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PIC Awarded NEA Grant for Mele Murals

Posted on June 08, 2015

Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. 

In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make a $35,000 award to Pacific Islanders in Communications to support production, post-production, and outreach costs for PIC-funded film Mele Murals, a film by Tadashi Nakamura (Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings). Produced by ʻŌiwi TV, the film profiles graffiti artists Estria Miyashiro and John Hina and explores the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round. 

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 PIC represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.” 

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring2015. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov

Categories: Funding, Projects