Tucson, AZ—The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) has been approved for a $25,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support ALTA’s Emerging Translator Mentorship Program and 44th Annual Conference. This project will support the upcoming conference, ALTA44: Inflection Points, and the 2021 Emerging Translator Mentorship Program. ALTA’s project is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding.
“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as ALTA reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”
“We are proud to receive funding from the NEA to support emerging translators and provide a way for our community to gather together,” said ALTA Executive Director Elisabeth Jaquette. “We are especially grateful to receive a larger award this year, which will help us uplift our current cohort of eight emerging translator mentees, and allow us to offer both in-person and virtual conference programming this fall.”
The $25,000 award will support ALTA’s 44th annual conference, “Inflection Points,” which will take place throughout the fall, including an online weekend on October 15-17, and an in-person weekend on November 11-13 in Tucson, AZ. ALTA’s annual conference is the only one in the United States dedicated exclusively to literary translation. It brings together nearly 500 professional literary translators, editors, educators, students, publishers, and literary arts professionals to discuss the art, practice, and publication of works of literary translation into English. The conference includes panels, workshops, roundtables, readings, and special events. It also culminates ALTA’s Emerging Translator Mentorship Program, which facilitates a close working relationship between an experienced translator and an emerging translator. The mentor and mentee meet in person and present their final work at the annual conference. This year’s program supports eight mentees whose work spans the globe, bringing literature from the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan into English.
For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.