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NEA Names $40,000 Grant to American Theatre Wing

Howard The National Endowment for the Arts has recommended the American Theatre Wing for a $40,000 to grant support the Wing's SpringboardNYC and Theatre Intern Group programs. One of 1,145 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations, the Wing is part of NEA's second round of 2011 grants, reported Playbill.  The American Theater Wing is most recognized as the creator of the Tony Awards, which occurred last Sunday.

In a released statement, executive director of the American Theatre Wing Howard Sherman said, “At a time when funding for the arts is particularly challenged, we are enormously grateful for this grant from the National Endowment for the Arts – the first in the American Theatre Wing’s history.” He added, “It is recognition that our work in support of young professionals entering the theater field is of significant national value.”

The Wing's Theatre Intern Group provides social and professional opportunities for those who currently serve as an intern in the theatrical industry. Its SpringboardNYC offers college students the chance to attend workshops, field trips, and more to prepare them for life as theatrical artists in New York City. Back Stage spoke to Springboard's NYC founder and director in March.

Pictured: Howard Sherman (Photo: Getty Images)

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