Canyon Cinema to receive a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a $6000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Posted December 13th, 2016 in News / Events

Canyon Cinema Foundation Board of Directors and Staff are thrilled to announce that we will receive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts AND National Endowment for the Humanities in 2017.  These generous grants will support the Canyon Cinema 50 project and a Preservation Assessment of Canyon Cinema’s circulating film and historical document collections respectively.  This support comes at the end of what has been a year of forward momentum for our burgeoning non-profit and will help propel us towards fulfilling our mission and better serve our constituents of artists, scholars, curators and enthusiasts.

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Canyon Cinema to Receive $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
December 13, 2016
Contact – Antonella Bonfanti, 415-626-2255, antonella(at)canyoncinema.com

San Francisco – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $25,000 to Canyon Cinema Foundation for Canyon Cinema 50. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as Canyon Cinema Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

With this generous grant from NEA, Canyon Cinema will embark on the Canyon Cinema 50 (CC50) project which will celebrate the legacy of the Canyon Cinema Co-op with a wide-ranging local screening series in the San Francisco Bay Area and well as touring digital and 16mm film programs featuring newly created prints. By reigniting the artistic achievements and participatory ethos that have made Canyon Cinema such an enduring bastion of independent cinema, Canyon Cinema 50 will applaud Canyon’s rich historical legacy at the same time that it points towards new possibilities for an especially vital strand of American media art.

More information on Canyon Cinema can be found here.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

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Canyon Cinema to Receive $6,000 Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities 
December 13, 2016
Contact – Antonella Bonfanti, 415-626-2255, antonella(at)canyoncinema.com

San Francisco – Thanks to a $6,000 Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions awarded from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Canyon Cinema Foundation (CCF) will complete a general preservation assessment of our collections of film and related historical documents which represent 90 years of independent artist made film history. This preservation assessment project is the necessary first step towards the proper storage and care for our collections.

With its origins in the artist-run Canyon Cinema film distribution cooperative, the CCF collection traces the histories of non-commercial, independent and avant-garde filmmaking from the 1920s to the present. Throughout its 50-year existence, filmmaker-members of the Canyon Cinema Co-op deposited copies of their films under distribution agreements. The resulting collection of film prints in the custody of Canyon Cinema Foundation is an unparalleled body of independent and artists’ film still in use for exhibition and study. This circulating collection of film prints is a seminal resource for educators, students, curators and researchers. CCF’s loan program makes these film prints available to educational and cultural institutions worldwide. Through CCF’s public programming and online publications, we seek to educate audiences about the heritage and achievements of the artists represented in our collection of historical documents and films.

More information on Canyon Cinema can be found here.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities:
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

 

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