NYC's House of Speakeasy Lands Arts Grant
The House of SpeakEasy, a New York City literary nonprofit, has received a $100,000 grant from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation to expand its bookmobile outreach program to communities traditionally underserved by literary organizations and programming. The House of SpeakEasy's bookmobile has been in operation since 2017, delivering free books and programming to a variety of neighborhoods in New York City and in 2019, went on a 4,000 mile road trip across across 14 states.
The new grant will be used to deliver art books and art-related programming in partnership with a variety of organizations. The first event will be held this week in conjunction with ArtBridge and the New York Housing Authority at Jacob Riis Houses in the East Village in Manhattan.
“Our bookmobile, known as the Billy Truck in honor of its first funder, Billy Rayner, distributes books to some of the most underserved communities in the country," said House of SpeakEasy co-founder Amanda Foreman. "And now, thanks to the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, our literary and arts programming can expand just at the moment it’s needed most.”