The National Endowment for the Arts announced it is distributing $160,000 in grants to eight Arizona arts organizations, with $50,000 of it going to four Tucson groups.

Area organizations receiving funding:

  • Arizona Theatre Company, which received $15,000 for its Cafe Bohemia project, a play-reading series.
  • Borderlands Theater was awarded $10,000 to underwrite the translation of “Burning Patience,” a play about Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda of Chile, which the company will stage in the spring.
  • Kore Press’ $15,000 grant will go toward the publication of literature by female authors.
  • The Tucson Symphony Society was awarded $10,000 for its Young Composers Project.

The other Arizona organizations receiving NEA grants are Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival, $30,000; Heard Museum (Phoenix), $10,000; Scottsdale Cultural Council, $25,000; and Childsplay (Tempe), $20,000.

The NEA is awarding $25.8 million in grant money around the country in the first of two rounds of grants for the 2014 fiscal year.