SPNN receives grant from National Endowment for the Arts

St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) to Receive $15,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

SPNN is pleased to announce that we have been approved for a $15,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support Candy Fresh. Candy Fresh is our live studio arts and entertainment program. With support from NEA we will be able to produce six episodes of Candy Fresh in 2022. This support allows us to not only create meaningful media for the community, we also will be able to take the first step in building SPNN’s apprenticeship program.

The apprenticeship program will have established crew members mentor newer crew members as they are learning. Mentors will be compensated for the training and skills they bring and new media makers will be paid as they learn the necessary skills to work in a studio environment. We are excited that with support from NEA we will be able to support media makers of all levels to create meaningful media for the community. 

While the pandemic may mean we can’t have a studio audience for our first shows this spring, we plan to go live on our channels while streaming on YouTube. 

Candy Fresh is among 1,248 projects across America totaling $28,840,000 that were selected to receive this first round of fiscal year 2022 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects category.

 “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from SPNN that help support the community’s creative economy,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. “SPNN in Saint Paul is among the arts organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts.”

For more information on other projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.