2000 Grant Awards: ArtsREACH
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change,
contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
Grants Awarded: 56
Total Amunt Awarded: $493,000
Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Inc.
To support a feasibility study for a new theater arts education center. The study will examine requirements for developing the center as part of the Carolyn Blount Theatre in Montgomery's Blount Cultural Park. Partners include the Alabama Institute for Education in the Arts and the Alabama State Department of Education.
Huntsville Housing Social Services
To support an artist-in-residence program for music education that will include Suzuki method violin lessons. The project will provide the services of a professional ensemble to residents in the Terry Heights neighborhood, with particular emphasis on children living in the Sparkman Homes and Northwoods public housing communities. Partners include the Huntsville Housing Authority Cultural Arts Conservatory, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Second Mile Pre-School, Terry Heights Elementary School and the Boys & Girls Club of Huntsville.
Space One Eleven, Inc. (SOE)
To support Leaving Home, an oral history and mural project. Nationally acclaimed artists will collaborate with local artists and residents of the Metropolitan Gardens neighborhood to document the evolution of this historically significant community. Partners include Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Tenants Association and Metropolitan Gardens Housing.
City of Texarkana
To support the creation of a cultural plan. This comprehensive plan will seek to recognize the unique aspects of this county seat that shares the state border with its sister city, Texarkana, TX. Partners include member organizations of the Texarkana Education, Culture and Arts Partnership; the Texarkana, AR and Texarkana, TX school districts; Liberty-Eyalu and Pleasant Grove School Districts; the St. James Day School and eleven other area organizations.
Boise Philharmonic Association, Inc.
To support a documentation and marketing project focused on selected Boise performing arts organizations. The Boise Philharmonic, Ballet Idaho, Opera Idaho and Idaho Shakespeare Festival will be videotaped in rehearsal and performances, and the resulting footage will be used in a multi-media campaign promoting the arts in Boise.
Bloomington Area Arts Council
To support a series of arts education classes led by professional artists. Selected elementary schools within a rural, five-county area will be the sites of classes developed in consultation with school principals and art teachers to address the need for after-school activities for area children.
City of Kokomo
To support a community cultural needs assessment and the development of a community cultural plan. This plan will be developed in the interest of establishing a coordinating cultural agency. Partners include Indiana University, Kokomo, Kokomo Symphony, Kokomo Fine Arts Association, Visitors Bureau, Kokomo Civic Theatre and eight other area organizations.
Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Inc.
Fort Wayne, IN
To support Ancient Roots in Connection. Local artists will work with the Chicago Djembe Project, a West-African drumming group, and In the Heart of the Beast, a Minneapolis-based puppet theater, to create and implement a multi-disciplinary project for the benefit of youth in Allen and Wabash counties. Partners include the Center for Nonviolence, Inc., North Manchester College Peace Studies Department and the Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne.
Northern Indiana Art Association
To support Just Around the Corner, a regional arts festival in Northwest Indiana. The event will promote and celebrate the diversity of artists and arts groups in the communities where they live and work, linking their activities with a unifying theme and connecting the communities via the existing South Shore Line railroad. Partners include the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University Northwest, Hammond Public Schools, Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Arts Commission and other area organizations.
Art Center Association of Sioux City
Sioux City, IA
To support an arts economic impact study. The proposed study will substantiate the arts' economic impact on the Sioux City community with information derived from local arts organizations, including partner organizations the Sioux City Symphony and Sioux City Community Theatre.
City of Bettendorf
To support a community-wide feasibility study. This study will identify the community needs for a performing arts facility in Bettendorf and determine potential programming resources for the new facility. Partners include the Bettendorf Chamber of Commerce, Bettendorf Public Library, Family Museum of Arts and Science and Quad City Arts.
City of Coralville
To support a feasibility study and plan for the development of a community cultural arts center. When erected, the center will be the gateway to the city's newly redeveloped downtown. Partners include the City Circle Acting Company of Coralville, Coralville Public Library, Johnson County Council of Governments, New Song Episcopal Church and West Music.
Des Moines Community Playhouse
Des Moines, IA
To support the Culture Cafe, a presenting series that showcases the performing arts heritage of immigrants who live in Central Iowa. The Culture Cafe provides a venue for artists of Sudanese, Latino, Bosnian, Tai Dam, Vietnamese and Cambodian communities to perform and preserve their art forms, as well as assists the Playhouse in its effort to build new audiences and reach underserved communities. Partners include the Bureau of Refugee Services, Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa Arts Council and community leaders.
Iowa City/Johnson County Art Councils
Iowa City, IA
To support the design and development of promotional materials to identify the city's arts and culture district. Located in the refurbished downtown, the city's cultural district will be identified through a signature sculpture commissioned for the space, and banners, maps, and other printed materials that promote and inform the public of Iowa City's cultural assets. Partners include the Downtown Association, Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, Iowa City/Coralville Visitors & Convention Bureau, Iowa City Jazz Festival, Iowa Arts Festival and seven other area organizations.
Updowntowners/Main Street Waterloo
To support the 2001 Festival of Iowa Folklife: Cultural Crossroads. A participant coordinator will be hired to assist in the operation of this major festival that will celebrate and promote the cultural heritage of the state's diverse folk traditions. Partners include the Grout Museum District, Waterloo Center for the Arts, City of Waterloo and the Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Atchison County Historical Society
To support the development of a public art implementation plan. Through this planning process a series of public art projects depicting local historic events will be placed throughout the Downtown/Riverfront Historic District of Atchison, KS. Partners include the Downtown/Riverfront Development Council, Atchison Musical Arts Society, Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce, Atchison Heritage Conference Center and twelve other area organizations.
City of Belleville
To support a community cultural assessment and creation of a community cultural plan. The planning process will include an architectural survey of the Blair Theatre building as a possible site for an art center in Belleville, the county seat. Partners include the North Central Kansas Association of Artists and the Blair Center for the Arts.
Cowley County Community College
Arkansas City, KS
To support a series of artist residencies and arts marketing in rural south central Kansas. Among the artists proposed for the residences are cellist Eugene Friesen, environmental artist Stan Herd, theater performer and mask maker Rob Faust and the Prairie Wind Dancers. Partners include the Arkansas City Area City Council, Winfield Arts and Humanities Council, Southwestern College and Cowley College.
Kansas State Department of Education
To support an arts education assessment. Researchers will examine field issues facing arts educators and school superintendents, as well as conduct an inventory of publications of interest to the arts education field. Partners include the Kansas Arts Commission, Kansas Music Educators Association, Kansas State University, University of Kansas, Kansas Alliance for Arts Education and the Kansas Art Educators Association.
Lawrence Arts Center
To support implementation of a cultural tourism plan for Lawrence, Kansas. This collaborative marketing strategy between the Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence Community Theatre, The Lied Center of Kansas, Museum of Anthropology, Spencer Museum of Art and the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau seeks to better market local arts activities and attract visitors as participants in arts events.
Columbus Arts Council, Inc.
To support a community cultural assessment. Through the assessment, a directory will be developed that inventories artists, arts organizations, presenting venues and volunteer opportunities in the arts within the Golden Triangle Region. Partners include the Starkville Arts Council, West Point Arts Council, Columbus Municipal School System, Kwik Copy and the Convention and Visitors' Bureaus of Columbus/Lowndes County, Starkville/ Oktibbeha County, and West Point/Clay County.
Delta State University, Bologna Performing Arts Center
To support a series of arts education professional development workshops for arts educators to be held at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. With instructors drawn from both local arts organizations and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Partners in Education program, the primary intent of the workshops is to provide tools for public school teachers to use in incorporating the arts into existing school curricula.
Greenville Arts Council
To support an assessment of arts education in public schools. Consultants will be engaged to assess the current curriculum and school arts programming to determine how Greenville arts organizations might assist in fully integrating the arts into the curriculum of Washington County schools. Partners include the Delta Symphony Association, Delta Center Stage, Delta Children's Museum, Greenville Public School District, Uncle Ben's Inc., Lipscomb Oil and the Industrial Foundation of Washington County.
Tougaloo College Economic Development Corporation
To support a feasibility study and development of a cultural plan. The study and plan will focus on the development of artist studios at the Tougaloo Art Colony on the Tougaloo College campus where acclaimed artist instructors in residence offer a week of demonstrations and presentations. Partners include the Tougaloo Art Committee, Art Colony, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo EDC, Mississippi State University, Jackson Community Design Center, City of Jackson, Mississippi Planning Department and the Mississippi Arts Commission.
Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, Inc.
To support the development of a schematic plan for the renovation of the Powerhouse Building, as well as a related business operation plan. When renovated, this building will serve as a community arts and cultural center for this northern region of the state. Partners include the City of Oxford, Oxford Tourism Council, Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation, and the University of Mississippi.
Buffalo District 007, Kearney Public Schools
To support a feasibility study. This study will examine the possible restoration of an historic building to serve as the new site of the Kearney Community Performing Arts Center. Partners include the Kearney Public Schools, University of Nebraska Kearney, City of Kearney, Kearney Community Theatre and thirteen other area organizations.
Lincoln Arts Council
To support Lincoln Arts Combined Enterprise, a marketing project for cultural organizations. Through a partnership between the Arts Council, the Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau and eighteen arts organizations, both traditional marketing methods and on-line promotional strategies are being developed to better connect local arts organizations to the communities they serve.
Nebraskans for Public Television, Inc.
To support a statewide cultural assessment and planning project. Facilitated by the Nebraska Educational Television Network, the project will assess the feasibility of a dedicated Nebraska arts channel to address formal and informal arts education needs, as well as enrichment for Nebraska citizens. Partners include the Nebraska Arts Council, Lincoln Arts Council, ArtsAIM, Lied Center for the Performing Arts, Joslyn Art Museum and other area organizations.
City of Sparks
To support the creation of a cultural plan. The preliminary cultural inventory and subsequent cultural plan is designed to program a framework for developing future programming of interest to local constituents. Partners include the City of Sparks Parks and Recreation Department and a Community Cultural Plan Steering Committee comprised of citizens.
Lake Agassiz Arts Council
To support the development of a Web page and a marketing brochure. The marketing brochure will be designed to showcase the range of arts resources available in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and the Web page will disseminate related information to a wider public. Partners include the Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera, Fargo Theatre, First National Bank, US Bank, Plains Art Museum and seven other area organizations.
Minot Area Council of the Arts, Inc.
To support a community cultural assessment. The assessment will examine the feasibility of establishing a cultural and heritage tourism district related to the upcoming Lewis & Clark Bicentennial predicted to impact the region's economy. Partners include the City of Minot, Minot Park District, Minot Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Downtown Business and Professional Association and River Walk of Minot.
Upper Missouri Arts Council
To support a cultural assessment and the development of a directory. This project will assess the region's cultural arts resources and the needs of the arts and arts organizations, as well as develop a communication network among artists and craftspeople in rural communities within northwestern North Dakota. Partners include the City of Williston, Convention & Visitors Bureau, Trenton Indian Service District and the James Memorial Center for Visual Arts.
To support a community-wide feasibility study for a new arts facility and museum to be located in the historic Chickasaw Capitol Building in Tishomingo. This study represents the second phase of a comprehensive plan to restore the existing site and develop Native American cultural arts programs. Partners include the Johnston County Chamber of Commerce, City of Tishomingo and Murray State College.
Norman Arts & Humanities Council
To support an arts economic impact study. The intent of this study is to identify and document the financial contributions made by the arts industry in Norman, OK. Partners include the University of Oklahoma College of Fine Arts, Michael F. Price School of Business at the University of Oklahoma, City of Norman, Norman Downtowners Association and eight other area organizations.
Norman Firehouse Art Center, Inc.
To support the design and creation of brochures, maps and permanent street signs highlighting Norman's primary arts venues. Norman is the home of numerous galleries, museums and performing arts organizations. Partners include the City of Norman, Norman Convention & Visitors Bureau, University of Oklahoma College of Fine Arts, Norman Chamber of Commerce and six other area organizations.
Poteau Area Arts and Humanities Council
To support the creation of a community cultural plan. The planning process will include a feasibility study examining the potential for renovation or construction of facilities dedicated to arts use. Partners include the Buckley Public Library, Literacy Council of LeFlore County, 1913 Study Club, Sugarloaf Art Association and nine other area organizations.
Project New Urban Arts
To support a cultural assessment. This project will include a symposium which will explore the role of the artist in youth development in Rhode Island's urban neighborhoods. Partners include the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and Brown University.
Latta Revitalization Commission
To support an artist-in-residence program at the Main Street Art Center. The initial residency will feature an artist from the Ibile Indigo House Studio on St. Helena Island experienced in art design using organic material made from the indigo plant. Partners include the Town of Latta, Latta School System, Dillon County Museum, South Carolina Arts Commission and the South Carolina Downtown Development Association.
Metropolitan Arts Council
To support a community cultural assessment. This county-wide cultural assessment is the first phase of a planning process to develop a regional cultural plan and service-delivery strategy to benefit the citizens of the City of Greenville and Greenville County. Partners include the Greater Greenville, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Arts Commission, and the cities of Greenville, Greer, Fountain Inn and Traveler's Rest, SC.
South Carolina Theatre Association
To support a statewide cultural assessment and development of a plan. This assessment will examine the organizational issues regarding community theater throughout South Carolina and will result in an action plan for the improved development of these resources. Partners include the South Carolina Arts Commission and professional and voluntary community theater participants throughout South Carolina.
Christen Hohm Lusk Greater Huron Area Foundation
To support a documentation project associated with Huron, a History in Murals. The development of the murals will be documented through video, photography and artist interviews that will be incorporated into materials for both walking and driving tours featuring the murals. Partners include the City of Huron, Huron Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Huron Development Corporation.
Carpetbag Theatre, Inc.
To support cultural planning related to the Knoxville American Festival Project. This planning process will bring together arts groups and community agencies in the development of a plan of action for community and cultural development, taking into consideration Knoxville's inner-city communities. Partners include Adult Basic Education, African American Appalachian Arts, Center for Literacy Studies, Citizens for Police Review and seven other area organizations.
City of Clarksville
To support the Arts and Heritage Development Council and an arts public awareness campaign. The Arts and Heritage Development Council is a newly formed local arts agency; the public awareness campaign will use various marketing techniques to assist in cultivating audiences and broadening the constituent base within the Council's purview. Partners include the Mayor's Arts and Culture Commission, Arts and Heritage Development Council and Austin Peay State University.
Jubilee Community Arts, Inc.
To support an assessment and related development of a directory of traditional artisans and artists in partnership with the Tennessee Overhill Heritage Association, Inc. The focus of the assessment will be on those craftspeople working in genres related to occupational and recreational land use in southeast Tennessee.
Knoxville Museum of Art
To support an artist-in-residence program featuring the visual and media arts. The intent of the program is to provide greater recognition of emerging local artists and to assist these young professionals in becoming self-supporting through their artistic endeavors. Partners include the Candy Factory (City of Knoxville), Arts Council of Greater Knoxville and the University of Tennessee.
Memphis Black Arts Alliance, Inc.
To support the creation of a cultural plan. The focus of the plan will be the Bicentennial Neighborhood Initiative, that includes the development of a designated arts district. A feasibility study for the possible renovation of an existing arts facility, the Firehouse Community Arts Center, will be part of the planning process. Partners include the LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corporation, Urban Arts Commission, Memphis & Shelby County Office of Planning & Development and the Ultra Youth Ag-Arts Cooperative.
Capitol Arts Alliance
To support an arts economic impact study. The purpose of the study is to determine what economic impact the Ellen Eccles Theatre and Capitol Arts Alliance have on Cache County's economy. Partners include the Cache Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Offices, Cache County Council and the Downtown Business Association.
Park City Summit County Arts Council
Park City, UT
To support an economic analysis of cultural arts activities in the County. This project is a component of a recently completed planning process which included a community-wide needs assessment and a preliminary planning document. Partners include the Kimball Arts Center, Egyptian Theatre, Summit Institute for Arts & Humanities and the Park City International Jazz Festival.
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Foundation
Salt Lake City, UT
To support a dance residency program. The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will be in residence for ten days at the Thomas Jefferson Junior High in Kearns, UT and will conduct a teaching and performing experience for seventh graders, as well as provide matinee performances for the rest of the Jefferson student body and other area schools. Partners include the Granite School District, the Kearns Coalition and the Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Department - Kearns Center.
Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, Inc.
To support an assessment and action plan. This process will develop a plan for the inclusion of arts and culture within an established cultural heritage tourism program that currently focuses on historic preservation. Partners include the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and a collaboration of municipal and county governments, Main Street programs and Convention and Visitor's Bureaus.
Thomas Education Center, Inc.
To support the Tucker Public Arts Classes project, a series of introductory arts classes. Participatory classes in both fine and traditional folk arts will be provided to the citizens of Tucker County. Partners include the Canaan Valley Institute, Valley Ridge Studio and the Arts & Eudcation Committee of the Tucker Gateway Initiative.
West Virginia Department of Education
To support a statewide assessment of student achievement in the arts. This assessment will focus on West Virginia's school system within 55 diverse county districts and culminate with recommendations that will foster rigorous arts assessments in classrooms across the state. Partners include the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, West Virginia University College of Creative Arts, Marshall University College of Fine Arts, West Virginia Music Educators Association and the West Virginia Art Educators Association.
West Virginia Wesleyan College
To support a county-wide cultural assessment and creation of a cultural plan. Through this collaborative process, participants expect to better identify the needs of artists and arts organizations, facilitate more effective communication, eliminate duplicate efforts and maximize existing resources. Partners include the Upshur County Arts Alliance, Upshur County Chamber of Commerce, Buckhannan City Council, Upshur County Schools (Board of Education), West Virginia Wesleyan College and the Upshur Family Resource Network.
Cheyenne Family YMCA
To support planning for the Writers Voice Program. This planning process seeks to more fully integrate the Writer's Voice Program into the YMCA's overall programming schedule. Partners include the Wyoming Arts Council, Laramie County Library, Wyoming State Library, Laramie County Community College and Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Children's Developmental Services of Campbell County
To support programming through Young Children Creating. Under the direction of early childhood and art educators, this project will engage children of Campbell, Crook, and Weston counties in creative learning activities that will culminate in a public presentation for parents and communities. Partners include the Crook County School District, Campbell County Public Library, Head Start Program, Prairie Lights Art Guild and eight other area organizations.
Community Center for the Arts
To support a community design charrette. This project represents the first step in the development of a schematic design for a shared community arts center to be built in downtown Jackson as a permanent home for community arts groups and arts education activities. Partners include Jackson arts organizations, the Teton County School District, city and county governments and downtown businesses.
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