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The Classical Theatre of Harlem is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $75,000.00. This grant will support CTH’s free summer production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Carl Cofield, which will transport audiences into a world of magic and mischief at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. In total, the NEA will award 958 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling more than $27.1 million that were announced as part of its first round of fiscal year 2024 grants. 

“The NEA is delighted to announce this grant to The Classical Theatre of Harlem, which is helping contribute to the strength and well-being of the arts sector and local community,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “We are pleased to be able to support this community and help create an environment where all people have the opportunity to live artful lives.”  

“We are thrilled and incredibly grateful for the National Endowment for the Arts’ significant increase in support for our 25th Anniversary Season, and look forward to applying this funding to art that will draw over 20,000 people to our neighborhood and generate half a million dollars in economic activity.” said Producing Artistic Director, Ty Jones. “Public funding for the arts is essential to making this possible.”

This funding will enable CTH to produce a thrilling 25th Anniversary Season, opening with a FREE Harlem Renaissance-themed production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Carl Cofield in Marcus Garvey Park in July, and the world premiere of Memnon by Will Power and directed by Carl Cofield at the Getty Villa in California in September. 

CTH will be dedicating their entire 2024 season to longtime trustee Andre Braugher, which will include New York City’s only Shakespeare in the Park production this summer season.

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