Public media projects pull in annual NEA grants

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Five public media organizations are among recipients of more than $25 million in grants announced Wednesday by the National Endowment for the Arts.

It’s the first of two major grant announcements from the federal program for fiscal year 2018.

The Center for Asian American Media gets $20,000 for CAAMFest, its annual media event in San Francisco.

Also receiving $20,000 is the Independent Television Service in San Francisco, for film screenings and panel discussions about military veterans.

American Documentary, the Brooklyn, N.Y.–based production company for the PBS independent film showcase POV, gets $15,000 for distribution and packaging for digital content related to the broadcast.

Vision Maker Media in Lincoln, Neb., receives $15,000 for projects including its annual Vision Maker Film Festival.

And Kitchen Sisters Productions gets $10,000 for its podcast and multimedia series. It’s also based in San Francisco.

“It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States,” NEA Chair Jane Chu said in the announcement.

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