Who says poetry is dead? Not the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The charitable organization just donated a $1 million dollar grant to the Academy of American Poets today. The grant is intended to help the Academy’s Poetry Coalition.
Elizabeth Alexander, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation | Image Via The New York Times
According to the Academy’s official website, the Poetry Coalition is a national alliance of poetry organizations in eleven cities that are “dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture.” Members of the coalition come from states such as New York, New Jersey, Chicago, California, and Washington D.C.
The grant will support the Coalition’s programming, which consists of panels, readings, and public events all centered around a theme of social importance chosen in March. Founded in 1934, The Academy Of American Poets continues to promote the art of poetry all over the country. They are also the creators of Poets.org and National Poetry Month.
The Andrew W. Mellon Organization, founded in 1969, is dedicated to promoting and preserving the arts and humanities as well as promote higher education across the United States.
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