JBU Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Siloam Springs, Arkansas (December 6, 2011) — John Brown University has been awarded a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to support the annual Giving Voice: A Festival of Writing & the Arts. The grant is part of the Challenge America Fast-Track program that works to extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations ­– those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.  This is the third year that JBU has applied for and received the grant.

 The Giving Voice arts festival supports writing and the arts through readings, workshops and informal gatherings. Workshops are specifically designed for high school students addressing the areas of creative non-fiction, poetry, fiction, songwriting, choral music, drama and visual arts. 

The 2012 festival will be held Sept. 27-28. Essayist Brian Doyle, fiction writer Kevin Brockmeier and poet Gwen Hart are a few of the special guests that are scheduled to be part of the event.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked first among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as one of America's Best Colleges by Forbes. JBU enrolls more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 44 countries. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.