Surel’s Place has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support its artist-in-residency program.
This grant is one of 1,251 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling nearly $28.8 million that were announced by the NEA as part of its first round of fiscal year 2023 grants. This is the second time Surel’s Place has received this valuable grant support.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “Projects such as this one with Surel’s Place strengthen arts and cultural ecosystems, provide equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, and contribute to the health of our communities and our economy.”
“We are honored to partner once again with the NEA to bring artists from around the country and beyond to our Garden City home and studio,” said Greg Hahn, executive director. “These visiting artists bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to Idaho, and leave with new connections and inspirations.”
Each artist lives at Surel’s Place for a month, conducts at least one workshop in the community and presents their work and thoughts in a final exhibition, artist talk or performance. Surel’s Place welcomes artists of all disciplines and stages of their career. A review panel of local artists and alumni help select artists through a competitive application process.
In addition to its core artist-in-residency program, Surel’s Place offers short-term studio residencies and three year-long subsidized studio residencies to local artists, manages the First Friday Art and Studio Strolls in Garden City’s Surel Mitchell Live-Work-Create District, hosts pop-up art events and flash shows throughout the year, and last year launched the Garden City Placemaking Fund to use public art to build community around shared values in a time of rapid change in the Surel District.