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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan announced that the National Endowment for the Arts has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019 and it includes $25,000 for the Fitchburg Art Museum.

“The Fitchburg Art Museum is very proud to receive this recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts. ‘Fire and Light: Otto Piene in Groton, 1983-2014’ is an exciting opportunity for FAM to share the work of this internationally-renowned artist who lived in our district for over 30 years,” said Nick Capasso, the executive director of the museum.

Capasso said this is the largest U.S. solo exhibition of Piene’s work to date, presenting several major bodies of work that he created during his time at his studio and farm in Groton, and includes a light ballet, immersive light environment, fire paintings, and works on paper.

“Thank you to the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting this exhibition that highlights the richness of our district’s cultural offerings,” said Capasso.

“I applaud the Fitchburg Art Museum … for working to secure these NEA grants. The fact that Massachusetts’ 3rd District received (the) awards serves as a testament to the creativity and ingenuity that is spread throughout our communities,” said Trahan.

Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking and will award 972 grants in this category.

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter of the NEA.

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