The National Endowment for the Arts announced $1.8 million in grants for 130 organizations serving visual artists, including these in Washington:
* Local 1734, a collective art gallery and workshop, $2,000. "I don't want to sound like sour grapes, but when you ask for a sizable amount and get $2,000 , it's like a token," said gallery organizer Laura Seldman. "It's not enough to make a tremendous program continue here. But it's a nice psychological thing. It's nice to feel supported."
* Fondo del Sol, a gallery specializing mainly in Latin American and Hispanic American art, $12,000. The money will be used to mount special exhibitions, including "Three Generations of Black Quilt Makers" from Baltimore. The gallery is getting two other NEA grants totaling $9,500.
* D.C. Slide Registry of Artists, which maintains photographic slides of artwork for use by museum curators and others, $3,500. The registry has consolidated and kept up-to-date what were widespread and often poorly kept files around town, and is heavily used.
National Association of Artists' Organizations, a new association of associations, $20,000. "We issue bulletins once a month on legislative and funding issues. We're not a lobbying organization but we give legislative information," said project coordinator Robin Drummond. "We have another conference in October in Chicago, mostly to talk about the future of the organization." She said workshop topics will include "funding, ethics of alternative spaces--of running them. It's an issue coming up more and more. Alternative spaces are in a state of flux. There are now alternatives to alternative spaces . . ."
* Washington Project for the Arts, the big downtown avant-garde arts center, $50,000, the top amount possible. "This is the second year we got full funding," said WPA chief Al Nodal. "It's really great to get that kind of support." WPA receives 14 percent of its budget from the NEA.