FY 2005 Grant Awards:
Access to Artistic Excellence II
Dance | Design | Folk & Traditional Arts | Literature | Local
Media Arts | Multidisciplinary | Museums | Music | Musical Theater
Presenting | Theater | Visual Arts
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
FOLK & TRADITIONAL ARTS
Alabama Folklife Association, Inc.
To support the Archive of Alabama Folk Culture project and related costs. The project is designed to preserve and make accessible Alabama-related materials collected by state folklorists, private researchers, and the general population.
Alliance for California Traditional Arts
To support the Connecting California project and related costs. The project will provide information about traditional artists, activities, and resources state-wide via the New Moon e-newsletter and a Web site including an online artist directory, virtual exhibitions, and a traditional music portal.
American Folklore Society
To support a documentary of public sector folklorists Bess Lomax Hawes, Alan Jabbour, Archie Green, and the late Ralph Rinzler. The DVD will focus on public sector folk arts programs at the federal level.
Appalshop, Inc. (on behalf of WMMT-FM)
The support a survey of traditional Appalachian folk artists, conferences, gatherings, and a series of concerts. The project will strengthen the community by ensuring that traditional music remains a living part of the culture and an important part of the economy.
Arts Center of Cannon County
To support the preservation and distribution of the Davis Unlimited Catalogue. The recording catalogue will be remastered and offer 15 CDs of traditional Southern musical forms encompassing old-time instrumentals, gospel, and vernacular singing.
Asian Americans United, Inc.
To support the annual Mid-Autumn Festival. The traditional lunar festival will feature master artists in martial arts, Chinese opera, traditional music, and dance, as well as performances by youth and community members.
Association for Cultural Equity (Alan Lomax Collection)
New York, NY
To support preservation of the Performance Style and Culture Collection of the Alan Lomax Archive. The collection comprises paper, computer, and audio files and elucidates the methods that the esteemed folklorist and his colleagues developed to compare the music, dance, and speech patterns of vastly different cultures.
Barnegat Bay Decoy and Baymen's Museum
To support the Tuckerton Seaport Artist in Residence program. The project will include a series of demonstrations and workshops in boat building, decoy carving, and basketmaking.
Bayou Civic Club, Inc. (Larose Regional Park and Civic Center)
To support fieldwork and programming in the Bayou Lafourche region. Activities will include technical assistance, exhibits documenting Native American and Cajun French traditions, and folklore in after-school programs.
Black Leadership Council for Excellence
Bryans Road, MD
To support the Celebrations series of festivals and concerts. Major components of the event will be the Festival of the Americas, the Asian and Pacific Island Festival, and the Juneteenth Festival of African American Cultures.
Borenya West African Drum and Dance
To support the Guinea/Sea Island Cultural Tour. The project will consist of a series of workshops in West African drumming, dancing, singing, storytelling, and basketmaking for K-12 youth.
Bowery Arts and Science
New York, NY
To support A Passion for Poetry. The project will support fieldwork in, and presentations of, poetry traditions from Iran, Egypt, Basque cultures, and West Africa.
Boys & Girls Harbor, Inc. (on behalf of Harbor Conservatory)
New York, NY
To support the preservation and digitization of paper media found in the Raices Collection of the Harbor Conservatory. The collection includes 1,600 rare books, posters, album covers, manuscripts, and periodicals that are rapidly deteriorating.
Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc.
To support Folk Feet III: Celebrating Traditional Dance in Brooklyn. The festival will include concerts and workshops, and will feature both dance groups and individuals presenting community-based dance forms.
California Indian Storytelling Association
To support the Storytelling Festivals 2005/06: Building Cultural Bridges--Continuing the Dialogue. The forums will bring together storytellers from California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Oregon.
Cambodian American Heritage, Inc.
Fort Washington, MD
To support instruction in Cambodian classical and folk dances. The project will culminate with a concert in observance of the Cambodian New Year.
Center for the Development of Social Responsibility
To support completion costs for a video documentary titled Unrecognized Players and Makers of the Banjo. The video will emphasize the African American roots of the banjo, and will feature Dink Roberts, John Snipes, Odell Thompson, fiddler Joe Thompson, John Jackson, and many more.
Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Inc.
New York, NY
To support continuation of the Community Cultural Initiative (CCI). The project is designed to contribute to the efforts of the Mexican, Peruvian, and Chinese communities to manage their music and dance traditions.
Chhandam Chitresh Das Dance Company
San Francisco, CA
To support solo performances of Kathak, an endangered classical dance of North India. The art form requires knowledge and understanding of complex rhythmic patterns that are spontaneously produced through footwork, recitation, and movement that harmonize completely with the percussionist.
Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco (consortium)
San Francisco, CA
To support a consortium project, The Cantonese Opera Heritage Project. A partnership with the Chinese Performing Arts Foundation, the project will include a series of lectures, workshops, and exhibitions designed to raise awareness of the prominent role Cantonese opera has played in San Francisco over the past 150 years.
City Lore, Inc. (on behalf of Trova, Inc.)
New York, NY
To support the 7th International Troubadour Celebration. Trovadores, improvisatory singer-poets, will perform Puerto Rico's traditional jibaro music.
City Lore, Inc. (on behalf of National Network for Folk Arts in Education)
New York, NY
To support a national folk arts-in-education initiative to foster the inclusion of folk arts as a basic element of K-12 arts education. The effort will integrate folk arts and artists into school curricula by connecting educators and students to folklorists, folk artists, and folk arts materials and training.
Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma
To support the documentation of oral traditions of the Comanche people of southwest Oklahoma. The information will become the foundation for archival collections at the new Comanche Nation Museum and Cultural Center.
Concerned Citizens of Tillery
To support a video documentary titled Over the Farm. The video will document the stories, family histories, and artistic traditions of African Americans in the New Deal Resettlement Community of Tillery, North Carolina.
Cultural Crossroads, Inc.
Baton Rouge, LA
To support post-production costs for a video documentary titled Rockin' for a Risen Savior: The Louisiana Easter Rock. The video will take viewers beyond the familiar folk church ritual and will show how a variety of traditional songs, singing styles, and religious dances convey, echo, and nurture the African American community.
Cultural Resources, Inc.
To support a traveling exhibition and ethnographic marketing workbook for Tuscarora beadworkers and Akwesasne basketmakers. The purpose of the project is to develop a wider market, and increase public awareness of traditional artists and art forms.
Curators of the University of Missouri at Columbia
To support the Missouri Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. The project will bring together masters and apprentices who are committed to conserving their artistic traditions and cultural heritage.
Davis & Elkins College (Augusta Heritage Center)
To support the Traditional Arts Program. Activities will include the West Virginia Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program, the Youth Scholarship Program and the Old-Time Fiddler's Reunion.
Delta Blues Education Fund
To support the Delta Blues Education Program. Student-apprentices will learn the Delta blues tradition directly from master blues musician Johnnie "Mr. Johnnie" Billington and graduate students from his training program.
Documentary Arts, Inc.
To support an updated version of the Masters of Traditional Arts DVD. The project will focus on more than 350 NEA National Heritage Fellows who have mastered culturally diverse artistic styles and who represent a vast scope of ethnic, tribal, religious, and regional traditions.
Film Arts Foundation (on behalf of Sageland Media)
San Francisco, CA
To support a film titled No Mouse Music! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records. The project will explore the vernacular music Strachwitz brought to the attention of middle America via recordings of Cajun, Zydeco, country, blues, klezmer, old-time tunes, and Tex-Mex.
Floricanto Dance Theatre
To support a touring concert titled Fandango Without Borders. The project will include musicians, dancers, singers, and poets celebrating the son jarocho, an improvisational music and dance form from Veracruz, Mexico.
Fund for Boston Neighborhoods, Inc. (on behalf of Mayor's Office of Arts. Tourism and Special Events)
To support the folk and traditional arts component of the Boston Arts Festival. The project will consist of day-long performances from artists such as the Roma Band, Chinese Lion dancers, Trinidadian costume makers, and craft demonstrations such as Gullah basketmaking, Vietnamese dressmaking, and Tibetan thangka painting.
Guam Humanities Council (on behalf of Gef Pago)
To support the Gef Pa'go Project for middle school students. The project will preserve and promote traditional Guamanian culture through dance, crafts, and folkways activities.
Hmong American Institute for Learning (consortium)
St. Paul, MN
To support the Hmong Storytelling Project, a consortium project. A partnership with the Hmong Cultural Center, the project will include video documentation of marriage and funeral rites, interviews with a folk artist who will share his knowledge about Hmong marriage and funeral traditions, and creation of a study guide.
Indiana University (on behalf of Traditional Arts Indiana)
To support the Statewide Traditional Arts Resources and Training (START) program. The project will identify tradition-bearers, and develop a network of community specialists that support the ongoing identification and presentation of traditional artists throughout the state.
Institute for Community Research, Inc. (consortium)
To support expansion of the Lao Saturday School, a consortium project. A collaboration with the Lao Association of Connecticut, the project will include a series of classes for elementary, middle, and high school students in traditional Lao social dance, verbal arts, Lao cultural history, and khene instrument playing.
Institute for Community Research, Inc.
To support the eighth year of the Southern New England Apprenticeship project. The project brings together master artists and apprentices from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
Institute for Cultural Partnerships
To support workshops focused on the integration of refugee and immigrant artists in regional and national arts programming. Workshops and the publication will target community organizations and arts administrators.
Kalihi-Palama Culture & Arts Society, Inc.
To support training for neighborhood youth in traditional and contemporary art. Classes include Hawaiian, Polynesian, Okinawan, Filipino, and Samoan dance, Samoan crafts, and ceramics.
Karuk Tribe of California
Happy Camp, CA
To support an artist-in-residence program and basketweaver gatherings. The project is designed to encourage basketweaving among the Karuk people, to both generate income and increase public awareness of Native American traditional arts.
Kunqu Society, Inc.
To support lecture-demonstrations and a performance in the art of Kunqu. The project will raise awareness of Kunqu, a form of traditional Chinese theatre proclaimed by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.
La Troupe Makandal, Inc. (consortium)
To support Krik! Krak!, a consortium project. A collaboration with the Tonel Lakay Dance Theatre, the project will consist of instruction in Haitian music and dance.
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center
San Pablo, CA
To support the Community Heritage Project. The project is a multigenerational, multidisciplinary, and multifaceted program of arts training in traditional Mexican music and dance.
Los Pleneros de la 21, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the Puerto Rican Music Project. Components will include a Touring and Residency Project, Bomba and Plena Community Workshops, An Evening with the Masters, and a Fiesta de Cruz.
Los Reyes de Albuquerque Foundation
To support and perpetuate nuevomexicano folk traditions and to present performances of the Entriega de los Novios. Nuevomexicano presentations will be held at child day-care centers, senior and nursing centers, and meal sites for the homeless, while the Entriega de los Novios will be presented at local middle and high schools.
Panorama City, CA
To support the Bolivian Festival of Southern California. The event will showcase various forms of folk dance originating from several regions in Bolivia.
Maine Acadian Heritage Council
To support a bilingual CD and guidebook for an international cultural heritage trail. The project will celebrate traditions, cultural sites, and landscapes of the Saint John Valley where the Saint John River forms an international boundary between northern Maine and Canada.
Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, Inc.
Old Town, ME
To support the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. The project will support master basketmakers and apprentices in the ancient traditions of ash and sweetgrass basketry among the Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot tribes in Maine.
Music From China, Inc. (consortium)
New York, NY
To support the Music from China Festival, a consortium project. A collaboration with Seton Hall University, the project will include a series of public concerts, lecture-demonstrations, and a music training program targeting children and youth.
National Council for the Traditional Arts
Silver Spring, MD
To support an urban and rural festival, a Masters of Caribbean Music tour on the West Coast, and a series of outdoor concerts in an underserved region of Appalachia. The project honors folk, tribal, and ethnic communities across the nation by developing audiences and giving national exposure to folk artists.
Nego Gato, Inc.
To support the 2nd International Capoeira Intensive. The project will feature master Capoeira artists Boa Gente, Pele do Tonel, and Moa Katende.
North Carolina Folklife Institute
To support a directory of folk and traditional artists in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area of western North Carolina. The directory will provide access to artists who are outstanding representatives of the region's traditional culture, and educate residents and visitors about the region's traditional art forms.
Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association
To support the 2005 Annual Gathering of Basketweavers. The project offers an opportunity for indigenous weavers to showcase and sell their basketry, share techniques with one another and the general public, and teach Native youth about the cultural significance of basketweaving.
To support the 2005 ODUNDE Festival. ODUNDE is the oldest African American community festival in Philadelphia, annually featuring local and international African American dancers, musicians, and performers.
Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
To support a special music series featuring the lives and stories of Chicaog's Latino musicians and a complete catalog of La Pena's past shows.
Oregon Historical Society
To support a survey to identify and document Oregon's Native American folk and traditional artists and art forms. The project will provide valuable training to tribal members in documentation methods using modern technology to preserve cultural knowledge.
Penobscot Marine Museum
To support the construction of an 18-foot birch bark canoe. The canoe will be a part of the Museum's summer exhibition commemorating the 400th anniversary of George Waymouth's voyage to Penobscot Bay.
Philadelphia Folklore Project
To support the Folk Arts House project. The project will support technical assistance workshops for traditional artists, grassroots groups, and artist-run programs featuring local folk and traditional artists in exhibitions, performances, and workshops.
Radio Bilingüe, Inc. (consortium)
To support Radio Bilingüe's Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a consortium project. A collaboration with WRTU-FM Radio Universidad de Puerto Rico, the project will bring the festival and its artists to underserved, low-income Latino communities through more than 60 affiliates across the United States and Mexico, and on the Web.
Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, Inc.
To support the folk arts program and related costs. The program is designed to work with arts and community organizations in the North Country region to produce traditional arts programming at their sites.
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy
To support the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program and related costs. The program will support apprenticeship teams, drawing from a diverse range of communities and involving a wide array of traditional arts and folkways.
Washington Chu Shan Chinese Opera Institute Inc.
Silver Spring, MD
To support Chinese opera excerpts along with pre-performance workshops and lectures. Chu Shan Opera plans to bring Chinese opera to the local Chinese American and general communities of Richmond, Virginia.
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
To support Latino Traditional Arts in the Park. The project will include a series of performances and craft demonstrations in state parks in close proximity to Latino communities.
Wisdom of the Elders, Incorporated
To support the First Annual Northwest Indian Storytellers Conference. The event will include a gathering of inter-tribal storytellers and apprentices from Washington and Oregon, cultural preservation recording sessions, public storytelling events hosted by local organizations, and a public salmon bake.
World Music Institute, Inc. (consortium)
New York, NY
To support a consortium project of touring concerts of traditional Dogon music and dance of Mali, aboriginal song and dance of Australia, and music and song of Venezuela. The project, in partnership with World Music, Inc., is designed to reach a broad audience for non-Western music and dance, and to serve immigrant communities whose music is being presented, as well as descendants of "roots" communities.
National Endowment for the Arts · an independent federal agency
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20506