LCC receives NEA Grant to support arts project

Published on January 12, 2023

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January 12, 2023Lakewood Cultural Center (LCC) is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive a Grants for Arts Projects award of $10,000. This grant will support a “Recalibrated Reflections” project to provide diversity through the arts. This grant is one of 1,251 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling nearly $28.8 million that were announced by the NEA as part of its first round of grants for the fiscal year 2023.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, Ph.D. “Projects such as this one with Lakewood Cultural Center strengthen arts and cultural ecosystems, provide equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, and contribute to the health of our communities and our economy.”

LCC has designed a multidisciplinary art project that includes three primary components:

  1. Theatrical productions of “The Three Musketeers” and “Romeo & Juliet” performed by the Tony Award-winning theater group, The Acting Company during the LCC Presents spring series on Feb. 22 and 23.
  2. Creation of on-site murals by local artists from various racial and ethnic backgrounds inspired by the themes highlighted in the performances by The Acting Company.
  3. Community discussions led by the mural artists in each of the geographical wards across the City of Lakewood during the summer of 2023.

“By including a theater company that practices anti-discrimination and produces classic theater through a contemporary lens, the project will reach diverse communities,” said Lakewood Cultural Center Administrator Rita Sommers.

The mural component focuses on bringing together artists from various racial and ethnic backgrounds to draw from their personal experiences and creatively explore thematic elements of The Acting Company’s performances from a contemporary perspective. Thus, the project is designed to reach individuals who are underrepresented in the arts and increase inclusivity.

For more information about NEA’s grant announcement, visit


About Lakewood Cultural Center

Hailed as “one of 10 Colorado arts organizations that get it right” by the Denver Post, Lakewood Cultural Center (LCC) is known throughout the state for its exceptional programming. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Denver at 470 S. Allison Parkway in Lakewood, LCC offers intimate access to world-class performances. The facility hosts a 320-seat theater, art galleries, fine art and dance studios, meeting and event spaces and a full calendar of fine and performing art classes, camps, performances and special events. Patrons can enjoy free parking, on-site refreshments and a fully accessible experience. To learn more, visit or call 303-987-7845.


Lakewood Cultural Center Presents

“The Three Musketeers”

Feb. 22, 2023, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

“Romeo & Juliet”

Feb. 23, 2023, 7:30 p.m. 





Lakewood Cultural Center

470 S. Allison Parkway

Lakewood, CO 80226


About National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), established by Congress in 1965, is an independent federal agency that is the largest funder of arts and arts education in communities nationwide and a catalyst of public and private support for the arts. By advancing equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, the NEA fosters and sustains an environment in which the arts benefit everyone in the United States.