching our community in the process.”
The grant was well received by ASU officials.
“I’m absolutely thrilled at the news that ASU has received the NEA fast track grant again this year,” Leroy Bynum, Jr., dean of ASU’s College of Arts and Humanities, said. “By honoring us again with the award, the National Endowment for the Arts supports and validates ASU’s commitment to be the citadel for cultural enhancement and outreach for all of Southwest Georgia.”
According to the release, Fast-Track grants are only available to programs focusing on engagement with the community and strengthening the arts within the community. Albany State University was awarded the grant to bring world-renown pianist Awadagin Pratt to the school for a campus lecture, master class, and recital.