MVLE to Receive Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

[Springfield, VA]—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.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to MVLE in support of our MVLE Moves performing arts program. 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 MVLE are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”

Since 2015, Greenlee and the BodyWise Dance artistic team have led MVLE Moves, a therapy-informed performing arts training program for individuals with disabilities at MVLE. Rookies’ First Feast is the latest chapter in the groups’ work together supporting disabled adults’ physical, cognitive and emotional health.

“Our program addresses two critically important objectives: improving the lives of our performers and building inclusive communities. We intentionally take our performances to new areas/audience members to enhance access to the arts and start new conversations,” shared April Pinch-Keeler, President & CEO of MVLE.

Operating since 1971, Virginia-based MVLE, Inc. provides employment training and job placement, contributing to enhanced quality of life for people with intellectual and physical disability. MVLE is an internationally accredited agency that partners with more than 125 commercial businesses in addition to government and other not-for-profit agencies. MVLE supported over 450 individuals with disabilities each year, with a commitment to creating futures, one person at a time.