2011 Grant Awards: Access to Artistic Excellence
[ August 12, 2010 deadline ]
Folk & Traditional Arts |
Local Arts Agencies
Media Arts |
Musical Theater |
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
Folk and Traditional Arts
Alabama Folklife Association, Inc. (Consortium)
To support the Archive of Alabama Folk Culture, with salary support for an archivist to digitize key collections. In partnership with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the association will hire an archivist to preserve fragile documents, recordings, and images, and make them available to researchers and educators.
Allegheny Echoes, Inc.
To support a week-long workshop that will instruct the region's youth in traditional Appalachian music and poetry. The workshop will match students with accomplished masters for instruction in traditional instrumental techniques, vocal music, or creative writing, and conclude with two performances showcasing the instructors and their students.
Alliance for California Traditional Arts
To support a statewide traditional arts apprenticeship program. Funding will support contracts with master artists, documentation, a two-day artists' gathering, and a public showcase of their work.
Alliance for California Traditional Arts (Consortium)
To support an organizational and artistic development program and provide partial support of the executive director, associate director, and operations manager positions. In conjunction with the California Arts Council, ACTA will help traditional artists and organizations with technical assistance through consultancies, mentorships, and travel opportunities.
American Focus, Inc.
To support post production of the film Heartland Passage: the Living Cultural Heritage of the Erie Canal. The project will complete the final editing of the half-hour documentary film on the cultural heritage of the Erie Canal and produce a series of occupational folklore and oral history modules focusing on individual raconteurs for use at an exhibit at the Eric Canal Museum and Visitors Center.
American Folklore Society, Inc.
To support the Best Practices Technical Assistance Program, providing technical assistance and cultural expertise to folk and traditional arts organizations across the country. In its third year, the project will arrange short-term consultancies to advise organizations in crucial areas such as fieldwork, archiving, event production, publication design, or organizational management, and facilitate professional development opportunities for the staff of organizations engaged in folk and traditional arts work.
API Cultural Center (aka Oakland Asian Cultural Center)
To support Converging Diasporas, performances based in the traditions of three Asian immigrant communities living in the Oakland metropolitan area. Students, taught by master artists, will present a program of Philippine music and dance, a Lunar New Year Festival and Student Showcase, and the Treasure of Mongolia Festival, featuring Mongolian folk dance and music.
Arkansas State University
State University, AR
To support the Arkansas Folklife Program, the only statewide traditional arts service organization in a state. In addition to documenting traditional artists and presenting that information through publications, recordings, and public programs, the project will continue the folk arts apprenticeship program, integrate folk arts in education, and provide technical assistance to folklife organizations and traditional artists in the state.
Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division (aka Arlington Cultural Affaris)
To support fieldwork focused on the dance traditions of Arlington's Bolivian community. The fieldwork will focus on Bolivian dance as it relates to issues of migration, place, and change, from the perspectives of both the immigrant community and long-time residents.
Asian Americans United, Inc.
To support the 16th Annual Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival in Philadelphia's Chinatown. The festival will feature arts and crafts activities, a lion dance and lantern parade through the community, and performances showcasing Chinese folk and traditional artists.
To support the planning and documentation of Ike Papale, the Living Legacy of Hawaiian Hats, a project that will examine the traditions of Native Hawaiian hat-making. The project will include identification of existing documentation, consultation and planning meetings, and information collecting on Hawaiian hats and hat making, with photography and interviews.
Black Storytellers of San Diego
Chula Vista, CA
To support Common Threads: International Storytelling, Dance and Drum Conference and Festival. The three-day event will provide professional development training and workshops for K-12 educators and students on the connections between oral traditions and performance arts with a focus on practical approaches, application, implementation, and inclusion of folk arts in education.
Bowery Arts and Science, Ltd. (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support A White Wing Brushes the Building, a fieldwork project to locate poetry traditions in eight New York City ethnic communities. In partnership with Rattapallax, a New York City-based literary magazine, Bowery Arts will organize readings for ethnic poets within their communities, and feature them in a literary journal/DVD.
Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc.
To support Half the Sky Festival: Women in Traditional Performance. The project will conduct fieldwork with immigrant groups in Brooklyn to identify traditional performances and rituals that were specific to women, including music, dance, and spoken arts.
California Indian Storytelling Association
To support the storytelling symposium and festival Casting A Net of Story and Song: The Art and Practice of Native Fishing Cultures. The project will provide a forum for the presentation of stories, focused on the art and practice of fishing as reflected in traditional narratives of indigenous peoples from New Zealand, Hawaii, and the Pacific Coast of the United States.
Cambodian-American Heritage, Inc.
Fort Washington, MD
To support the Cambodian American Heritage Arts Program. Students will be instructed in traditional Cambodian classical and folk dances and music under the supervision of master Cambodian heritage arts teachers, including NEA National Heritage Fellows Madame Sam-Oeun Tes and Master Chum Ngek.
Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces Foundation (on behalf of Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference)
Las Cruces, NM
To support the Mariachi Music and Folkloric Dance Program, a project of the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference. The project includes instruction in music and folkloric dance for students, as well as professional development seminars for instructors.
Center for Southern Folklore
To support a project called Urban Memphis and the Rural Delta: Its Voices, Its Beats which will organize and digitize various media, including audiotapes, videotapes, films, slides, and photographs. The material will be made available to the public through the creation of searchable online databases and exhibits.
Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Inc.
New York, NY
To support Community Cultural Initiatives, a program designed to assist New York City's immigrant communities preserve and share performing arts traditions. The program will include field research, artistic presentations, and educational programs in Chinese, Ukrainian, and Colombian communities.
Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Inc. (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support the An-Sky Initiative for Yiddish Culture, a project that will research, document, and present East European Jewish performing arts found in New York City. In collaboration with the Center for Jewish History, the project will locate tradition bearers, sponsor a lecture series, present concerts of music and dance, and support collaboration between Jewish and Roma musicians.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Inc.
St. Michaels, MD
To support the Chesapeake Bay Legacies Project, a series of activities that will enhance the museum's connections to the region's traditional culture. The project will support three boat building apprenticeships, two artists in residence, and partial support for a folklorist who will seek out traditional artists for the museum.
City Lore, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the City Lore Documentary Institute, a three-week summer training program with follow-up internships, focusing on urban traditions and cultural documentation. Students will study all aspects of research projects, including research ethics, project planning, fundraising, interviewing techniques, documentary photography, sound recording, writing field notes, archiving, and delivering public presentations on research findings.
City Lore, Inc. (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support Artful Stories, a folk arts in education program for urban elementary schools. In partnership with Community School District 28, City Lore will provide artist residencies, professional development for folk artists and teachers, performances, community field trips, and parent involvement activities.
City of Saxman, Alaska
To support the Saxman Heritage Art Revitalization for Kids project (SHARK). The project will provide after-school and weekend instruction in traditional Native Alaskan arts, including songs, drumming, dance, weaving, and carving for masks and totem poles.
City of Tarpon Springs, Florida
Tarpon Springs, FL
To support the Gulf Coast Folklife Center's presentation of local, state, and regional traditions through exhibits, festivals, performances, workshops, and other programs. The project will conduct fieldwork to identify and document new folk artists, while established folk artists will be presented in a variety of venues including, exhibits, workshops, and festivals.
To support the 2011 Cityfolk Festival, an annual presentation of traditional music, dance, and visual arts, and the related Culture Builds Community project, a residency program placing folk artists in local schools. The festival presents some of the nation's most outstanding traditional artists in a free, three-day event.
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, Inc.
New York, NY
To support a museum exhibit on the cultural history of Puerto Ricans in New York City. The exhibit will survey the artistic contributions of Puerto Ricans throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, including music, dance, textile arts, masks, murals, textile arts, and instrument making.
Cloud Horse Art Insitute
To support Traditional Art Seminars, a series of classes providing children and adults with instruction in a variety of traditional Lakota arts. Classes in quill-work, bead-work, hide painting, foodways, feather work, stone, and carving in a variety of media will be taught by traditional Lakota artists and documented with video.
Curators of the University of Missouri at Columbia (Consortium)
To support the Missouri Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, with master artists' honoraria, supplies, and performance fees. In partnership with the Missouri Arts Council, the university will provide technical assistance to masters and apprentices as they demonstrate and display folk arts at festivals held at the state capitol.
Documentary Arts, Inc.
To support a revision of Masters of Traditional Arts Education Guide, an education guide that focuses on curriculum-based themes related to the folk and traditional arts represented by the recipients of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship. The guide will be enhanced by integrating audio and video recordings, biographical information, and photographs of the artists along with lesson plans and activities into an interactive website.
Florida Division of Historical Resources (on behalf of Florida Folklife Program)
To support the Florida Folklife Program and an outreach coordinator. Projects of the Folklife Program include a fieldwork survey, an apprenticeship program, festival outreach, and a series of folklife forums.
Folkstreams, Inc. (aka Folkstreams.net)
To support folkstreams.net and to develop a mobile site for smart phones and the iPad. Folkstreams holds an archive of important films and videos about American traditional arts and culture; 25 films will be added to the site.
Friends of the Cumberland Trail Inc.
To support The Cumberland Trail Music and History Project, which will present traditional music found in the 11-county Cumberland Trail corridor of Tennessee's Cumberland Mountain region. The project will use two platforms to present traditional music: performances and a recording label that will make music from the regional traditional musicians available.
Hawaii Lion Dance Association, Inc.
To support a workshop in the traditional Fut-Saan style of Lion Dancing and musical accompaniment. Master artist Sifu Lim Meng-Kok will offer instruction in all aspects of the Lion Dance, in which two individuals mimic the actions of a dancing lion.
Historical Association of Southern Florida, Inc. (aka HistoryMiami)
To support the Guayabera Preservation Initiative, a research project on the traditional garment known as the guayabera, or Mexican Wedding Shirt, which is popular in Latin America and the Caribbean. The project will explore the shirt's origins and construction, collect samples, and culminate in an exhibit and a series of programs.
Hmong Cultural Center Inc. (Consortium)
Saint Paul, MN
To support the development of a Hmong embroidery educational website. In collaboration with the Hmong Archives, the project will develop an educational website focused on embroidery archived in the Hmong Cultural Center and Hmong Archives collections in Saint Paul to include digital photographs and narrative descriptions of traditional and contemporary Hmong embroidery, baby carriers, and articles of clothing.
Houston Arts Alliance
To support the Houston Folklife and Traditional Arts Program, which will identify and present the folk arts of the city. The projects include documenting the occupational traditions of the Houston port and ship channel, spiritually-inspired music programming, and a concert series focused on the city's musical legacy.
Institute for Community Research, Inc.
To support program activities conducted by the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program, serving as the official statewide folk arts program. Special projects include new marketing initiatives for refugee artists, an exhibit of Bosnian Memorial Quilts, and a training program for folk artists to present their work in schools.
Institute for Community Research, Inc. (Consortium)
To support the Southern New England Apprenticeship Program. In collaboration with the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the program will bring together master artists and apprentices from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut to conduct fieldwork to identify new master artists.
Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater, Inc.
To support the 17th annual West African Dance and Drum Festival. Master artists from Guinea and Senegal will offer a series of workshops and a performance of traditional West African music and dance, culminating with a West African dance performance featuring many of the master artists and workshop students.
Kentucky Historical Society
To support the Kentucky Folklife Festival, a three day event that will present the state's diverse folk cultures. Proposed festival themes include the folklife of western Kentucky, the centennial celebration of bluegrass music founder Bill Monroe, and traditional arts apprenticeships across Kentucky.
Khmer Arts Academy
Long Beach, CA
To support Cambodian classical dance training. Students are taught in weekly workshops by experienced master artists, including NEA National Heritage Fellow Sophiline Cheam Shapiro.
La Troupe Makandal, Inc.
To support Haiti Drums and Dances, a program that provides classes in traditional Afro-Haitian drumming and dance at sites in Brooklyn and Manhattan. NEA National Heritage Fellow Frisner Augustin will offer drumming instruction, while Haitian native Pierre Desrameaux will teach dance to both children and adults.
Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education (aka National Network for Folk Arts in Education)
New York, NY
To support outreach and technical assistance activities which incorporate folk arts into K-12 education. This project includes ongoing publications and an online newsletter; hiring a consultant to improve cooperation between folklorists and educators; and hosting a professional development conference.
Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education (aka National Network for Folk Arts in Education) (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support incorporation of folk arts and artists into the schools of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. In partnership with the Acadiana Center for the Arts, Local Learning will expand to additional schools; add a French language component; and also add French translations of all residency segments on their website.
Long Island Traditions Inc. (Consortium)
Port Washington, NY
To support a series of public programs, documentation, and an exhibit focusing on boat building traditions in Westchester and Long Island. In collaboration with the Westchester Arts Council, the project will interview local boat builders and document boat building traditions, focusing on construction techniques and various boat designs (commercial fishing boats, work boats, and personal water craft) culminating in a traveling exhibit.
Long Island Traditions Inc.
Port Washington, NY
To support a series of workshops and performances featuring the music and dance of Long Island immigrant communities. Artists from the Portuguese, Paraguayan, and Peruvian communities will present classes at the local libraries, culminating in a series of public performances by the master teaching artists and their ensembles.
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center (Consortium)
San Pablo, CA
To support Cultures of Mexico in California, a project that uses vernacular Mexican music and dance to examine cultural identity among Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans. In collaboration with the Migrant Education Program, Region 1, the project will present performances of traditional Mexican music and dance, screenings of documentary films, lectures, and workshops on traditional Mexican arts and their role in the community.
Los Pleneros de la 21, Inc.
New York, NY
To support The Puerto Rican Music Project. Led by NEA National Heritage Fellow Juan Gutierrez, the project supports local and touring concerts, workshops, and lectures that will facilitate the appreciation and understanding of Puerto Rico's traditional music and dance.
Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance
Old Town, ME
To support an apprenticeship program for master Native American basketmakers to teach ash and sweetgrass basketry traditions. Apprentices will meet weekly with master artists and learn to select and prepare material; their work will be showcased at an annual festival.
Mainstreet Uptown Butte, Inc.
To support the First Peoples' Gathering component of the Montana Folk Festival. The gathering will provide a prominent place for Native American artists from across Montana and the Intermountain West to highlight their culture and heritage through the presentation of traditional music and dance, as well as traditional and contemporary visual arts.
Michigan State University (on behalf of Michigan State Unversity Museum)
East Lansing, MI
To support two components of the Michigan Traditional Arts Program, as well as infrastructure support for key staff. The Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and Michigan Heritage Awards both directly support folk artists and their work in the state.
Mind-Builders Creative Arts Co. (Consortium)
To support training for students in basic folklore research, documentation, and presentation. In collaboration with Community Works, students will receive training to study artists and traditions found in their families, neighborhood, and the borough of the Bronx, with an emphasis on how communities present themselves through dress, hair-styles, and adornment, and how such community expressions relate to the music and dance of the communities.
National Council for the Traditional Arts (aka NCTA) (Consortium)
Silver Spring, MD
To support Don't Fence Me In: Songs, Music and Poetry of the American West, a tour celebrating the musical and oral culture of today's West. In collaboration with California Presenters, Inc., the project will present concerts and educational outreach activities featuring cowboy songs, poetry, Texas-Mexican music, and Native American drumming and singing.
Nebraska Folklife Network, Inc.
To support the state's folk and traditional arts program, and a professional folk arts position. Programs include a fall mini-festival featuring folk performances; a redesign of the Nebraska Folklife Network website; and artist residencies and demonstrations.
Nego Gato, Inc. (aka Nego Gato Afro-Brazilian Music and Dance)
To support From Kongo to Brazil: A Living History, a project that traces the connections between culture of the Congo and Afro Brazilian culture. Master artists, including NEA National Heritage Fellow João Grande, will lead lecture/workshops in Congolese and Brazilian drumming and dance.
New York Folklore Society, Inc.
To support a full-time folklorist position. The folklorist will provide field research and ethnographic assistance to community based, not-for-profit organizations, as well as professional development services and technical support to folk artists and organizations.
North Carolina Folklife Institute
To support several folklife programs, as well as professional and administrative folk arts positions. Programs include field research and documentation for the institute's Statewide Heritage Initiative, archive upgrades, website development, and a traditional artist directory.
North Carolina Folklife Institute (Consortium)
To support the Community Folklife Documentation Institute, which provides instruction in fieldwork techniques and digital documentation to counties that are presenting traditional artists for inclusion in the African American Music Heritage Trail. In partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council, NCFI will use documented projects as web presentations and exhibitions to attract tourists and local audiences.
Northern Michigan University (on behalf of Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center)
To support the 2011 Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival, a two-day event featuring concerts, workshops and demonstrations of folk and traditional arts from throughout the Upper Peninsula. The festival will include tradition bearers from most of the cultural and ethnic groups that populate the region, including French-Canadian, Italian, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Croatian, Cornish, German, English, and Irish, as well as musicians from throughout the U.S.
Northwest Heritage Resources (Consortium)
Lake Forest Park, WA
To support Building New Audiences for Traditional Arts in Washington's Underserved Communities. In collaboration with the Ethnic Heritage Council, the project will expand traditional arts presentations (concerts, workshops, and artist demonstrations) in state parks to include parts of the state that are not currently reached by such programs.
Oklahoma Historical Society
Oklahoma City, OK
To support the Oklahoma Historical Society's ongoing documentation and presentation of Oklahoma folklife. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Folklife Council, the project will focus on documenting the musical traditions of northeastern Oklahoma, and will produce articles, concerts, and a museum exhibit.
Philadelphia Folklore Project
To support technical assistance workshops, exhibitions, and public salons. The project will encourage development and growth of traditional artists, while building skills among community members in documenting and sustaining local folk arts.
PineCone - The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, Inc. (Consortium)
To support the production of the documentary film A Singing Stream II: A Black Family Chronicle Continues. In partnership with Folkstreams, PineCone's sequel will explore the changes in the lives of a musical family and their community in the 25 years since the first film appeared.
To support a concert featuring traditional Japanese performing arts. In addition to performances by the taiko ensemble, the concert will include traditional Japanese dance (nihon buyo) and performances on the shakuhachi (traditional flute) and the koto (traditional Japanese stringed instrument).
Public Art Films, Inc.
New York, NY
To support Let's Get the Rhythm, a film chronicling hand clapping games. The film explores the folklore of children by documenting the hand clapping games of girls from three different backgrounds as they learn, share, and outgrow the games.
Radio Bilingüe, Inc. (Consortium)
To support broadcasts featuring traditional music from Colombia at the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. In collaboration with radio station KPOO-FM, San Francisco, Radio Bilingüe will produce and broadcast two one-hour live and tape delayed programs including panel discussions with artists, as well as eight one-hour programs featuring a combination of musical concerts and artist interviews.
Sones de México Ensemble
To support the production, broadcast, and podcast of La Hora del Son, a weekly radio program series featuring Mexican folk and traditional music. The 30, hour-long, radio programs will be syndicated and broadcast in Spanish and English over several radio stations and will feature live and recorded music, informed commentary, and artist interviews.
Texas Folklife Resources (Consortium)
To support A Place at the Table, the second year of a three-year project researching and documenting traditional food in 29 West Texas counties. In collaboration with the Texas Commission on the Arts, the project will use traditional cuisine and the customs surrounding ritual dining as the entry point into the dynamic and diverse cultural communities of Texas.
University of Oregon
To support the Oregon Folklife Network's research and public programming. The project will reestablish the traditional arts apprenticeship program, develop an interactive map that locates and identifies folk artists, and improve the Oregon Folklife Network's website, making Oregon's Folk Arts Archives accessible to the public.
University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
To support the South Texas Plains Folklife Documentation Project. The project will plan and carry out a fieldwork project to identify, document, and present folk artists at the Texas Folklife Festival and in a museum exhibit.
University of Washington
To support a series of programs that will present the traditional arts of Washington's Coast Salish people. These programs will include a festival, a regional art guide, video documentaries, and art resources on the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture's (University of Washington) website.
University of Wisconsin at Madison (on behalf of Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Culture)
To support the Wisconsin Public Folk Arts & Folklife Showcase, a project by the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Culture. Online exhibits and interactive tours will feature the folk arts of Wisconsin.
Utah State University (on behalf of Mountain West Center for Regional Studies)
To support a folklorist position at Utah State University. The folklorist will document the traditional arts of the increasingly diverse population of the region and develop public programs to increase understanding among the various ethnic, occupational, religious, and other groups.
Los Angeles, CA
To support An Evening of Kwun and Yueju Chinese Opera, performances of Chinese opera which will demonstrate two Chinese operatic traditions. The project will feature scenes from China's most famous classical operas, The Peony Pavilion, in the Kwun Style, and The Butterfly Lovers, in the Yueju style, which will be preceded by lectures orienting the audience to the history and presentation style of Chinese Opera.
To support the Richmond Folk Festival. Designed to capitalize on the success of the National Folk Festival's three-year run in Richmond, the project will present a variety of American traditions in a broad array of music and dance performances, narrative stages, craft exhibits and demonstrations, and regional and ethnic foods. Several traditional artists from the festival will visit local schools for educational performances.
Vermont Folklife Center
To support the "New Neighbors Music Project, a compilation of audio recordings of musicians from Vermont's refugee communities. This project will produce a compilation of recordings and make them available via download and compact disc; develop companion materials for classroom instruction; organize and host teacher workshops to introduce these materials; create an accompanying website; offer technical assistance to musicians who wish to make classroom presentations; and advise select musicians in preparing to perform for non-refugee audiences.
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy
To support the Folklife Apprenticeship Program, including a public exhibit, documentation, and a radio program. The shared work of the apprenticeship team is presented at the annual Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase.
Ward Foundation, Inc. (aka Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art)
To support an apprenticeship program. Master decoy makers will teach aspiring carvers to make a functional hunting decoy. The resulting works will be judged at the 2011 Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo, and master carvers will participate in a symposium.
Washington State Historical Society
To support In the Spirit: Contemporary Northwest Native Arts Exhibit. The project will feature traditional artists from across the state who will display their work, demonstrate their skills, and conduct gallery tours in the museum. A performance area will allow Native artists to share storytelling, drumming, dancing, and song.
World Music Institute, Inc. (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support a national tour of ensembles performing traditional music and dance from India, Turkey, and the Commoros Islands of Africa. In collaboration with World Music, Inc., the project will support tours and provide educational material for Rhythm of Rajasthan, musicians and dancers from India's Great Thar desert; Turkish musician Mustafa Ozarslan; and the music and dance of Deba: Women of Mayotte, a vocal ensemble from an island in the Mozambique Channel.
To support the documentation of traditional Yaqui crafts found in Rio Yaqui, Sonora, Mexico. Sonora Yaqui will work with the Yaqui of Arizona to preserve traditional crafts through video documentation and workshops.
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