FY 2009 Grant Awards: Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grants
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
All grants are for $10,000.
Coleman Center for the Arts
To support the One Mile Garden, an environmental public art project. Artists Bob Bingham, Ally Reeves, and Robin Hewlett will work with community participants to create the work for installation in the town of York, Alabama.
Rural Members Association, Inc.
To support the Freedom Creek Blues Festival. The two-day event will be held at the home of blues historian and musician Willie King in rural Old Memphis, Alabama. Proposed artists include musicians Charlie Musselwhite and Kenny Neal.
Anchorage Opera Company
To support the presentation of Viva Zarzuela. Co-directed by soprano Mari Hahn, the fully staged production will feature selected student apprentices and will be presented at the University of Alaska's Fine Arts Recital Hall, highlighting repertory selections of zarzuela, a Spanish form of lyric theater.
Borderlands Theater Teatro Fronterizo, Inc.
To support a production of Our Dad is in Atlantis. An original play by Mexican playwright Javier Malpica with English translation by Jorge Ignacio Cortinas, the production will tour to Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Yuma, Arizona.
Tucson Chamber Artists, Inc.
To support a concert featuring American choral masterpieces and the premiere of a work by composer Stephen Paulus in rural Green Valley. Paulus will coach the vocalists and instrumentalists in a rehearsal and also lead a pre-concert discussion with the audience.
Fort Smith Symphony Association, Inc.
Fort Smith, AR
To support EARQUAKE!, a series of concerts targeting elementary school students. The concerts will incorporate a full orchestra, performances by the Western Arkansas Ballet, video projection, and audience participation. Cellist Stephanie Lemoine will be the featured musician.
Ozark Foothills Filmfest, Inc.
Locust Grove, AR
To support Filmfest activities including regional premieres of independent feature films, short film showcases, and panel discussions. The festival will also include programming targeted to the region's rapidly growing Hispanic population.
Southwest Arkansas Arts Council, Inc.
To support performances and associated master classes for youth by the USA Ballet. As many as 40 students from Hope and the surrounding area will be selected to participate in the program that will include public performances for audiences in Southwest Arkansas.
API Cultural Center (aka Oakland Asian Cultural Center)
To support the Lunar New Year Festival. Also known as the Spring Festival, the event will feature Bay Area artists representing the artistry of the Pan-Asian community, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions.
Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose, Inc.
San Jose, CA
To support Nritya Sangati - Dance Progressions, an original, evening-length Indian dance and music concert. The work, created by choreographers Mythili and Rasika Kumar and master sitar player/composer Kartik Seshadri, will premiere at the Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater in San Jose.
American Indian Child Resource Center
To support the Mentor Artist Playwriting Project (MAPP). Through MAPP, a series of professional staged readings of original short plays written by Native American youth will be produced.
Hi Hopes Identity Discovery Foundation (aka Hope University)
To support Beau Monde Float, a multimedia performance collaboration between artist collective MLuM and adults with developmental disabilities affiliated with the foundation. The piece will be developed through a series of workshops with topics including music composition, design, and dance.
Kearny Street Workshop, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
To support APAture: A Window on the Art of Asian Pacific Americans, a multidisciplinary arts festival. Project activities will include a visual arts exhibition, film screenings, literary readings, and music performances.
Keshet Chaim Dancers
Sherman Oaks, CA
To support Colors of Israel, a workshop and performance series that will introduce elementary school students to Jewish and Israeli culture and folk dance. Proposed schools are the Hart Street School, Sherman Oaks Elementary, and Carpenter Elementary Schools.
Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation (aka Wells Fargo Center for the Arts)
Santa Rosa, CA
To support performances, pre-performance discussions, and master classes by the Ailey II dance company. Students receiving free or reduced lunches, low-income families, and teachers will receive discounted tickets.
Opera Noir, Inc.
Sherman Oaks, CA
To support the commissioning and presentation of Song and Dance by pianist and composer John Gentry Tennyson. Low-income students and families will receive free tickets.
Riverside Community College District Foundation
To support performances of California Theatre Center's family-theater piece, Most Valuable Player: The Story of Jackie Robinson by Mary Hall Surface. In partnership with the Riverside Public Library, youth who read books about Black history or sports will be able to receive complimentary tickets to the performance.
SEW Productions, Inc. (aka Lorraine Hansberry Theatre)
San Francisco, CA
To support architectural studies and a feasibility plan to identify a new venue for the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Brian Rawlinson will serve as lead architect for the project. The organization will develop strategies to keep ticket prices moderate during transition into the new venue.
Sierra Repertory Theatre, Inc.
To support a production of Little Women, a musical by lyricist Mindi Dickstein and composer Jason Howland based on the book by Louisa May Alcott. The organization will engage local educators to distribute study guides, schedule matinee performances for schools, and include the musical in the semester's curriculum.
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
Culver City, CA
To support a concert featuring saxophonist Tom Scott and related outreach activities. Prior to the concert, outreach activities will occur at the following organizations: The World Stage Arts Education and Performance Gallery in south-central Los Angeles, The Harmony Project in Hollywood, Guadalupe Youth Center in Canoga Park, and Sierra Vista Elementary in East Los Angeles.
Watts Village Theater Company
Los Angeles, CA
To support the Langston Hughes Project, including the premiere of a play written by playwright Lynn Manning and directed by Nataki Garrett. The play will explore Latin cultural influences on Hughes who lived for several years with his father in Toluca, Mexico.
YMCA of San Diego County
San Diego, CA
To support the creation of a mural on the exterior of the Balboa Youth and Community Center. The organization will partner with A Reason to Survive, a nonprofit organization providing free arts programming to local children facing adversity.
Su Teatro (aka El Centro Su Teatro)
To support performances of Representa!, a hip-hop theater play and related outreach activities. The new work will be created and performed by spoken word poet Paul Flores and rapper Julio Cardenas.
Arts Council of Greater New Haven
New Haven, CT
To support the enhancement of the council's Web site in order to improve marketing for diverse arts and cultural institutions in Greater New Haven. The site will include an interactive calendar of events and a searchable database, as well as provide access to the regional Creative Directory, a collaborative effort by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Growth Partnership, and the Town Green Special Services District.
Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education
To support the presentation of Ali Bradley's Sound'n Movement, a tap ensemble of dancers and jazz musicians, and related outreach activities. Project activities will include performances at Dover's Schwartz Arts Center, pre- and post-performance discussions with the artists, and workshops scheduled at Delaware State University.
Grand Opera House, Inc. (aka The Grand)
To support the 2009 Stages of Discovery Series targeting elementary, middle, and high school students. Participating companies will include Enchanted Theater Company, Philadanco, and Dallas Children's Theater on Tour. Study materials and classroom visits by organizational staff will accompany each performance.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
City Arts, Inc.
To support the creation of mosaics for installation in Watts Branch/Marvin Gaye Park in Washington, DC. Led by professional artists, student apprentices who participate in City Arts' year-round Urban Arts Mentoring Program will assist in the research, design, and creation of the mosaics.
DC Heritage Tourism Coalition, Inc. (aka Cultural Tourism DC)
To support Passport DC, a series of events providing access to international arts and culture programming at embassies located in Washington, DC. From Ethiopia and Ghana to Pakistan and Mexico, this cultural tourism program will feature authentic art exhibitions, dance and musical performances, films, and lectures, offered at little or no cost for local residents and visitors.
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
To support the Environmental Film Festival, featuring films, performances, and guest artist discussions focused on environmental issues. Among the films that will be screened are Sea Change, featuring author and award-wining actress Lisa Harrow and the Sunrise Earth series by filmmaker David Conover.
Aequalis, Inc. (aka The Core Ensemble)
Lake Worth, FL
To support Harvest of Haitian Voices, an artist residency featuring actor/playwright Akin Babatunde. The musical theater work will incorporate oral histories of residents of the Haitian community in Delray Beach, Florida.
Artist Series of Tallahassee, Inc.
To support an artist residency by the Parker Quartet. The string quartet will provide recitals and workshops at several schools in Leon and Gadsden Counties.
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Port Charlotte, FL
To support a performance featuring flutist Lady Jeanne Galway. Galway will join the symphony for its Women's History Month performance, Celebrating Women, which will also feature female composers.
Greater Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
To support a pre-concert talk and public performance with pianist Terrence Wilson. Students at Pensacola High School will be invited to participate in an in-school performance and lecture by Wilson as well as attend the dress rehearsal for the public performance.
Gulf Coast Museum of Art
To support the exhibition Something to Look Forward To, featuring the work of celebrated African American artists. Project activities will include a discussion with painter Sam Gilliam, a lecture by curator Franklin Sirmans, a film series, and docent-led tours.
United Arts Council of Collier County
To support an artist residency by Brazz Dance Theater, a modern dance company. The project will include workshops and a repertory concert for residents of the agricultural town of Immokalee, Florida.
Albany Symphony Association, Inc.
To support My Soul is a Witness: Spirit and Spirituality in the Music of America's Enslaved. The concert series, featuring tenor Leroy E. Bynum and the Albany State University Concert Chorale, will highlight the significance of the genre known as African American spirituals.
American Jewish Committee
To support the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Film presentations exploring themes of Jewish culture, heritage, and history will be augmented by guest speakers and panel discussions featuring actors, filmmakers, academics, and authors. Recent participants have included director Paul Mazursky and actors Jerry Adler and Judd Hirsch.
Atlanta Chinese Dance Company
To support West to East, East to West, an original Chinese dance production. Featuring guest artists Hangdong Xu of Dance China New York and Tara Lee of the Atlanta Ballet, the production will examine the influence of western dance techniques on traditional dance in China.
Better Hometown Task Force, Inc.
To support the Southern Soul Festival. The event will take place in the historic downtown area of Dawson, Georgia, and will feature local and regional artists who will perform for audiences from the surrounding nine-county area.
Horizon Theatre Company, Inc.
To support the 2009 New South Playwrights Festival. Project activities will include a full production of a new play, staged readings of new works, and a week of professional mentoring for high school and college writers.
NAMES Project Foundation (aka The AIDS Memorial Quilt)
To support Call My Name, a series of quilting workshops targeting the African American community. The workshops will encourage dialogue about the AIDS quilt and related issues of recovery and loss.
Savannah College of Art and Design
To support the exhibition Richard Hunt: Promethean Mythmaker [Sculptures, Drawings, and Prints]. Hunt will participate in a lecture that will be available to students on three SCAD campuses via Webcast.
Ebb & Flow Arts
To support a concert tour by the Tilden Trio. The Trio, comprised of violinist Sarn Oliver, cellist Peter Wyrick, and pianist June Choi Oh, will perform on Maui, Oahu, and the Big Island of Hawaii.
University of Idaho (on behalf of Prichard Art Gallery)
To support the exhibit SLAG, The Anti Art Glass, which will explore the use of glass in non-traditional forms. Guests artists will include Elizabeth Lyons, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Jaume Plensa, Renee Stout, and Walter Zimmerman.
City of Bloomington, Illinois (on behalf of Bloomington Cultural District)
To support performances by the Ailey II dance company. The company will present an educational performance for students from the region, as well as perform for the general public at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.
Lira Ensemble (aka Lira)
To support a series of holiday concerts featuring traditional Polish music and dance. An English narrative will provide background information about the selected pieces and Polish holiday customs.
Moraine Valley Community College
Palos Hills, IL
To support On The Road to Glory workshops and performances featuring gospel ensemble The Princely Players. The Princely Players will also offer workshops and informal discussions at Aspen High School in Robbins, Illinois, and Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, Illinois.
Neighborhood Writing Alliance
To support Where I Come From: Telling Our Stories & Recording Our Histories. Artist Tyehimba Jess will lead participants in a workshop creating blues poems based on their stories. Selected pieces will be published in the Journal of Ordinary Thought.
University of Illinois at Springfield
To support a performance of An Early Birthday for Abraham Lincoln with musicians Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. Other artists will include members of the Tenth Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Band and the Springfield International Folk Dancers. Ungar will lead a fiddle workshop for university students and community members.
Minnetrista Cultural Foundation, Inc. (aka Minnetrista Cultural Center)
To support a performance by the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. The presentation is part of Summer Stage Fest at Minnetrista, a free, outdoor festival celebrating the performing arts of the region.
To support a concert featuring male a cappella vocal ensemble The King's Singers. The ensemble also will lead a master class for college and high school choirs.
Lucas Arts and Humanities Council, Inc. (aka Grassroots Art Center)
To support Mosaic Wandering Wall Designs, a public art project. Selected artists Mri Pilar and Eric Abraham will collaborate with a local architect to create benches and works of art for installation in the exterior and interior walls of a public restroom, using recycled colored bottles and other found objects.
Berea Arts Council
To support A Walk with the Arts, a tour of local artists' temporary studios. The event will take place at Berea College's Indian Fort Theater site, where mobile artist-at-work studios will allow for artist interaction with the public.
Juneteenth Festival, Inc. (aka Juneteenth Legacy Theatre)
To support the 10th Annual Juneteenth Jamboree of New Plays, a festival of staged readings and related activities. Playwright Micki Grant and actor Grenoldo Frazier will lead workshops for youth and adults.
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (on behalf of Appalachian Program)
To support the production of Higher Ground II, a play written by local residents under the direction of playwight Jo Carson. Participating artists will include director Gerard Stropnicky, choreographer Kevin Iega Jeff, and lighting designer A.C. Hickox.
Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Inc.
Baton Rouge, LA
To support the River City Jazz Masters concert series. Scheduled to be presented at the Shaw Center for the Arts, the series will include vocalist Patti Austin and her Trio, as well as a number of notable jazz instrumentalists from the Blue Note 70th Anniversary Tour.
Brunswick Area Arts & Cultural Alliance (aka Five Rivers Arts Alliance)
To support the promotion of arts and cultural activities in Southern Midcoast Maine. The Five Rivers Arts Alliance will work in partnership with the Maine Office of Tourism and cultural organizations such as Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Chocolate Church Arts Center, and Maine Fiberarts to promote cultural activities in the region's 12 mid-coast Maine communities.
Fell's Point Creative Alliance, Inc. (aka Creative Alliance)
To support the Great Halloween Lantern Parade held in Patterson Park. Artist Molly Ross has been commissioned to create and implement the annual event that will involve numerous local artists and community outreach. Public and in-school workshops will be held for the creation of paper and bamboo lanterns, and the event will include a shadow puppet show and live music.
Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, Inc.
To support a series of concerts by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Performances will be conducted by Andrés Cárdenes and David Meyer.
Prince Theatre Foundation, Inc.
To support the commission and production of a new work by playwright Norman Allen. The play will demonstrate the significance of Chestertown and Kent County during the colonial era.
ArtWorks (aka Artworks! Partners for the Arts & Community)
New Bedford, MA
To support the creation of a public mural. Local artist Severin Haines will lead youth in the design and creation of a mural inspired by notable artists who were born in or lived in New Bedford, such as German American painter Albert Bierstadt.
Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School (aka BArT Charter Public School)
To support Music, Dance, and Stories: A West African Celebration. Artists from Senegal and Mali, as well as regionally-based world music musicians, will participate in public workshops and perform for audiences from northern and central Berkshire County.
Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Inc.
To support a concert featuring violinist Irina Muresanu under the conductorship of NEA Jazz Master Gunther Schuller. Related activities will include a rehearsal at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, a pre-concert recital, and a post-concert question and answer session with the artists.
Zeiterion Theatre, Inc. (aka The Z)
New Bedford, MA
To support performances of Montanta Repertory Theatre's production of To Kill A Mockingbird by Christopher Sergel, based on the Harper Lee novel. Dramatist and education specialist Stacy Coates will address issues of tolerance and diversity during school and community dialogues.
Huron Valley Council for the Arts
To support an animation camp, as well as an exhibition of stills and screenings of films created during the camp. Economically disadvantaged teens, and in some cases teens who have physical and cognitive disabilities, will be taught animation by filmmaker John Prusack during the camp.
Interlochen Center for the Arts
To support a performance by the Complexions Contemporary Ballet. In addition to participating in several public radio interviews, the artists will lead a master class for Interlochen Arts Academy students.
Lenawee Symphony Orchestra Society
To support American Rhapsody, a concert featuring violinist Janet Sung and new works by composer Kenneth Fuchs. Sung and Fuchs will participate in a pre-concert lecture.
Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Inc.
To support The Culture of Mexico Festival. Activities will include performances by the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, an exhibit of work by Teresa Villegas, and a pinata workshop for children.
William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, Inc.
To support the creation of a database of arts organizations, galleries, and artist studios located in the state's upper penninsula. The collected information will be published in the Art Tour of the U.P. map, to be distributed to visitor centers in the lower penninsula and northern Wisconsin. Additionally, links to each organizations' Web site will be available on William Bonifas Fine Arts Center's Web site.
Ananya Dance Theatre
To support Ashesh Barsha, Never-ending Monsoon, an exploration of climate and environmental issues. Scheduled to premiere at the Southern Theater, the dance concert will be accompanied by an exhibition highlighting the research materials on which the choreography is based.
Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Inc.
Red Wing, MN
To support an outreach project that will include music performances, exhibitions, studio tours, and readings featuring artists from the Red Wing region and greater Minnesota. Selected authors, illustrators, and musicians will discuss their work in informal and formal presentations for audiences from southeast Minnesota.
Franconia Sculpture Park
To support the Arts and Music Festival which will include guided tours of the sculpture park, live music, and poetry readings. The festival will celebrate new sculpture installations at the park. Past sculptors have included Lishan Chang, Melanie VanHouten, and Su-Chen Hung.
Greenville Arts Council
To support The Time Has Come 2010, a festival celebrating Washington County natives who are nationally-recognized artists. During the four-day festival, the work of artists such as sculptor William Beckwith, writer Brooks Haxton, and visual artist Alex O'Neal will be highlighted through panel discussions, workshops, and performances.
Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO
To support a performance by the Russian National Ballet Theatre. Discounted and free tickets will be offered to education, community, and civic organizations.
Alberta Bair Theater Corporation
To support New Music for the Old West, a concert series featuring diverse musical styles. Proposed guest artists ScrapArtsMusic (rooted in world music traditions), the string quartet Ethel, jazz vocalist Rachael Price, Edgar Meyer, and Mike Marshall (masters of modern acoustic music), and the American Chamber Players will perform and participate in outreach activities for audiences from Montana and northern Wyoming.
Billings Symphony Society (aka Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale)
To support a concert and related outreach activities featuring violinist Chee-Yun Kim. Kim will perform Beethoven's Violin Concerto at the historic Alberta Bair Theater, as well as participate in lecture demonstrations for Billings-area middle and high school students.
Great Falls Symphony Association, Inc.
Great Falls, MT
To support an artist residency by classical guitarist Christopher Parkening and baritone Jubilant Sykes. Activities will include workshops, lectures, master classes, an open dress rehearsal, and a public concert with the symphony.
Headwaters Dance Co.
To support performances of Montana Suite Part IV: Crow Country, choreographed by Donna Uchizono. The organization's artistic director will offer master classes at area schools as preparation for student attendance. Following the performances, Uchizono will join local students and audiences in talk-back sessions.
Whitefish Theatre Co.
To support performances by The Gospel Hummingbirds. The theater will work with partner organizations including Montana Veterans' Home, Agency of Aging, and Whitefish Housing Authority to target underserved constituencies.
Las Vegas Jazz Society
Las Vegas, NV
To support a new jazz composition by Woody Woods and performances highlighting the contribution of African Americans to jazz. The performances for both children and adults will include a jazz quintet, vocalists, dancers, and a narrator.
Town of Franconia, New Hampshire (on behalf of Frost Place)
To support the Frost Place Festival of Poetry featuring author Chase Twichell. Festival events include lectures, public workshops, and readings.
Burlington County College
To support The Beauty of the Pinelands, an exhibition featuring botanical illustrator Robin Jess and photographer Michael Hogan. The exhibition will be held at the Burlington County College Student Art Gallery, and will include several community outreach activities, such as discussions with the artists.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Inc.
Fort Lee, NJ
To support The Year of the Ox Celebration, featuring pipa artist Hong Tao Sun, dancer Yao Zhong Zhang, and paper-cutting artist Ho Tien Cheng. The performance will be presented at the New Jersery Performing Arts Center (Newark, NJ), Queens College (Flushing, NY), and Kingsborough Community College (Brooklyn, NY).
Opera New Jersey, Inc.
To support an educational tour of Hansel and Gretel, composed by Engelbert Humperdink. Related activities will include distribution of study guides and a post-performance question-and-answer session with the artists.
People and Stories Gente y Cuentos, Inc.
To support literary readings, discussions, and workshops with guest artists Lauren B. Davis, Paul Muldoon, and Alvin Auburt. Partnering organizations are the Bo Robinson Education and Training Center, a residential facility that provides job training services for formerly incarcerated men and women and Operation Fatherhood, an organization that provides workforce resources for non-custodial fathers. Project participants will be selected from the organizations.
Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Inc.
To support the bilingual main stage production and tour of Papa Esta en la Atlantida by Mexican playwright Javier Malpica with translations by American playwright Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas and accompanying outreach activities. The playwrights will participate in several discussions about their work and issues facing Latinos in America. The production will travel to several Latino communities.
Mimbres Region Arts Council, Inc.
Silver City, NM
To support the creation of murals for installation in the mining district of Grant County. Selected artists - including Carlene Roters, Cecelia Standford, and Zoe Wolfe - will work with elementary, middle, and high school students to create the murals. Students will interview local residents to incorporate local history and aesthetics in the mural design.
Taos Center for the Arts
To support a performance and master class by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Prior to the performance, local artists will lead workshops in modern dance, lighting design, and stagecraft for area students.
Bronx River Art Center, Inc.
To support Intervenciones (Interventions), a visual arts exhibition featuring the work of contemporary Salvadoran artists. Selected artists will participate in public outreach programs and create a large-scale, site-specific, multidisciplinary artwork at the Bronx River Art Center.
Canandaigua Lake Chamber Music Festival, Inc.
To support an artist residency by the Borromeo String Quartet and the Claremont Trio. The chamber music ensembles will perform during a concert series for the general public, as well as participate in community outreach activities designed to engage residents from rural Ontario County.
Catskill Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support a concert and accompanying outreach programs featuring pianist Andrew Russo. Project activities also will include a subsidized ticketing program that will benefit school children and older adults.
Classical Theatre of Harlem, Inc.
New York, NY
To support a production of Anton Chekov's Three Sisters. As part of its 10th anniversary season, the production will continue the theater's legacy of presenting African American actors in the lead roles of Western European classics.
Free Arts for Abused Children of New York City, Inc. (aka Free Arts NYC)
New York, NY
To support the Play/Write Project performed and facilitated by the Striking Viking Story Pirates. After a sketch comedy performance by the Story Pirates, teaching artists will lead creative writing workshops for the participating youth. The workshops will culminate in a second performance showcasing the new stories.
Girls Write Now, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the Readings and Community Outreach program. Additionally, the program will feature a one-day conference for students, artists, and educators incorporating writing workshops, readings, lectures, and panel discussions at the New School.
New York, NY
To support concerts at public housing locations. Hospital Audiences, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire healing, growth, and learning through engagement in the arts, will help in the selection of professional artists.
Jamestown Community College
To support an exhibition of photography by Arno Raphael Minkkinen. Related activities will include a lecture by Minkkinen and gallery tours led by curator James Colby.
Mill Street Loft, Inc.
To support the creation and installation of a mural at the Pershing Avenue Community Playground that focuses on the themes of education, community, and environment. Urban youth, their families, and community members will work with professional artists Nestor Madalengoitia and Alexandra Baer to create the work.
Puppetry Arts Theatre, Inc.
To support a concert performance of Anthropomorphic, a family-theater musical by composer Tom Swafford and lyricist Tim Young. The New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble will provide the musical accompaniment.
Queens Botanical Garden Society, Inc.
To support an artist residency by sculptor and papermaker Jane Ingram Allen. Allen will participate in open studio sessions, public workshops, and lectures. Her work will also be exhibited in the organization's gallery space.
Research Foundation of State University of New York (Oswego campus) (on behalf of ARTSwego/Oswego)
To support the Hudson River Quadricentennial Concert, featuring multidisciplinary performances of Old Time by Mark O'Connor, Tide by Don Bryon, and Soundtrack to a Shared Dream by Daniel Bernard Roumain. The artists will participate in the performances.
Research Foundation of State University of New York (Cortland campus) (on behalf of SUNY/Cortland)
To support the Cortland Road Pour, a metal arts project. Assistant Professor of Sculpture Vaughn Randall will lead a team of high school and college students in a public iron pouring demonstration during the annual National Brockway Truck Show. Community members will be invited to create their own license-plate sized designs.
New York, NY
To support a festival showcasing films related to the field of developmental disabilities. Planned activities include question and answer sessions with filmmakers, media arts workshops, an exhibition showcasing the works of artists with developmental disabilities, and a photography portrait exhibition of individuals with developmental disabilities.
St. John's University
To support a performance and outreach activities featuring Bangladeshi folk singer Dulal Bhowmik. The university will partner with Bishwo Shahitto Kendro, a Bangladeshi American arts and culture organization in Queens.
Visible Theatre, Inc
New York, NY
To support True Story Project: Faith, a performance of autobiographical stories. Playwright and director Todd Bauer will lead a writing circle of artists, many with disabilities, in the creation of the work.
Davidson College (on behalf of Van Every/Smith Galleries)
To support Re/Formations: Disability, Women, and Sculpture. The exhibition will include the work of Nancy Fried, Rebecca Horn, Harriet Sanderson, Judith Scott, and Laura Splan.
Greensboro Symphony Society, Inc. (aka Greensboro Symphony Orchestra)
To support the Annual Community Gospel Concert featuring Kurt Carr, the Kurt Carr Singers, and choristers selected from area colleges and churches. The concert celebrates Greensboro's historic civil rights sit-in events.
Stecoah Valley Arts, Crafts & Educational Center, Inc. (aka Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center)
To support An Appalachian Evening concert series featuring traditional entertainment connected to Appalachian heritage. Past artists include banjo player Marvin Gaster, storyteller Orville Hicks, musician and NEA National Heritage Fellow Wayne Henderson, fiddler and NEA National Heritage Fellow Joe Thompson, and gospel singers The Wilson Brothers.
Western Piedmont Symphony - The Unifour Orchestra
To support the regional premiere of the concerto "Terra Terribilis" by Laura Kaminsky. The work will be performed by the symphony's percussion section. Kaminsky will participate in rehearsals and community outreach.
Jamestown Fine Arts Association, Inc. (aka The Arts Center)
To support a series of artist residencies in partnership with the Ave Maria Village nursing home. Proposed artists include storyteller and NEA National Heritage Fellow Mary Louise Defender Wilson, writer Deborah Ford, weaver Lila Hauge-Stoffel, and painter Pieper Bloomquist, who will work with the nursing home's residents. Residency activities will include the creation of stories or writings based on the elders' oral histories, and corresponding paintings-all of which will be compiled as a manuscript for public distribution.
Nelson County Arts Council
To support a series of artist residencies in partnership with the Nelson County Health System Care Center. Proposed artists include storyteller and NEA National Heritage Fellow Mary Louise Defender Wilson, writer Deborah Ford, weaver Lila Hauge-Stoffel, and painter Pieper Bloomquist, who will work with the elder residents of the center. Residency activities will include the creation of stories or writings based on the elders' oral histories, and corresponding paintings - all of which will be compiled as a manuscript for public distribution.
Northern Lights Arts Council
To support a series of artist residencies in partnership with the Maple Manor Care Center. Proposed artists include storyteller and NEA National Heritage Fellow Mary Louise Defender Wilson, writer Deborah Ford, weaver Lila Hauge-Stoffel, and painter Pieper Bloomquist, who will work with the residents of Maple Manor. Residency activities will include the creation of stories or writings based on the elders' oral histories, and corresponding paintings-all of which will be compiled as a manuscript for public distribution.
Spirit Room (aka Spirit Room Galleries)
To support an exhibition of work by repoussé (a metalworking technique) artist Norik Y. Astvatsaturov. Related project activities will include a documentary video about Astvatsaturov, interpretive panels, and a series of artist lectures.
Art Opportunities, Inc. (aka ArtWorks)
To support MuralWorks, a public art program. Led by professional artists, teen apprentices will create murals in Cincinnati neighborhoods. The program was developed in partnership with the City of Cincinnati to employ youth and professional artists for the creation of works of public art.
To support Heaven and Earth: Schubert and Ives. Guest artists Betsy Burleigh and Quire Cleveland will participate in the choral concert program that will contrast the work of composers Franz Schubert and Charles Ives.
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
To support the design development for the renovation of the Clifton School. The renovated 1906 Beaux-Arts building will become the main facility of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.
University of Akron Main Campus (on behalf of Wayne College)
To support the Wayne College Shakespeare Festival. A workshop and performance will be presented specifically for high school students.
To support workshops and demonstrations by regalia makers at the Umatilla and Warm Springs Reservations. Regalia makers from across the state and the general public will be invited to each venue.
Academy of Community Music
Fort Washington, PA
To support the annual Celebrate the Children Concert. The concert will feature the Voices of Africa, percussionist Leonard "Doc" Gibbs and his African drum ensemble, and jazz violinist John Blake, Jr., and his jazz ensemble.
City of Asylum Pittsburgh
To support the Annual Jazz Poetry Concert. The fifth annual concert will present jazz musicians and poets from around the world. Previous guest artists have included the Oliver Lake Jazz Quintet, the Flux Quartet, and poets Gerald Stern and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley.
Gamut Theatre Group, Inc. (aka Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival)
To support a production of William Shakespeare's Cymbeline. The free, outdoor performances will take place at Reservoir Park in Allison Hill, a largely low-income, multi-ethnic neighborhood.
Greater Philadelphia Asian Culture Center
North Wales, PA
To support a presentation of the New Tang Dynasty Television Chinese Spectacular. Guest artists will include the Divine Performing Arts Orchestra, featuring conductor Rutang Chen, concertmaster Chia-Chi Lin, and tenor Guimin Guan.
Huntingdon County Arts Council
To support Folk College 2009. Resident ensemble Simple Gifts will be joined by performer Steven Greenman, as well as folk ensembles including Crowfoot and Appalasian, for a series of concerts and workshops focused on traditional American and international folk music.
Pennsylvania Youth Theatre
To support the production of Maggie Magalita, a play by Wendy Kesselman. The bilingual production will appeal to the area's large Latino student population.
Susquehanna Folk Music Society, Inc.
New Cumberland, PA
To support The Global Rhythms Project. Guest artists will include the Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble, Bulgarian dancers Illian Bozhavova and Tudor Vasilev Yanknov, and Indian musician Shafaatullah Khan.
Sweetwater Art Center (aka Sweetwater Center for the Arts)
To support the Mavuno Festival of African American Art and Culture. Singer and storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston will perform at the festival and travel to local, low-income areas to help students learn about African culture. Project activities also will include jazz performances, visual arts exhibitions, and a film series.
Williamsport Symphony Orchestra
To support a performance of David Stock's Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra featuring percussionist Lisa Pegher. Pegher will also participate in a master class for college students, a pre-concert demonstration for middle school students, and a workshop for low-income families.
Newport Performing Arts Center
To support the development phase for the interior design aspects of Newport Opera House, which was built in 1868. Theater consultant Christopher Buckley will lead the project.
Newberry Opera House Foundation, Inc.
To support performances of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. The opera will be performed by the Mozart Festival Opera and Orchestra, produced by Jenny Kelly Productions.
University of South Carolina Research Foundation
To support performances by The Ladies of Mariachi International during Cinco de Mayo en Sumter. Shaw Air Force Base's Hispanic Heritage Club will provide traditional dance demonstrations.
Germantown Performing Arts Centre
To support performances of Teatro de Piazza o D'Occasione's Farfalle. An interactive virtual landscape will be created for the youth audience through the use of projections, sensors, and audio design to complement the live performers.
Knoxville Museum of Art
To support the exhibition Josh Simpson: A Visionary Journey in Glass. In addition to presenting a public gallery talk, Simpson will discuss his work with low-income students of Beaumont Elementary Magnet Honors Academy.
Roxy Productions, Inc. (aka Roxy Regional Theatre)
To support a main stage production of a new adaptation by playwright John McDonald of the classic novel All Quiet on the Western Front and related educational activities. Prior to the main stage production, the script will be workshopped by Roxy School for the Arts students.
Cine Las Americas
To support the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival. The festival will screen films by or about Latinos or indigenous peoples of the Americas, showcasing contemporary film and video from North, Central, and South America, as well as Spain and the Caribbean.
Globe of the Great Southwest, Inc. (aka The Globe Theatre)
To support the development and production of the musical Oh Susannah! by Robert Hollmann. Student matinees will be followed by question-and-answer sessions with the cast.
Great Promise, Inc.
To support the Heritage Festival and Powwow. Proposed artists include drum maker Rock Pipestream, regalia maker and NEA National Heritage Fellow Vanessa Paukeigope Jennings, and storytellers Tim Tingle and Gayle Ross.
Lubbock Arts Alliance, Inc.
To support Lubbock in My Rearview Mirror: An ArtCar Event. Focused on the folk art medium of artcars, project activities will include the premiere screening of Harrod Blank's film Automorphis, interactive discussions with Blank, and the creation of an artcar.
Midwestern State University (on behalf of Witchita Falls Museum of Art at MSU)
Wichita Falls, TX
To support a touring exhibition of the museum's Caldecott Medal winners to the communities of the North Texas Plains, and accompanying educational and outreach activities. The exhibition will tour to public libraries and highlight work by artists that have been awarded the Caldecott Medal honoring children's book illustrators.
University of Texas-Pan American
To support a concert and workshop by Mexican folk ensemble Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez during FESTIBA 2009. Related activities will include a workshop and showcase concert for mariachi students.
Waco Cultural Arts Fest
To support a performance by the all-female music and dance ensemble Retumba!. The ensemble will perform at the Waco Cultural Arts Fest and at two public schools.
Moab Music Festival, Inc.
To support Cuban Fiesta - Two Musical Portraits of Cuba, a pair of concerts featuring NEA Jazz Master Paquito D'Rivera and Jorge Luis Prats. The concerts will serve as the culminating events for the festival and aid in expanding awareness of Latin American culture and heritage in the rural community.
Burlington City Arts Foundation
To support Human=Landscape, featuring the work of Patrick Marold and Andrea Polli. The project will include the creation of a large-scale public art installation and a multimedia exhibit exploring the issues regarding wind energy, its aesthetics and environmental impact.
Green Mountain Cultural Center, Inc (aka Green Mountain Opera Festival)
To support a residency by emerging and established vocalists, culminating in a production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Project activities will also include master classes, an emerging artists concert, and open rehearsals.
Richmond Philharmonic, Inc. (aka Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra)
To support Discover the Orchestra, a musical outreach program targeting inner-city residents. Cellist Andre Gaskins will serve as the featured artist.
Methow Music Festival Association (aka Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival)
To support the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, featuring artist residencies and performances by the Biava Quartet and the Finisterra Piano Trio. Other festival artists will include cellist Craig Weaver, flutist Paul Taub, and pianist Stephen Beus.
Northwest Symphony Orchestra
To support Sounds of the Northwest, a concert featuring music by local composers and an educational outreach project. The project will also includes educational clinics, presentations, and master classes featuring cellist Joshua Roman and composer Glenn Crytser.
Pocahontas County Free Libraries
To support workshops for elementary school students by Pianafiddle, whose ensembles members are pianist Lynn Wright and violinist Adam Degraff. The workshops will culminate in a community concert at the Pearl Buck House.
Forgotten Wisdom, Inc.
To support the production of Unsung Stories of the Civil War, a narrated program of original music composed by Artistic Director Bruce Burnside. The Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra will perform a new orchestral arrangement of the work.
Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Green Bay, WI
To support a concert featuring soprano Erica Strauss performing arias from Antonin Dvorak's Rusalka. Strauss will also lead a master class for local college students.
Madison Opera, Inc.
To support Opera in the Park, a free, outdoor concert event at Garner Park. Past soloists have included Melody Moore, Kendall Gladen, Bryan Hymel, and Luis Ledesma. The Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra will also perform.
Milwaukee Public Theatre
To support artist residencies by members of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre of Minneapolis. The guest artists will work with local artists in preparation for the Rhythm Rainbow Community Festival.
University of Wyoming
To support Wyoming Weather Report 2009: A Project of Story and Place. Creative writing students will work with guest author Alexandra Fuller to collect stories chronicling life in rural Wyoming.
TOTAL GRANTS AWARDED: 151
TOTAL DOLLARS AWARDED: 1,510,000
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