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Arts Endowment Announces 1994 Grants

THE National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced $78 million in awards yesterday to arts projects and artists nationwide. New York, California, and Massachusetts will receive the most.

Government grants to artists ``help ignite a broad diversity of creative expression,'' says actress Jane Alexander, who chairs the endowment.

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The NEA has also given money to symphonies, visual artists, dancers, music festivals, opera and musical theater companies, folk-arts programs, literary publishing, media arts centers, community groups, and museums.

New York is to receive 509 grants totaling $13.9 million; California will get $7.7 million for 323 grants, and the 82 grants to Massachusetts recipients amount to $2.9 million.

The endowment also awarded $7.6 million to 184 symphony and chamber orchestras, and $5.5 million to 113 professional dance companies.

The American Film Institute won three grants totaling $2.2 million for various projects, including its filmmaker and film- preservation programs.

The NEA awarded $4 million to support regional groups of state arts agencies, and $3.9 million to original producers of opera-musical theater.

All the awards, except those to individuals, require a match of at least $1 of private funds for every federal dollar granted, which officials expect will help raise about $500 million in matching funds. NEA's grant budget for the year is just under $150 million.

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