id Theater Awarded NEA Grant for 2015 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference

by Frank Hammel

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced recently that id Theater has been awarded a grant of $10,000 to support The Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. id is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

More details from id Theater (www.idtheater.org):

Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, now in its 15th year, brings playwrights, actors, directors and other theater artists from around the country to the rural mountain community of McCall, Idaho for two weeks of rehearsals, development and free public presentations of new work. The Conference also develops work by local high school playwrights and offers a free playwriting workshop. 

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "I'm pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to id Theater. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives."

“Receiving this kind of recognition from the NEA is such an honor,” says id co-Artistic Director Sheila McDevitt. “And not just for us; but also for the people of McCall, who take a very active role in the development of new work at the Conference; the many artists who so open-heartedly support the work of our writers; and of course the more than 150 playwrights whose wonderful work has brought us to this moment and this award.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov. Follow the conversation about this and other NEA funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.