JBU Receives $10k Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 15, 2009) — The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded John Brown University a $10,000 grant to support Giving Voice: A Festival of Writing and the Arts.

“In its fourth year, Giving Voice has grown into a major celebration of creative writing and the arts for hundreds of high school students in the region, and for the community of Siloam Springs and the surrounding area,” said Dr. Gary Guinn, distinguished professor of English and the director of Giving Voice. “The National Endowment for the Arts grant has allowed us to expand our offerings and to involve more students from underserved schools in this region.”

Area high school students will be invited to the JBU campus for a workshop-filled day designed to encourage their creative skills. Workshops will include choral, Readers Theater, art, fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

The two-day event will be held February 11 and 12 and feature artists including poet Andrew Hudgins, nonfiction writer Sari Fordham, and a New York Times best selling fiction writer Leif Enger. In addition to funding top-notch speakers, the grant will help fund workshop scholarships for underserved students in the area. JBU is one of nine organizations in Arkansas to receive a grant from the NEA for 2010.

The festival website is http://www.jbu.edu/events/giving_voice/