We are excited to announce that the Key West Literary Seminar has been chosen as one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.
The $10,000 award from the NEA will allow us to complete the digitization of archival audio recordings created at seminars during the 1980s and 1990s. These include presentations by Annie Dillard, Elmore Leonard, Barbara Ehrenreich, Joseph Heller, Tony Kushner, Jamaica Kincaid, and Robert Stone. Digitization is a crucial component of our Audio Archives Project, which produces unique presentations by some of the world’s most influential writers for use by educators, students, and readers worldwide. The project began in 2007 and received a major boost in 2009 with funding from the Florida State Department’s Division of Cultural Affairs. We are honored to have the support of the National Endowment for the Arts as we embark on the final push to preserve these important recordings.