The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Chicago Film Archives is one of the 788 not-for-profit national, regional and state organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. These Art Works grants support 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 NEA received 1,624 eligible applications under the Art Works category for this round of funding. The Chicago Film Archives has been awarded its full request from the NEA and expects to meet the required match this coming year to stabilize the Ruth Page Dance Collection in its entirety.
Illinois’ 7th District Representative Danny Davis remarked,
Ruth Page was an extraordinary pioneer of dance in America. The moving image collection acquired by the Chicago Film Archives is an irreplaceable treasure. The Archives, by preserving and protecting this legacy, are ensuring that this treasure will be available for generations to come. I congratulate the Archives, and all the dedicated people who work there, on winning this grant and applaud their vision and initiative in undertaking this project.
We are ready to get started on this fascinating collection from Chicago’s premiere and iconic twentieth century dance figure. Containing nearly 1,000 items, CFA will stabilize, digitize and catalog this collection over a three-year period. It’s with great honor that as a result of this grant, CFA will soon be able to publicly present the history, accomplishments and artistry of the Chicago dancer and choreographer, Ruth Page. By building upon both the Ruth Page and the Morrison-Shearer Foundation dance collections, CFA can begin to retell Chicago’s history of dance.