The 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 $15,000 to Independent Shakespeare Co. to present the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival. 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 Independent Shakespeare Co. in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

Eduardo A. Braniff, Chair of the Board of Directors comments, “We are honored to be recipient of the 2017 NEA grant and the support it provides ISC in providing art and theater in Los Angeles. More importantly, it is an honor for us to join the cohort of all 2017 NEA grantees because, together with all of them, ISC is ensuring that the arts remain a vital element of what it is to be American.”

Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, ISC’s free summer festival of outdoor performances invites all Angelenos to experience exceptional performances in a beautiful setting. Each summer the Festival creates a
center for Los Angeles through community and theater.

The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival 2017 will present Measure for Measure and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  #NEASpring17

Independent Shakespeare Co. creates theater that is dynamic, inclusive and accessible; enriching and strengthening our community and reaching new theater audiences. With our commitment to providing free theater, we redress the inequity of access to the performing arts. The festival audience is a vibrant cross-section of the City of Los Angeles. In counterpoint to national performing arts trends, 61% of the festival audience earns less than $50,000/year, 71% are under the age of 35, and 48% identify as people of color. Under the summer stars, a uniquely Los Angeles audience gathers to share the wonderful stories that have thrilled theater-goers for centuries and a center for the community to connect with one another and to a live arts event.