The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded a $20,000 grant to Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.

The ballet company is one of 832 nonprofit organizations nationwide — but one of only three dance groups in Colorado — to receive an NEA Art Works grant, according to a press release.

The grant will support operations in 2013 and help Aspen Santa Fe Ballet bring its acclaimed repertoire of contemporary ballet to a worldwide audience of more than 30,000 next year. In addition to Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s performances at home, 2013 tours will take the company to 20 communities ranging from Beaver Creek to New Orleans. Other stops include Scottsdale, Ariz., Laguna Beach, Calif., Wolf Trap National Park in Vienna, Va., and Saratoga, N.Y.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman announced the grants this week, calling the recipients “extraordinary examples of creativity in our country.”

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The NEA recommended 832 grants, totaling $22.3 million. Recipients span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, visit the NEA website at For more information on Aspen Santa Fe Ballet visit