Adirondack Center for Writing has been recommended for a highly selective grant from a prestigious national arts organization for consistent excellence in arts programming. 

Well, the news is it out! The largest arts organization in the country has selected ACW to receive a $50,000 grant. ACW was among 8,000 institutions to apply for this opportunity; just 567 were awarded. We’re the only arts organization located in the Adirondacks to receive this honor, made possible via the NEA and the American Rescue Plan. 

“We’re ecstatic that the National Endowment for the Arts has embraced ACW with this grant. It’s a giant vote of confidence, a signal that the work ACW has done for the last 22 years is essential and must continue. We’ve worked hard over the last two years to make sure ACW comes out of the pandemic as strong as we were when it began. Thanks to our ability to adapt our dynamic programming, the support of our North Country community, and this gift from the NEA—we’re poised to come out of this stronger than ever.” 

 Executive Director, Nathalie Thill 

These funds are being awarded to serve two essential functions: 1) to maintain ACW’s staff salaries and operational budget and 2) to continue to pay the writers, teachers, and performers who make ACW programs so beloved. With this support, we’re designing a new, largely outdoor writing festival to take place here in the Adirondacks in the late summer. A multi-day celebration of reading and writing is a foundational piece of many regional writing communities, and it’s time that the North Country has its own.

“Our nation’s arts sector has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan funding will help arts organizations, such as Adirondack Center for Writing, to remain open and build new programs. The arts are crucial in helping America’s communities heal, unite, and inspire, as well as essential to our nation’s economic recovery.” 

– Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, chair of the NEA.

At this time last year, the NEA released a report highlighting arts nonprofits that had found success programming safely during year one of the pandemic; NEA officials singled out ACW, noting how our programs “kept pace with the changing needs of its public as COVID-19 spread.” Read the full report here. 

For more information on the NEA’s American Rescue Plan grants, including the full list of arts organizations funded in this announcement, visit

2 thoughts on “National Endowment for the Arts Awards ACW $50,000

  1. Simply wonderful!! Congratulations, and keep up the awesome work with an eye on what’s important. ADK Center for Writing had done it!!!

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