Folksongs of Illinois CD #5

DATE: April 25, 2012
CONTACT: Bucky Halker, 773-275-4959

Company of Folk Receives NEA Art Works Grant
for Folksongs of Illinois CD #5

Grant part of NEA announcement of 788 Art Works grants and $24.81 million in funding nationwide

[Chicago]— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Company of Folk is one of 788 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Bucky Halker, Company of Folk Director, said the organization will receive a $20,000 grant to complete Folksongs of Illinois #5: Chicago Since 1970. The 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

Folksongs of Illinois #5 will document the rich and varied musical traditions in Chicago since 1970, a time when newer immigrant streams and economic changes refashioned the city. The CD will feature music from these newer groups, particularly Asian and Latino artists, along with other vital folk and ethnic musical traditions that continue to make the city a major music center.

Chairman Landesman said, “The arts should be a part of everyday life. Whether it’s seeing a performance, visiting a gallery, participating in an art class, or simply taking a walk around a neighborhood enhanced by public art, these grants are ensuring that across the nation, the public is able to experience how art works.”

Bucky Halker, producer of the Folksongs of Illinois CD series said: “Company of Folk is grateful to receive the award as it will enable us to complete the fifth and final CD in the series. Without the NEA award and an earlier grant from Chicago’s Driehaus Foundation, CD #5 would never have been possible.”

The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications under the Art Works category for this round of funding, requesting more than $78 million in funding. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at

For additional information on this project and other projects of Company of Folk, please feel free to call or email the organization or its director.

Bucky Halker, Director
Company of Folk
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