“how to make an American Son” receives NEA Grant

“how to make an American Son” receives NEA Grant

Arizona Theatre Company has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support how to make an American Son. This project will support salaries and wages for the world premiere production of how to make an American Son, a new play by christopher oscar peña. The story will explore the complexities of identity and generational change within a newly wealthy immigrant family to the United States. Related community engagement activities will include student matinees, guest artist residencies, panel discussions, and the creation of virtual content around the themes of the play. how to make an American Son project is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding.

“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as Arizona Theatre Company reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”

“After four years, ATC is once again supported by the NEA, it’s a great sign of the turnaround happening here – that not only are they supporting us, but that they are supporting a new play by our Artistic Associate,” said The Kasser Family Artistic Director Sean Daniels. “A story about the struggles first generation Latinx Americans face as they strive for the American Dream. As the only local AZ theatre funded by the NEA, we’re grateful for this type of national support.” 

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