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St. Norbert College to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant

From St. Norbert College, May 15, 2015
by Erich Wegenke, erich.wegenke@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

The National Endowment for the Arts will award a grant of $10,000 to St. Norbert College to support its Greening the Bay artist residency. The grant is one of 1,023 awards, totaling $74.3 million, that the NEA has made nationwide in this funding round.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) chairman Jane Chu said, "The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects, like the one from St. Norbert College, represents an investment in both local communities and our nation's creative vitality."

The Greening the Bay artist residency will bring nationally recognized interdisciplinary artists PlantBot Genetics to Green Bay for a three-week residency, from June 9 - 30. The artists will host their dynamic Moth Project throughout partner sites in and around Green Bay. The project involves a series of portable, artistic garden lights, powered by solar panels, which are designed to attract moths for pollination. The Moth Project aims to combine art, sustainability, and entomological and horticultural research. It uses performance, sculpture and community data-gathering to speak about ecology in general and the importance of pollinators in particular.

Community members will have the opportunity to engage with the artists of PlantBot Genetics and their work through exhibitions, demonstrations, multimedia installations and lectures. The artists in residence will receive a materials stipend, travel fees, and room and board, as well as access to studio, research and performance spaces.

Through its grants to thousands of nonprofit organizations each year, the NEA promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

A full list of events and sites for the Moth Project will be available at http://www.snc.edu/moths in the coming weeks. For more information, please contact Katie Ries by email at katie.ries@snc.edu, or by phone at 920-403-2996. To join the Twitter conversation about the NEA grants announcement, use the hashtag #NEASpring2015. For more information on the National Endowment for the Arts, visit http://www.arts.gov. To learn more about the projects that received NEA grants in 2015, visit http://arts.gov/news/2015/74-million-funds-hundreds-community-based-art-projects.