NEA Media Arts Press Release, June 15th 2017


Contact: Ellen Lake,, 510-841-7000, click here to  apply for Media Arts Residency Award

Date: June 15, 2017

More Than $82 Million Awarded for Arts Projects Nationwide

Includes $25,000 awarded to Kala Art Institute for a new media arts residency program

Berkeley, CA – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $25,000 to Kala Art Institute to support a media arts residency program. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as Kala Art Institute in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

“This fantastic support from the NEA allows Kala to expand our residency opportunities for artists and the community. We’re looking forward to experiencing adventurous and engaging media arts projects in the Kala studios, gallery, and beyond.” — Perrin Meyer, Kala Art Institute Board President

About the Media Arts Residency: Kala’s new Media Arts Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program will provide artists with a six-month residency with 24/7 access to Kala’s state-of-the-art technical facilities, along with the opportunity to produce work in collaboration with Kala programs, a culminating exhibition in the Kala gallery, and in-house expertise for the duration of the residency. Four artists working in and across video, sound, performance, cinema, and installation will pilot this new program, a creative residency at Kala to create multi-media projects that culminate in Kala gallery public programming.

Seeing Time – Time Traveler, 2015,  Desirée Holman, Ranu Mukherjee, and Yasuaki Onishi

About Kala:
Kala is a vital community hub for artistic experimentation. Located in West Berkeley, Kala annually serves 125+ artist-in-residence and offers over 100 workshops open to the public in techniques ranging from screen-print to web design. Kala’s youth art programs reach 2,500 students in Alameda County public schools and through a seven-week on-site summer art camp, Camp Kala. In addition to core residency and education programs, Kala provides professional development opportunities for artists including commissions for new work, exhibitions, teaching, consulting, and art sales. With access to a wide array of traditional and digital equipment in the print studio and electronic media center, Kala fosters a fresh approach to artistic experimentation, as Kala artists investigate the interface of digital work, work made by hand, and everything in between. To learn more about Kala, please visit our website,

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