Kartemquin to Receive $45,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Kartemquin Films is delighted to receive an Art Works grant of $45,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to engage the Midwest documentary community (makers, media arts organizations and distribution partners) in dialogue and solutions-oriented planning around sustainability challenges facing the field.

Components of the work will include a regional convening in 2020, and smaller community conversations - similar to a recent pilot event organized in partnership with the Freep Film Festival in Detroit - across the Midwest over the next two years.

The groundwork for the initiative was previously laid through the March 2018 Heartlandia Summit, a convening held at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and organized by Kartemquin Films, True/False Film Festival, the International Documentary Association (IDA), Based on a True Story, and the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism, and initially inspired by the NEA/IDA State of the Field report.

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category.

“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as Kartemquin are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”

“One of the organizing principles of my work is that filmmakers should be able to build sustainable careers, no matter where they live,” said Jolene Pinder, new Executive Director of Kartemquin Films. “Often, the places where they live and the stories in those places are central to a filmmaker's identity. I’m looking forward to applying what I have learned in the south to what Kartemquin is already putting in motion in the Midwest, listening to regional filmmakers, and building programs that are reflective of their needs.”

“Over 50 years ago Kartemquin committed to staying in the Midwest and this has had considerable influence on the stories we tell,” said Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin co-founder and Artistic Director. “We are committed to engaging with the critical challenges affecting the sustainability of the field and artists’ careers. We’re grateful to the NEA for supporting our efforts to facilitating stronger bonds across the diversity of makers, funders, distributors, and supporters in our region through that process.”

For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.