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The Crooked Road Receives NEA Grant to Support Traditional Music Education

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The Crooked RoadAbingdon, Va.— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Crooked Road (TCR) is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support traditional music education in Southwest Virginia.

TCR’s Traditional Music Education Program Phase 2, builds upon findings from the program rollout—generating more after-school programs, school assembly programs, and performance opportunities for the region’s youth while strengthening the educational foundation through curricular material distribution, teacher training workshops, and a teacher re-certification course serving a 19-county region of rural Southwest Virginia.

"I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including TCR’s Traditional Music Education Program," said Chairman Landesman. "These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs."

“This award strengthens The Crooked Road’s work in place-based education by creating opportunities to serve the region’s youth through our traditional music,” said Jonathan Romeo, Project Manager. “TCR’s Traditional Music Education Program promotes learning that is rooted in what is local—the unique music, history, and culture of Southwest Virginia.”

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at

The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, was founded in 2004 for the purpose of generating tourism and economic development in the 19-county, four-city, region of Southwest Virginia. “The Road”, as designated by the General Assembly, is a 333-mile linear trail with unique destinations alongside highways and backcountry roads from the town of Rocky Mount to Breaks Interstate Park connecting communities of musicians and major performance venues.

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