Park University has received a $7,500 National Endowment for the Arts "Art Works" grant to partially fund the "Poetry at Park" initiative established by Virginia Brackett, Ph.D., assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
, associate professor of English
and director of the Degree with Honors
program. The grant will support writing workshops, performances at magnet high schools in the Kansas City, Mo., area, and a public reading by The Symphony, a group of four African-American and Latino poets. "Poetry at Park" is an initiative first developed in 2010 as a part of the University's Missouri Arts Council grant-supported Ethnic Voices Poetry Series.
Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence and public engagement with diverse and exceptional art, lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening of communities through the arts. "It speaks volumes about the importance of the University's willingness to continue to support the arts," Brackett said of the grant, which will be matched by the University. "The NEA funders found the collaboration aspect of the project quite attractive. When I spoke with a representative after funding was announced, she told me the funding represented a stamp of approval from one of the most prestigious organizations supporting the arts today."