The Green Mountain Opera Festival has received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for the June 2011 festival.

The award was announced on November 23 by Rocco Landesman, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Green Mountain Opera Festival (GMOF) is one of 1,057 not-for-profit organizations recommended for a grant as part of the federal agency's first round of fiscal year 2011 grants. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute $26.68 million to support projects nationwide.

Landesman said, "I continue to be impressed with the creative, innovative and excellent projects brought forward by arts organizations across the country. Our grantees are not only furthering their art forms but also enhancing their neighborhoods by making them more vibrant, livable, and fun."

Doreen Simko, president of the GMOF, says, "We are thrilled to have again received a grant from the NEA. It is a credit to our artistic director, Taras Kulish, who assembles an outstanding group of professionals each year, and to our many volunteers, who make the festival possible."

The opera festival will take place in the Mad River Valley during the first three weeks in June 2011 with concerts, an Emerging Artist production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, and several rehearsals and master classes open to the public. The festival will end with two fully staged performances of Bizet's Carmen at the Barre Opera House on June 17 and 19. For more information on the opera festival, go to www.greenmountainoperafestival.com.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government that has awarded more than $4 billion on projects of artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the National Endowment for the Arts at arts.gov.