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USF Contemporary Art Museum Receives $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Anonymous, "No More Hunger USA Placard," 1968. Division of Political History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Anonymous, No More Hunger USA Placard, 1968. Division of Political History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

The USF Contemporary Art Museum, part of the Institute for Research in Art in the USF College of The Arts, has been approved for a $50,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support Poor People’s Art. This project will present a social history of the experience of underrepresented and underserved communities in the US since 1968. Individually and collectively, the artists included in Poor People’s Art tell a story of intersecting injustices of race, class, immigration status, healthcare systems, food insecurity, and gender issues. USFCAM’s project is among 1,125 projects across America totaling more than $26.6 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2022 funding.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts and cultural organizations throughout the nation with these grants, including USF Contemporary Art Museum, providing opportunities for all of us to live artful lives,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies. The arts are also crucial to helping us make sense of our circumstances from different perspectives as we emerge from the pandemic and plan for a shared new normal informed by our examined experience.”

The full press release with more information about the Poor People's Art project can be viewed in this pdf.

For more information on other projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit

Image at top: Jill Freedman (1939-2019)
Resurrection City, Poor People's campaign, Washington, D.C., 1968
Vintage gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1968,
11 x 14 inches, Steven Kasher Gallery