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Joelle Dietrick Receives NEA Challenge America Grant

Published January 5, 2015

Joelle Dietrick. Mural study. 2014. Final image to be made in collaboration with PACE Center for Girls, Tallahassee, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida—National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced today that Florida State University is one of only 163 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America grant.

Florida State University is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support
Systems + Circumstance, a community-based, data-visualization-inspired mural about housing under the leadership of Tallahassee artist Joelle Dietrick and in cooperation with the PACE Center for Girls (PACE), a local, accredited, nonprofit school for at-risk girls.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Challenge America including the award to Florida State University. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

Joelle Dietrick commented, “I am absolutely thrilled to have the NEA’s stamp of approval on a project that I’ve been developing for the past two years. The grant is a testament to the importance of visual art studio practices that involve other voices as a way to discuss complex systems like housing markets.”

The Challenge America category supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The NEA received 347 eligible Challenge America applications and will award 163 grants for a total of $1.63 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Challenge America support, please visit the NEA website at Follow the conversation about this and other NEA-funded projects on Twitter at#NEAFall2014.