2002 Grant Awards: Challenge America Arts Access Grants
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change,
contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
African American Dance Ensemble, Inc. (consortium)
To support a series of community residencies. The project will
include a variety of activities and a performance. Consortium
members include the Ashe County Arts Council, the Southeast Center
for Contemporary Art, St. John's Museum of Art, the Arts Council of
Wilson, the United Arts Council of Raleigh and the YMI Cultural
Caribbean Dance Company of the Virgin Islands, Inc.
St. Croix, VI
To support the 2002 Caribbean Dance Axis. The project will provide
performances for public daycare centers, elementary schools,
universities, school parents and senior citizens.
Dance Alive!, Inc.
To support expansion of touring in rural and underserved areas in
Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana. The dance programs will
include work by resident choreographers, George Balanchine, and
commissioned work by contemporary choreographers.
Eugene Ballet Company
To support regional rural touring in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and
Washington. The tour will consist of performances and outreach
programs and will reach rural communities.
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Inc.
To support the presentation of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in rural,
upstate New York. The open rehearsal, evening performance, and
lecture demonstration will be targeted to low-income rural and
urban participants, particularly at-risk children and youth.
City of Chicago, Illinois
(on behalf of Mayor's Office of Special Events)
To support the Arts for Great Chicago Places and Spaces: A
Celebration of Chicago Architecture. The Mayor's Office of Special
Events in Chicago initiated an architecture festival in 1999 that
provides more than 100 free architectural and design tours to more
than 5,000 Chicagoans and visitors over two days.
City University of New York City College (consortium)
New York, NY
To support a strategic planning process for the Harlem Heights
Heritage Area, including pilot sites, cultural tourism, educational
programming and economic revitalization. City College Architectural
Center has been assisting the West Harlem Art Fund with efforts to
establish a New York State Heritage Area in northern Manhattan.
Cornerstones Community Partnerships
Santa Fe, NM
To support the creation of a virtual 3-D architectural model and a
native language retention project for the San Esteban del Ray
Mission and mesa. Currently 500,000 people annually visit the
mission and mesa and the virtual model and associated historical
documentation will allow even larger audience access via the
FOLK & TRADITIONAL ARTS
Ballet Folklorico Ollin, Inc. (on behalf of Mariachi
Panorama City, CA
To support a tour of Fiesta Navidad to the rural San Joaquin,
Antelope and Imperial Valleys of California. Fiesta Navidad is a
concert of mariachi music and folklorico dancing that tells the
Christmas story of La Posada, a Mexican tradition marking the
journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem.
Eastern Maine Development Corporation (consortium)
To support the National Folk Festival. The festival will connect
cultural groups to their own heritage while providing rural Maine
with access to high quality performances and material culture.
Consortium members include the National Council for the Traditional
Arts and the Bangor Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
Evergreen State College
To support the traveling exhibition Hitemelkil'isix (Within the
Circle of the Rim), with an accompanying catalogue. The
exhibition will showcase artwork of the first U. S.-based Gathering
of Indigenous Visual Artists of the Pacific Rim.
Fresno Arts Council (consortium)
To support production of a full color quarterly publication
entitled Living Cultures: A Magazine of California Arts &
Community. Each issue will contain an events calendar
highlighting traditional arts events, including the California
Indian Basketweavers annual gathering, and ethnic celebrations such
as the Hmong New Year.
KanKouran West African Dance Company
To support the 19th Annual Labor Day Conference and Concert. The
project involves five days of West African dancing, drumming and
cultural art workshops concluding with a self-produced concert.
Montana Committee for the Humanities
To support the third annual Montana Festival of the Book in
September 2002. More than 100 regional authors will read and
discuss their work at selected venues in downtown Missoula,
reaching an estimated audience of up to 5,000.
National Book Foundation, Inc.
New York, NY
To support literary outreach programs that link National Book Award
authors with underserved communities throughout the country.
Programs include American Voices, which brings writers to American
Indian reservations nationwide, and a Summer Writing Camp for
inner-city teens and adults.
Poets & Writers, Inc. (consortium)
New York, NY
To support Carried Voices: Writers & Books in the West, a
program to increase access to established writers in rural
communities throughout Washington, Oregon and Montana. The program
will develop a new model for writers' residencies and more
effectively link publishers, presenters and audiences outside of
major urban centers. Consortium members include the Western States
Arts Federation, Mountain Writers Center (Portland, OR), The
Writers Voice of the Billings, Montana Family YMCA, and the
Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library.
Texas A&M Research Foundation
College Station, TX
To support Writing the Self and Community, a series of public
readings and writing workshops organized by the journal
Callaloo to be held at historically black colleges and
universities around the country. Writers will visit Morehouse
College in Atlanta, GA; Xavier University in New Orleans, LA; Fisk
University in Nashville, TN; and Morgan State University in
LOCAL ARTS AGENCIES
Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies
To support the Rural Initiative. The project will develop arts
programs in rural communities and provide services to isolated
artists through an on-line artist directory, a rural touring
roster, and technical assistance.
Scottsdale Cultural Council
To support an artist residency program in the Salt River and Gila
River Pima/Maricopa Indian communities. The residency program will
provide an opportunity for local and national artists to work with
tribal children in elementary and secondary schools.
Downtown Community Television Center, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the CyberStudio for the Arts Residency Program and Video
Training Workshops Program. Downtown Community Television is
devoted to making technologically sophisticated media available to
underserved communities by providing a range of courses.
Jack Straw Memorial Foundation (consortium)
To support the Blind Youth and Adult Audio Project. With Arts and
Visually Impaired Audiences, the series of workshops introduces
visually impaired people to the creative possibilities and latest
techniques of audio production while they design their own radio
L.A. Theatre Works
To support the distribution of two audio plays to 2,500 underserved
public secondary schools and 700 public libraries, including those
for the blind or visually impaired. In addition, L.A. Theatre Works
will provide the organizations with promotional materials to
augment the collection.
New Orleans Video Access Center, Inc.
New Orleans, LA
To support the provision of workshops and production equipment for
media artists and students. The New Orleans Video Access Center
offers, at greatly reduced rates, access to training and
sophisticated production facilities for artists to create new
Alternate ROOTS, Inc.
To support networking, communication and audience development
programs. The project will provide services that will enable
geographically isolated artists and presenters to reach broader
Pat Graney Performance, Inc.
To support the national expansion of Keeping the Faith - the Prison
Project. Through this residency program, artists in three U.S.
cities will be trained to create their own arts programming in
Sheboygan Arts Foundation, Inc.
(on behalf of John Michael Kohler Arts Center)
To support Connecting Communities. This series of five
community-based residencies will facilitate collaborations between
visual and performing artists and the Hmong and Hispanic
communities, youth at-risk, industrial employees, and elderly
audiences from Sheboygan County.
VSA arts of Washington
To support the Cultural Access Project of Washington State. The
project will serve people with disabilities by assisting in the
evaluation and education of arts organizations that seek to
incorporate access into all facets of their facilities and
Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center, Inc.
To support the expansion of the artist residency and workshop
program. Up to ten recognized community teaching artists and local
artists will work with underserved city residents.
Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc.
To support the Literacy Through Art (LTA) program. LTA delivers art
programs to students in the Appalachian region of North Carolina
including lessons led by visual and performing artists and visits
to the Asheville Art Museum.
Mid-America Arts Alliance (on behalf of
Kansas City, MO
To support the tour of the exhibition Whispers from the Walls:
The Art of Whitfield Lovell. ExhibitsUSA will develop
educational and programming materials to accompany the exhibition
as well as provide lecture and shipping subsidies to assist
Museum of Photographic Arts
San Diego, CA
To support the Regeneration Project, a 16-week collaborative
creative process involving senior citizens and local artists.
Working with professional photographers, actors, composers,
designers and arts educators, the seniors participating in the
project will experiment with a variety of artistic processes to
write, direct and present a multimedia performance piece.
Northwestern Michigan College (consortium)
(on behalf of Dennos Museum Center)
Traverse City, MI
To support a touring exhibition of European Old Master paintings
from the Detroit Institute of Arts, with accompanying catalogue and
education programs. The exhibition will feature 35 outstanding
examples of Dutch, Flemish, French, Italian and British paintings
from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Texas Fine Arts Association
To support Art on Tour, a statewide traveling exhibition program
with accompanying catalogues and lectures. The program circulates
exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and mid career American
artists to small museums and university and community galleries
throughout Texas, many in rural, culturally underserved
University of Oregon (on behalf of Museum of Art)
To support the Art Access Program in partnership with the Lane Arts
Council. The project is to disseminate art and cultural instruction
to students who have limited exposure to the arts due to geographic
and financial constraints.
Arcady Music Society
Bar Harbor, ME
To support a rural tour by musicians of the Arcady Summer Music
Festival. Chamber ensembles together with other musicians will
travel to six underserved communities of Maine. During each of the
six weeks of the summer festival, artists will tour to a different
rural community in inland Maine.
Meet The Composer, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the Composer Connections Initiative designed to increase
the impact contemporary music has on listeners. The components of
the initiative, the Meet the Composer Fund and New Residencies,
embrace complementary approaches to cultivating relationships
between composers and communities.
Minnesota Orchestral Association (consortium)
To support a statewide tour of concerts and educational activities.
In addition to concerts, the seven-day tour in April 2003 to five
cities in Minnesota will include community and school-based
workshops. Consortium member is the Perpich Center for Arts
Nashville Symphony Association
To support outreach concerts to rural areas of middle Tennessee and
southern Kentucky. The Nashville Symphony, in partnership with
local community organizations, will tour to diverse and underserved
Omaha Symphony Association
To support a statewide tour targeting rural populations. The tour
to more than 13 communities will also include educational
activities for preschool through high school students at five of
Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc.
(on behalf of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)
To support an educational and community partnership initiative. The
components of the initiative include a four-day music institute for
talented young musicians and a statewide tour to rural
Deaf West Theatre Company, Inc.
North Hollywood, CA
To support the tour and production of professional deaf theater for
new audiences in New York City. Deaf West Theatre Company will
identify and secure a venue in New York to co-produce the musical
production of Oliver! in American Sign Language.
Mad River Theater Works
West Liberty, OH
To support the creation of a new play in collaboration with
students and their families, school teachers, administrators, and
members of the public and a tour of the production throughout Ohio
and surrounding states. Participants will collaborate to create
plays based on local history and folklore.
Paper Mill Playhouse
To support the Access Program for the Disabled. To ensure that all
individuals may benefit from the performing arts, Paper Mill
Playhouse has designed a program that includes services for the
deaf and hearing impaired, and barrier-free access for the
Society of the Educational Arts, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the New York productions and tour to Puerto Rico of
children's theater in Spanish with accompanying workshops. Sociedad
Educativa de las Artes' programs and performances preserve Latin
American arts and culture through presentation of a repertory of
Latin American children's classics and folk tales.
New York, NY
To support a tour of productions to western states and Washington,
DC. Theatreworks/USA will tour Ferdinand the Bull, Island
of the Blue Dolphins, and Freedom Train to over 280,000
young people and families in seven western states and Washington,
DC during its 2002-03 season.
Anchorage Opera Company
To support the Anchorage Opera Studio Theatre, a statewide touring
young artist program to rural Alaskan schools and communities. In
its third year in 2002-03, the program will provide development of
young professional opera artists and expansion of the company's
education and outreach activities to underserved communities
including Alaska Native populations in Barrow, Kotzebue, Nome,
Valdez and the Kenai Peninsula.
Houston Grand Opera Association, Inc.
To support the seventh year of the Community Connections
Initiative. This model initiative demonstrates unique methods for
developing new audiences for opera and will include free
performances of a work by Puccini performed on the Multimedia
Modular Stage at Houston's Miller Outdoor Theatre.
New Cleveland Opera Company
To support the Intergenerational Initiative. Using the company's
core K-12 programs as a model, the initiative will reach an
estimated 21,000 underserved persons.
To support a young audience performance of Mozart's Cosi fan
tutte and a touring scenes program. During the summer of 2002 a
fully-staged and orchestrated matinee performance of the opera will
be performed for youth and adults, and opera scenes will be toured
to four different venues reaching youth in 18 school districts, and
adults in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Seattle International Children's Festival
To support expansion of education and outreach programs. The
Children's Festival will increase the number of educational
activities in schools, programs for the general public, and
satellite festival sites throughout Washington State.
Arkansas Repertory Theatre Company
Little Rock, AR
To support the presentation of free outdoor performances of a
Shakespeare play. The production of The Tempest will be
presented in state parks throughout the summer of 2002.
Big Apple Circus, Ltd.
New York, NY
To support the Clown Care Unit program in which professional clown
performers make bedside visits to hospitalized children around the
country. Using juggling, mime, magic and music, Big Apple Circus
clowns use classical circus arts to bring humor to acutely and
chronically ill children and their parents.
Dallas Theater Center
To support a theater touring program to serve audiences limited by
disabilities, economic, cultural and/or educational constraints.
Dallas Theater Center will tour an adaptation of Sophocles' tragedy
Antigone to regional schools with underserved populations,
juvenile detention centers, halfway houses and other community
Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theater, Inc.
To support a multistate tour of plays for young audiences.
Performances will feature a variety of performance styles including
mime, mask and shadow puppets and will tour to performing arts
centers, schools and museums.
Pasadena Playhouse State Theatre of California, Inc.
To support an audience development initiative through increased
access opportunities for deaf and hearing impaired, and low-income
individuals. The program will include signed performances,
audio-described performances for the blind and visually impaired,
and pay-what-you-can opportunities for individuals with limited
Spanish Theatre Repertory Co.
New York, NY
To support Teatro Acceso, a tour of theater works to students from
underserved schools and Latino communities with limited access to
the arts throughout the New York metropolitan, tri-state area, and
the northeastern United States. Spanish Theatre Repertory Company
will implement grassroots promotional efforts to reach the
Art Resources Transfer, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the Distribution to Underserved Communities Program. The
project will offer books, museum catalogues, videos and other
material about contemporary art free to libraries across the nation
with a special emphasis on rural and inner-city libraries.
Asian American Arts Centre, Inc.
New York, NY
To support an intergenerational public art project, Stories of
Chinatown, in an underserved community. Organized in collaboration
with Elders Share the Arts, the program will bring Chinatown
seniors together with high school youth to create artwork that will
present the untold stories of this aging immigrant population in a
permanent ceramic tile installation.
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