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Dec 16, 2013 7:17 AM by AP

Northwestern gets grant for folklife fest

NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State University has received a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Fast-Track Grant.

The Louisiana Folklife Center is one of 150 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive the grant which will support the 2014 Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival.

The grant program offers $10,000 matching grants to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to people whose opportunities are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.

The 35th annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival will be held July 18-19 at Northwestern State's Prather Coliseum.

The theme is tied to the 300th anniversary of the founding of Natchitoches.

Performers will present a variety of styles of music ranging from country, Cajun, zydeco, gospel, French Creole, bluegrass and blues.

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