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November 17, 2011

NEA again increases funding to The Oxford American

The Oxford American received its fourth grant in as many years from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the funding amount was increased for the third year in a row.

The Oxford American Literary Project will receive a $30,000 Art Works grant through the NEA to support the publication and promotion of The Oxford American magazine.

In 2008, The Oxford American received its first-ever grant from the NEA in the amount of $10,000.  In 2009, the grant was increased to $15,000, and the award increased again in 2010 to $25,000.

The NEA announced the grant today as part of its latest round of funding.

"Today's award signals the NEA's continued confidence in our direction and is another sign of our ongoing progress," said Warwick Sabin, the publisher of The Oxford American magazine.  "With this support, we will be able to continue to produce one of the nation's leading literary publications."

The Oxford American has won three National Magazine Awards and other high honors since it began publication in 1992.  The New York Times has said that The Oxford American "may be the liveliest literary magazine in America."

Later this month, The Oxford American will release its 13th anniversary Southern Music Issue, which is accompanied by a CD.

Today's NEA grants support projects at not-for-profit organizations that are creating works of art through commissions and artists residencies; engaging the public with works of art through exhibitions, tours, and festivals; furthering lifelong learning in the arts in schools, communities, and at arts organizations; or increasing community livability through the arts.  Through these grants, the NEA will fund 863 projects with a total of $22.543 million.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, "Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA, and I’m pleased to see that principle represented through the 823 Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities."

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