The National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $40,000 to the National Public Housing Museum to present a solo exhibition of Chicago-born, New York-based artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn (born 1977), and to train current and former public housing residents as museum educators. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category.
NPHM Executive Director, Dr. Lisa Yun Lee says of the project, "Quinn is a captivating artist who is producing some of the most important paintings today. The fact that his work also grapples with the history of public housing, makes him the perfect artist to inaugurate our contemporary art and cultural workforce training programs at the Museum." Lee also added, “We are proud of our community benefits agreement that commits us to providing museum and art history education for public housing residents, and to co-design a Museum tour with residents that will integrate their lived experiences.”
The exact dates of the exhibit are yet to be determined, but recruitment and training of public housing residents will begin in Fall 2019.