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Arizona projects receive more than $500,000 in federal humanities grants


PHOENIX – A pair of Arizona projects received grants totaling more than half a million dollars from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which handed out $13.2 million in awards this week.

Arizona Western College received $400,000, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation was given $176,106.

The NEH distributed the grants to match private investment at 29 cultural institutions. They were the first awards under a program created in January to sustain the nation’s humanities infrastructure.

The Wright Foundation’s funding will go toward accessibility upgrades and theater renovations at Taliesin West in Scottsdale.

The former winter home and studio of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright is a National Historic Landmark and a popular tourist attraction.

The Arizona Western award will go toward renovating the Yuma junior college’s library to include a digital humanities center.

Four projects in California received more than $2 million in combined grants, the most of any state.

Three institutions – the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council in Alaska, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston – each received $750,000, the largest of the grants.

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