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The organization's name conveys exactly what our members are -- CITIZENS INTERESTED IN ARTS.
Incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, CIA is a 100% volunteer army of compassionate, creatively oriented individuals who tirelessly donate their time and raise money for one reason and one reason only -- to fund The Grants Program.

Read a message from our President

Merridy Robinson Kotler


What CIA Grants Do


The Grants Program is the heart and soul of the CIA, with 100% of donations going to writing grants.


In 1998, the first grants were awarded to two young aspiring opera singers from The New World School of the Arts to attend the Aspen Summer Music Program.


They had been awarded scholarships for all the classes but did not have the funds to get there or pay for housing or food.

CIA Grants subsidized their program.

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