FY 2013 Grant Awards: Challenge America Fast-Track Grants
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
All grants are for $10,000.
Magic City Smooth Jazz
To support Jazz in the Park, a series of free concerts at Avondale Park. The concert series will include performances by jazz musicians Maduca, Jose Carr, Laser's Edge, the Shaun Pezant Trio, RAW Jazz Trio, T.A.D. of Jazz, and the Birmingham Heritage Band.
Marshall County Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Incorporated
To support Melodies and Musings - Our Appalachian Legacy. The dulcimer workshop will feature musicians Janita Baker, Rob Brereton, and Jeff Furman and vocalist Madeline MacNeil.
Red Mountain Theatre Company
To support the creation and performance of Birmingham - A Half-century Later: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The play, written by playwright Priscilla Hancock Cooper, includes an adaptation of Dr. King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."
Bunnell Street Gallery
To support Alaska AIR, an artist residency program. The program, featuring national visual and performing artists selected through a competitive application process, fosters the creation of new work and includes educational outreach activities such as workshops, artist talks, and performances in Homer and surrounding areas of South Central Alaska.
Fairbanks Concert Association
To support performances by the Good Lovelies, a Toronto-based vocal trio. The project includes public a performance in Fairbanks, performances for K-12 and high school students, and rural outreach performances in Healy and Delta Junction.
Homer Council on the Arts
To support performances and workshops featuring Quixotic, an ensemble of artists representing visual and performing arts disciplines. Project activities will include a public performance at the Mariner Theatre, as well as assemblies and workshops for youth from Homer and the Lower Kenai Peninsula.
Juneau Arts and Humanities Council
To support performances by Boston Brass and the Enso Quartet.
Juneau Symphony, Inc.
To support Motown music performances and related outreach activities with Spectrum, a vocal quartet. Outreach will include an open dress-rehearsal; complimentary tickets will be provided to K-12 students through the "Kids2Concert" program.
Santa Cruz Advocates for the Arts
To support the Charles Mingus Hometown Music Festival. The free music festival in tribute to Mingus will include performances by Charles McPherson and the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band, Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta, and others.
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc.
Little Rock, AR
To support performances and workshops featuring guest conductor Guillermo Figueroa. In addition to public performances during concerts held at the Robinson Center Music Hall, Figueroa will conduct workshops and a master class for high school and college students from throughout central Arkansas.
Chamber Music Society of Little Rock
Little Rock, AR
To support One Voice, a series of outreach programs featuring chamber ensemble Imani Winds. The ensemble will perform and conduct programs for secondary school and college students in Pulaski County, AR.
Crittenden Arts Council Inc
West Memphis, AR
To support a component of the Family Arts Series, Aesop Bops! featuring actor/storyteller David Gonzales. Aesop Bops! - featuring several of Aesop's classic stories including The Lion and the Mouse, The Fisherman and His Wife, and The Turtle's Shell - brings these stories to life using physical storytelling.
Fort Smith Symphony Association, Inc.
Fort Smith, AR
To support EARQUAKE!, an annual, free interactive concert series featuring violinist and pianist Andrew Chu, composer Miho Sasaki, and the Western Arkansas Ballet. The series, taking place in a rural area, will reach more than 3,000 students who will participate in outreach activities including workshops, instrument demonstrations, a lecture, and a music composition class taught by Sasaki.
Ozark Foothills Filmfest, Inc.
Locust Grove, AR
To support Ozark Foothills FilmFest, a rural festival that will showcase animation, independent film, narrative, and documentary films. Programs will also incorporate some post-screening question-and-answer sessions, including a panel about the specific obstacles faced by female directors.
3rd I South Asian Independent Film
San Francisco, CA
To support the South Asian International Film Festival. Held at San Francisco's Castro and Roxie Theaters, the 11th annual festival will include full-length features, documentaries, and short films by South Asian filmmakers from the United States, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Europe, and Canada, including filmmakers Ashim Ahluwalia and Sabiha Sumar.
API Cultural Center (aka Oakland Asian Cultural Center)
To support the Indo-China Ensemble's creation of a multidisciplinary piece incorporating South Indian classical (Carnatic) and Chinese music traditions. Featuring Prasant Radhakrishnan, a San Francisco-based Carnatic saxophonist; Wang Fei, a guqin (Chinese string instrument) artist; and Shriram Brahmanandam, a Carnatic percussionist, project activity will include performances and workshops in several Bay Area communities.
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
San Francisco, CA
To support an exhibition titled 75x75x75, featuring the work of Flo Oy Wong and co-curated by Pamela Wu Kochiyama and Darryl Smith. A contemporary artist who uses everyday items in her art works - such as cloth rice sacks, sequins, beads, and old suitcases - Wong creates works that speak of personal, family, community, cultural, and historical stories; the exhibition will be installed at San Francisco's Luggage Store Gallery.
California State University Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
To support the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center's presentation of the Kronos Quartet in a performance of their original work, The Sun Rings, with associated workshops and master classes. The Kronos Quartet will conduct a discussion on the creation of The Sun Rings, which was composed by Terry Riley in collaboration with scientists from NASA and includes sounds of the galaxy captured by NASA spacecraft.
Great Leap, Incorporated
Los Angeles, CA
To support Collabortory, a cross-disciplinary program culminating in a series of performances. Artists and community participants will create a collaborative theater piece exploring environmentalism.
Historical Museum Foundation of Sonoma County
Santa Rosa, CA
To support the creation of a large-scale mosaic sculpture in the museum's sculpture garden, led by artist Mario Uribe. Uribe will work with high school students, who will explore their communal roots and local environment by interviewing community leaders, developing project-related content for the museum's Web site and exhibition catalogue.
To support In the Name of Love, a musical tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The tribute will include the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the Oakland Children's Community Choir, as well as proposed guest artist duo Tuck & Patti and Roberta Flack.
Los Angeles Jazz Society
Van Nuys, CA
To support Jazz in Schools, an annual program providing free jazz education performances by professional musicians for economically disadvantaged students in public elementary schools throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District. Proposed artists include drummer and historian Washington Rucker, pianist Delbert Taylor, and Charles Owens, a saxophonist and composer.
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Inc.
To support a free blues and gospel concert featuring vocalist Faye Carol, with related outreach. Associated outreach activities will include workshops covering vocal technique, instrumental instruction, and performance techniques for choirs, vocalists, and the general public.
Oceanside Museum of Art
To support Artists@Work, a series of events that will turn the museum into an open studio environment featuring visual artists Ernest Silva, Ellen Salk, and Charles Arnoldi. Patrons will be encouraged to investigate, discuss, and participate while artists are creating original, commissioned work.
Piece by Piece
Los Angeles, CA
To support the Visiting Artist Series, offering mosaic-related arts education classes to economically disadvantaged audiences. The project includes a culminating public exhibit featuring the work of participants.
To support performances of The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Presented during the Playhouse Family Fun Series, the play will target youth living in this rural community.
Saint Joseph Ballet Company
Santa Ana, CA
To support Transforming Lives Through Dance. Guest choreographers will create work for and with low-income youth participants, culminating in four public performances.
San Bernardino Symphony Association
San Bernardino, CA
To support Classics Revisited, featuring violinist Lindsay Deutsch, with associated outreach activities. As many as 350 San Bernardino-area youth and their families will be invited to attend the concert at no charge and complimentary tickets will be given to 50 San Bernardino City Unified School District Honors Orchestra students and their parents.
San Diego Museum Council, Inc.
San Diego, CA
To support Kids Free in October, a cultural tourism initiative aimed at engaging children to explore more than 35 museums located throughout San Diego County. More than 4,500 children received free museum admission during the program's inaugural year in 2011.
To support the commission and performance of East/West - a dance, poetry, and media project about gang violence. Associated outreach activities will include poetry and dance workshops, providing economically disadvantaged youth with opportunities to use words and movement to communicate their experiences.
Street Symphony Project, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
To support the Street Symphony Los Angeles Veterans Concert Series, a series of free performances at clinics and not-for-profits serving low-income and homeless veterans. Proposed guest artists include musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, jazz guitarist Howard Alden, cellist Lynn Harrell, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and conductor Gustavo Dudamel.
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
Culver City, CA
To support a free jazz concert for economically disadvantaged students featuring multi-instrumentalist and composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, with related outreach. Outreach activities will include a series of master classes and workshops for youth.
Adams State College
To support the San Luis Valley Museum Mural Project. Led by artist Ian Wilkinson, the mural design will be created through an extensive community engagement process focused on two city youth groups and will be conducted in partnership with the San Luis Valley Museum, where the mural will be installed on an exterior wall.
Creede Repertory Theatre, Inc.
To support the Young Audience Outreach Tour (YAOT). The 2013 YAOT will provide professional children's theatrical performances for kindergarten through sixth-grade children in rural and underserved communities throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah.
Crestone Performances, Inc.
To support the Crestone Music Festival's Cultural Enrichment Initiative. Performances for audiences in the rural San Luis Valley by local, regional, national, and international musicians playing music from a variety of cultures and genres will be presented, including Malian singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré; Celtic band Solas; reggae artist Judy Mowatt; Portuguese singer, composer, guitarist, and percussionist Sara Tavaras; and conga player/singer Pedrito Martinez, among others.
Southeast Mental Health Services
La Junta, CO
To support the collaborative creation of a ceramic mural, involving residents in Lamar, Colorado, who will work with lead visual artist Catharine Magel. Located at the entrance to a new mental health center building, the mural will reflect the surrounding community by incorporating thematic references to Hispanic and Native American culture.
To support the Neruda Poetry Festival and Barrio Slam featuring Nicolas Valdez, a storyteller who utilizes music, spoken word, and theater. The multidisciplinary event includes literary arts, music performances, theater, and workshops geared toward musicians, slam poets, spoken word artists, and youth.
Artists Collective, Inc.
To support the presentation of the Houston-based Soul Street Dance Company in performance and workshops. Soul Street Dance, a five-member ensemble, performs different styles of street dance to varied music genres including a mix of hip-hop and classical.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
ARCH Development Corporation
To support Legacy: Jazz Artists Renowned and Unsung, an exhibition series featuring photography of internationally known jazz legends and local Washington, DC, jazz artists by photographers John Lawson and Antoine Sanfuentes. Project activity will also include accompanying jazz concerts featuring local jazz artists Nasar Abadey, Roger "Buck" Hill, Freddie Redd, and Edward "Butch" Warren.
Cultural Tourism DC, Inc.
To support Passport DC, a program that promotes access to artistic programming at Washington, DC, embassies for residents and visitors. From Australia to Zambia, the cultural tourism promotion highlights authentic art exhibits, dance and musical performances, lectures, and films presented at more than 75 embassies.
To support the Life Stories Outreach Program for Youth, offering dramatic arts, storytelling, and music education for male juvenile offenders in Maryland, culminating in a performance that will showcase the participants' accomplishments to a community of incarcerated youth and staff at the New Beginnings correctional facility located in Laurel, Maryland. Participants will explore the African and Caribbean percussive origins of Go-Go music with musician Matt "Swamp Guinea" Miller, who will teach juvenile offenders to use drumming to enhance their storytelling.
Artist Series of Tallahassee, Inc.
To support The Artist Series, featuring performances and associated outreach activities by the Jupiter String Quartet. The project will take the award-winning Jupiter String Quartet into several classrooms and venues throughout Tallahassee, Havana, Quincy, and Greensboro, FL, providing students and community members with interactive, hands-on experiences in contemporary classical music.
Center for Contemporary Dance
Winter Park, FL
To support performances of Moore Dance Project's Sacred Slave Stories, featuring narration by film actor Harry Burney and radio personality Monica May, as well as vocal performances by gospel choir Lane & Company. Featuring modern dance vignettes inspired by African American slave narratives originating from Florida, project activities will take place at the Osceola Performing Arts Center in Kissimmee, FL, and will serve underserved middle-school students from Osceola County Title I Public Schools.
Lake Worth, FL
To support the Juvenile Detention Center Interactive Arts Program, featuring vocalist and violinist Nicole Yarling. Yarling will perform at the Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center for youth who will also be given the opportunity to perform.
Miami Music Project, Inc.
To support the presentation of the Amernet String Quartet. The quartet will perform with the Miami Music Project Honors Orchestra and students enrolled in the Miami Music Project Orchestral Academy chapters in Doral, FL, and the Little Haiti neighborhood in Miami.
Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support the presentation of the musical trio Time for Three. Time for Three will perform for economically disadvantaged students attending elementary, middle, and high schools located in Jefferson and Leon Counties, and will also lead master classes for Florida State University students.
VSA arts of Florida
To support a performance by vocalist and composer Scott MacIntyre at the University of South Florida. MacIntyre, who has a vision disability, will be the headliner for the annual AccessiBull, an event designed to raise awareness about disabilities.
Albany State University Foundation, Inc.
To support a performance by concert pianist, Awadagin Pratt and outreach activities including a master class for students from Albany State University, as well as area junior and senior high school students from Dougherty and Lee Counties.
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation, Inc.
To support Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series, a concert performance series including community and educational outreach programs. Associated education programs will focus on the African roots of popular music in the Americas, as well as music's ability to connect people and communities.
Cobb Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support the Zion Celebration Concert, featuring the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and guest artist, bass-baritone Dr. Oral Moses. The concert, featuring the instrumental music of the Birdsongs of Mesozoic - a unique chamber music quartet - and orchestrated by Erick Lindgren, will be presented at the historic Zion Baptist Church.
East Hawaii Cultural Council
To support the Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival. The festival - featuring selected musicians presenting authentic Hawaiian-style music including slack key guitar, steel guitar, ukulele, falsetto, and contemporary with hula - will take place at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium, drawing an audience from the northeastern coast of the Hawaii Island.
Community Building Partners, Inc.
Post Falls, ID
To support a performance by the Koresh Dance Company and outreach activities. The Philadelphia-based company will perform and participate in a post-show discussion at the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center on the North Idaho College campus, with audiences drawn from the largely rural North Idaho panhandle.
Asian Improv aRts Midwest
Oak Park, IL
To support Taiko Legacy 10: Drumming the Legacy - The Evidence, a series of performances and workshops on both the traditional and evolving forms of taiko (Japanese drumming). Artists under consideration, renowned for both their traditional backgrounds and ground-breaking new forms, include PJ Hirabayashi, Seiichi Tanka, and Kizan Kawamura, among others.
To support A Writer's Life/Cycle, a collaborative project engaging a group of multigenerational writers to create and perform an original theater piece. Additional proposed activities include open rehearsals, workshops, and post-show discussions.
Neighborhood Writing Alliance
To support a literary workshop and reading series featuring author Patricia Smith and storytelling performance collective 2nd Story. Smith will give a public reading from her most recent collection of poems; work created by the workshop participants will be published in the Journal of Ordinary Thought and documented on the Every Person Is a Philosopher blog.
University of St. Francis
To support the Hispanic/Latino Music Immersion Project featuring performances by guitarist David Burgess, composer Elbio Barilari, and the Ondas Ensemble. Proposed outreach activities include a public lecture, instrument demonstrations, instrumental and vocal workshops for underserved high school and middle school students, and a guitar master class for university and high school students led by Burgess.
Metro Arts Alliance of Greater Des Moines
Des Moines, IA
To support urban performances in association with Metro Arts Jazz, a series of free outdoor concerts held throughout Greater Des Moines. The project will present concerts in urban locations such as Evelyn Davis Park, featuring artists who have Iowa ties.
Chamber Music At The Barn, Inc.
To support Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings (ROS) in performance and residency activities in central Kansas. In addition to performances, Anger and ROS will provide youth concerts and master classes in violin, viola, and cello for youth and adults from both inner-city and rural communities.
Council on Developmental Disabilities, Inc.
To support The Striped Show, an exhibition featuring artists with developmental disabilities working in collaboration with established, professional regional artists. To support The Striped Show, an exhibition featuring artists with developmental disabilities working in collaboration with established, professional regional artists.
Episcopal Community Services of Maryland (aka ECSM)
To support Pay it Forward, a community mural in Baltimore City featuring the work of Quentin Gibeau. The mural content and design, to be installed in the Collington Square community, will be developed through a series of community meetings and art classes led by Gibeau.
Morgan State University
To support the exhibition Artifact to Art: The Effect of Traditional African Art Objects on Contemporary Art and related outreach activities. Associated activities will include an African dance performance, a dance workshop, panel discussions about African art, and related educational field trips for youth and senior citizens residing in Baltimore.
National Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorale of Montgomery County, Inc.
North Bethesda, MD
To support The American Virtuoso Violin concert featuring violinist Elena Urioste and the Maryland Classical Youth Orchestra, with related outreach activities. Urioste and the orchestra will travel to Ward Five, located in Washington, DC, and provide master classes for students at Doar Charter School.
Cultural Organization of Lowell
To support the community design and construction planning phases of the Point Park Public Art Project, including work by visual artist Nancy Selvage. Selvage will engage residents in the final design of a large-scale iconic sculpture to be constructed in the primary public space of the Hamilton Canal District, Lowell's centerpiece redevelopment initiative.
Danforth Museum Corporation
To support John Wilson: Eternal Presence, an exhibition of Wilson's work and related demonstrations and lectures by visiting scholars. The retrospective solo exhibition focused on Massachusetts native, visual artist John Wilson will span five decades of his work and associated programming will address issues of diversity, as well as foster exploration and understanding of African American art, history, and culture.
Madison Park Development Corporation
To support the adaptation and performance of the play Street Sounds: Dialogues with Black Existence, written by Ed Bullins. The production will include additional jazz music, original dance choreographed by Mickey Davidson, and expanded monologues.
To support ¡Viva Nuestra Cultura! a multidisciplinary series of performances, film screenings, and workshops. Proposed artists and partners include 12-piece salsa/timba/Latin jazz orchestra Ritmo Masacote, capoeira instructor Mestre Chuvisco, dance not-for-profit Metamovements, the Boston Latino International Film Festival, and Beehive Collective, a visual arts not-for-profit, among others.
Vigorous Interventions in Ongoing Natural Settings, Inc.
To support Jazz Concerts in Dudley Square, a series of free concerts featuring alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, tenor saxophonist and drummer Odean Pope, drummer Billy Hart, trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy, and the 13-member jazz band Makanda Project. Proposed associated activities include a live visual arts event involving students, audience members, and professional artists who will create art during one of the concerts.
Grand Rapids Symphony Society
Grand Rapids, MI
To support the annual presentation of Symphony with Soul, as well as a collaborative workshop involving Grand Rapids Symphony orchestra musicians and local public school students. Symphony with Soul, led by guest conductor Michael Morgan, will feature pastor and gospel singer Dr. Marvin Sapp, and the concert will include the presentation of original music created during the workshop, performed by local public school students.
Lenawee Symphony Orchestra Society
To support the Adrian Symphony Orchestra playing an all-Beethoven concert featuring violinist Caroline Goulding with related outreach activities. Goulding will participate in associated outreach activities including a free rehearsal open to the public, educational concerts designed specifically for elementary students, and concerts for members of the HOPE Community Center, a social service organization addressing the needs of adults with disabilities.
To support the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series featuring poet Terrance Hayes. Students from low-income high schools will receive free copies of one of Hayes' books and attend a reading and discussion by the poet; residents of Detroit will also be invited to an additional public reading.
Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City, MI
To support the exhibition Modern Twist: Japanese Bamboo Art with related outreach activities. Low-income students will attend the exhibition for free and associated programs will include lectures about bamboo art and other related cultural programs covering topics such as ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), bonsai (miniature tree cultivation), and anime (Japanese animation).
Old Town Business & Art Development Association
To support the free Lansing JazzFest, an annual festival showcasing a broad range of jazz genres including contemporary jazz, swing, Dixieland, soul, Latin jazz, fusion, and African-inspired jazz music. The festival will include lectures, workshops, a KidzBeat area featuring an instrument petting zoo, instrument giveaways, and music education sessions.
East Side Arts Council
Saint Paul, MN
To support the Beacon Bluff Art Project featuring sculptor Gita Ghei. Working with neighborhood youth, Ghei will create a rain garden sculpture and benches to be placed in a public area of a new business development project in a low-income and diverse part of the city.
Mankato Symphony Orchestra Association Inc.
To support Deconstructing Don Quixote, featuring violist Sam Bergman and cellist Sebastian Bӓverstam. The two-part performances will include an educational discussion for the audience about the narrative, character development, and musical composition of Richard Strauss' Don Quixote.
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association
To support the annual Free Concerts for Seniors performance series featuring bagpiper Mike Breidenbach. Concerts serving economically disadvantaged seniors will be held at different community venues throughout Minneapolis including the historic Nicollet Island Pavilion, Elliot Park, and the Cerenity Senior Care-Humboldt.
Columbus Arts Council, Inc.
To support Opera...from a Sistah's Point of View featuring soprano Angela Brown in performance and conducting workshops. Project activity will include a master class for Mississippi University for Women and Mississippi State music students, school performances for junior high and high school students, and a culminating performance for the community to be held at Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus.
Mississippi Festival Foundation, Inc.
To support The Delta Arts Reach Project, featuring Ailey II performances and workshops. The project will include free student and public performances at the Clarksdale Civic Auditorium and modern dance workshops that will occur in as many as 10 Mississippi school districts.
Mississippi Museum of Art, Inc.
To support the C3 Project: Creativity. Conversation. Community, featuring sculptors Gwylene Gallimard and Jean-Marie Mauclet. The project will consist of community-based, hands-on art workshops that will lead to the creation of a temporary, mixed-media public art installation in the museum's "Art Garden," an outdoor public space used to display artwork.
International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
To support the Festival of Nations, an annual, multicultural, multidisciplinary arts festival that will feature free performances by the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago. The dance company will also provide free dance workshops for residents of rural Missouri after each performance.
To support a performance by the Linden String Quartet and musical outreach activities targeting middle and high schools, a nursing home, and a shelter for battered women. Outreach activities will include an audience discussion about the type of music the quartet performs, the instruments used, and the composers.
Alberta Bair Theater Corporation
To support Mash it Up: Classical Cajun Hip Hop, a concert series with multiple outreach and education events. Artists including Soul Street Dance Company and the Turtle Island String Quartet with Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet will perform and participate in outreach activities for audiences from the Rocky Mountain Northwest.
Billings Symphony Society
To support a concert series and related outreach activities celebrating American, Latin, and British symphonic music. Guest artists, composer Jennifer Higdon and pianist Michael Chertock, will participate in outreach activities including master classes, a music seminar with as many as 800 fifth-grade students, pre- and post-concert discussions, and an open rehearsal.
Glacier Symphony and Chorale, Inc.
To support the annual Festival Amadeus. Taking place in a rural community, local residents and youth participants from the North Valley Music School will have the opportunity to see open rehearsals and performances and participate in artist-led master classes.
Great Falls Symphony Association, Inc.
Great Falls, MT
To support performances and outreach activities featuring percussionist Evelyn Glennie. In addition to a public performance with orchestra, the project will include a program for residents at the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, an open rehearsal for university and high school students, and workshops taking place at as many as two high schools.
Whitefish Theatre Co.
To support International Guitar Night, featuring acoustic guitarists Brian Gore, Martin Taylor, and Solorazaf. The project will include musicians from Brazil, Madagascar, and Great Britain and is designed to be a unique, culturally diverse event for an isolated rural community.
Joslyn Art Museum
To support an exhibition of original children's book illustrations, The Fantastic World of Dan Yaccarino, featuring paintings created by author-illustrator Dan Yaccarino. Organized by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, free programs associated with the exhibition will include Story Adventures, monthly thematic storytelling sessions for preschoolers; Saturday Surprise, an art-making event for families; and art talks led by museum staff.
Omaha Performing Arts Society
To support performances by the Joffrey Ballet and the Bad Plus, with associated outreach activities including a free master class, free concert lectures, and subsidized tickets provided to several Title I schools. The Joffrey Ballet will perform a rendition of The Rite of Spring that reconstructs Vaslav Nijinsky's choreography from the original 1913 production; the Bad Plus will present an evening of progressive jazz highlighted by an original reconstruction of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.
Capital City Arts Initiative
Carson City, NV
To support Luminosity, an exhibition of sculptures by artist Cathy Breslaw. In addition to the exhibition, scheduled to be held at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery, project activities will include artist talks, as well as a commissioned interpretative essay.
Matheny School and Hospital, Inc.
To support Full Circle, a multidisciplinary project that will showcase art created by individuals with disabilities. The project will include an exhibition displaying original artwork created by artists with disabilities; guest artists will help participants with disabilities create a culminating multimedia performance piece.
Mimbres Region Arts Council, Inc.
Silver City, NM
To support the Youth Mural Program, which will pair youth with professional artists to create murals expressing the culture and history of the Grant County region. Selected artists will work with students ages seven to 18 to interview area residents and incorporate local history and aesthetics in the mural designs.
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
To support a performance and associated outreach activities featuring Street Beat, an urban dance and recycled percussion troupe. Activities will include a Family Night Percussion event, interactive lectures and demonstrations for K-12 students, and Re-Purposed Percussion, a series of hands-on percussive workshops for high school students.
New Mexico Literary Arts
Santa Fe, NM
To support the Alzheimer's Poetry Project, providing arts programming to people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Bilingual poets will lead a series of workshops with a culminating presentation of readings at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque that will feature poet Valerie Martinez and the poetry workshop participants.
Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts Inc.
To support a series of dance workshops and performances by Odyssey Dance Theatre. Proposed outreach activities include dance workshops serving residents affiliated with the Mescalero Apache Reservation.
New York, NY
To support the New York Arab and South Asian Film Festival. Project activities will include a panel discussion and post-screening question-and-answer sessions. The series will also present a feature premiere, documentaries, and short films intended to promote awareness and mutual understanding of persons of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent.
American Indian Artists, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the production of Powwow Highway, a full-length play for musical theater by author, playwright, and screenwriter David Seals. Seals will work with Native American director Steve Elm (Oneida) and acting ensemble Amerinda Theatre in the production of this work that focuses on the New York City Native American community.
Art Connects New York
New York, NY
To support the Brooklyn Art Placement Exhibitions and Workshops at New York City Industries for the Blind and the Arab-American Family Support Center. These permanent installations of contemporary artwork will actively reflect the missions of these social service agencies and will feature both emerging and established NYC-based artists such as Christophe Laudamiel, Takashi Horisaki, Yael Kanarek, and Rashin Kheirieh.
Catskill Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support a concert featuring the Celtic music and step dancing of Cherish the Ladies. Under the leadership of flutist Joanie Madden, Cherish the Ladies will perform at SUNY Oneonta's Alumni Field House for audiences drawn from a three-county area in rural Central New York.
Hobart William Smith Colleges
To support Arts Experience: A Festival Celebrating Inclusion and the Arts, a festival engaging individuals with and without disabilities in the arts. Among the proposed artists who would participate in the month-long festival - featuring performances, film-screenings, workshops, speakers, and exhibits - are choreographer Lucy Bowen McCauley, percussionist Matt Giordano, and director Hilari Scarl, with a screening of films from the Sprout Touring Film Festival that will showcase works by and about individuals with developmental disabilities.
Intrepid Museum Foundation
New York, NY
To support Intrepid: Gift of Show, a series of performances and workshops coinciding with the museum's Kids Week, targeted to serve youth who are homeless and youth who reside in transitional housing. The project will feature Story Pirates, a musical theater ensemble that performs stories written by elementary students, and Literally Alive, a children's theater company that produces original musicals based on classic children's literature.
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Inc.
To support Making Moves, a dance commission and performance program featuring Arch Dance Company, and the annual Making Moves Dance Festival, showcasing emerging dance companies. The project will include the performance of Battlegrounds, a multimedia, hip-hop and modern dance piece choreographed by Jennifer Archibald that incorporates recorded interviews with residents from the local community into the performance.
Rochester Children's Theatre, Inc.
To support the creation and performance of the musical Moses Man: A Musical Journey of a Holocaust Survivor. The project, targeting economically disadvantaged senior citizens and students, will include discussions between the actors and the audience after performances.
Society for the Preservation of Weeksville & Bed/Stuy History
To support Past, Present, and Future, a contemporary art exhibition and catalogue exploring themes related to African American identity, spirituality, and experience. The project will include photography created by artist Barron Claiborne, art workshops, and public artist lectures for local residents.
New York, NY
To support the Sprout Film Festival and exhibition, featuring works about developmental disabilities created by artists with developmental disabilities. Associated outreach activities include workshops and museum tours for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Take Wing And Soar Productions, Inc.
New York, NY
To support performances of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Kevin Connell. This adaptation of Wilde's play will be set in Harlem during the 1920s, drawing parallels to the original play and black bourgeoisie manners of that era.
Mallarme Chamber Players, Inc.
To support the North Carolina Historically Informed Practices Festival, a baroque chamber music festival including performances, workshops, master classes, and lectures. Proposed artists include countertenor Michael Maniaci, baroque violinist Elizabeth Field, guitarist and theorbo player William Simms, and Frances Blaker, who plays the recorder.
North Carolina International Folk Festival, Inc.
To support the Folkmoot USA Outreach Project, featuring Absolutely Legless, an Irish dance and music ensemble. Absolutely Legless will travel to geographically isolated counties in North Carolina to perform, as well as offer workshops and dance classes highlighting the similarities and differences between Irish step dancing and traditional clogging, a popular art form in Western North Carolina.
Bismarck Mandan Orchestral Association
To support Spanish Fire: Guitarist Petar Jankovic in North Dakota, including performances and workshops conducted by the classical guitarist. Project activities will include Jankovic's participation in narrative performances for local youth, a performance at an assisted living center, and his performance during BMSO's season-opening subscription concert.
Circle of Nations School, Inc.
To support Our School, Our Stories, an artist residency program. Featuring picture book illustrator and street artist Shawn McCann, the program will engage Native American children in fourth through eighth grade at the Circle of Nations School to develop their own picture books for exhibition in conjunction with McCann's work.
Akron Art Museum
To support the Draw Me A Story Exhibition, featuring the work of children's book illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh. A collaboration with Leggett Elementary School in Akron, project activities will include workshops for children with arts educators from the University of Akron and the Akron Public Library, a museum exhibition of the children's picture books produced in the workshops, and a commissioned mural-sized illustration by Tonatiuh.
Art Opportunities, Inc.
To support the expansion of the ArtWorks Summer Mural Program. Working in partnership with the City of Cincinnati, ArtWorks is an arts-based job training program for Cincinnati youth that pairs professional artists with teen apprentices to create murals for installation in selected Cincinnati neighborhoods such as Kennedy Heights and Bond Hill.
Chamber Music in Yellow Springs Inc
Yellow Springs, OH
To support the commission of a new work for string quartet from composer Allen McCullough, to be premiered by the Daedalus Quartet as part of the CMYS subscription series, with related outreach. The Daedalus Quartet and McCullough will conduct an artist residency in Yellow Springs, providing master classes and outreach concerts to schools, universities, and civic organizations in the Dayton-Springfield area.
To support the presentation of Israeli composer Avner Dorman's Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu as part of the Intergenerational Concert Series. The musical parable will present Israeli playwright Ephraim Sidon's story, narrated by Clarence Willams Marshall, and its central theme of daily conflict between people and nations.
Oklahaoma Israel Exchange, Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK
To support performances by Shesh Besh, an Arab-Jewish music ensemble from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and associated outreach activities. Shesh Besh will lead workshops about Middle Eastern music and improvisation for jazz musicians and provide narrated concerts with question-and-answer sessions for students and for Oklahoma City residents living in retirement and assisted living facilities, including the Schusterman Community Center, a facility for older Jewish residents with disabilities.
Poncan Theatre Company, Inc.
Ponca City, OK
To support the American Celebration of Jazz and Folk, with associated outreach activities that will include performances at senior homes and churches located in rural Ponca City, as well as workshops for low-income students. The program will include performances by the Allison Fisher Jazz Quartet and Tradition and Change.
Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support Mark O'Connor and Friends, a concert and related student workshops featuring fiddler/violinist/composer Mark O'Connor with violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins. Complimentary tickets and bus transportation to the concert will be provided to economically disadvantaged students.
Portland Jazz Festival, Inc.
To support the Portland Jazz Festival featuring Jack DeJohnette and Friends - a band comprised of NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, and Matt Garrison. The project will include the presentation of The Incredible Journey of Jazz, a musical theater performance about the history of jazz designed for middle school students; performances by local high school jazz ensembles; a workshop at Portland State University led by DeJohnette; and a live Jazz Conversation series featuring DeJohnette that will be recorded, podcasted, and archived on the jazz festival's website.
American Friends Service Committee
To support the Grand Finale Performance of the Tamejavi Culture and Art Series and artists' workshops featuring spoken word artist Adam Bowser, filmmaker Maureen Gosling, and dancer Maria Bauman. The series encompasses the performance of song, dance, and poetry drawn from the Central Valley's immigrant stories including, among others, those of the Hmong, Khmer, Latin American, and Mexican communities.
Endless Mountain Music Festival
To support the Endless Mountain Music Festival, a series of concerts and related activities held in Northern Pennsylvania and Southern New York. Proposed artists Shelton Berg (jazz piano), Peter Kenote (violin), Frederick Zlotkin (cello), and Doris Hall-Gulati (clarinet) will perform throughout the region and participate in outreach activities including pre- and post-concert discussions, master classes, and educational programs.
To support the presentation of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 (the "Emperor" concerto) and associated outreach activities. In addition to featuring pianist Inon Barnatan, the multidisciplinary event will highlight the work of cartoonist and storyteller Joe Wos and will take place in the Warner Theatre for audiences drawn from northwestern Pennsylvania, northeastern Ohio, and the Southern Tier of New York.
La Plume, PA
To support the free Arts on Fire festival and Community Iron Pour, featuring sculptors Vaughn C. Randall and Kevin M. Dartt, who will exhibit their work and demonstrate their art making techniques for area residents. The sculptors will also engage low-income high school students who will be involved in the art making demonstrations at the festival and will display their own artwork.
Learning Lamp, Inc.
To support the free Children's Book Festival of Johnstown featuring author/illustrators Suzanne Bloom, and Nick Bruel, as well as associated outreach activities targeting economically disadvantaged youth. Bloom and Bruel will visit as many as four elementary schools located in Johnstown, reading and discussing their work with students.
Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, Inc.
To support violin recitals featuring Noah Bendix-Balgley and David Allen Wehr, as well as Poco a Poco, an educational program that will provide instruments and musical instruction to economically disadvantaged African Americans students. Cellist Ryan Murphy will lead a workshop for Poco a Poco students and all Poco a Poco students will receive complementary tickets to a recital.
Columbia Art Association
To support the Ask the Artist Series for Underserved Communities, a series of workshops, demonstrations, and studio sessions at partner sites directed by a roster of guest artists. Proposed visual artists Beth Melton, Kirill Simin, and Kirkland Smith, among others, will conduct programming for constituents of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and St. Lawrence Place, a transitional housing program for homeless families in Columbia, part of the Midlands community.
To support guest dance artists in a residency celebrating the Pas de Deux (dance for two) in Chattanooga. Residency activities will include a public performance at the Tivoli Theater, free community outreach classes, and intermediate and advanced-level master classes at facilities throughout the city, targeting low-income youth and aspiring young dance students.
Collage Dance Collective, Inc.
To support RISE, the cuminating event of an arts education series hosted by Collage's professional company in honor of Black History Month. Featuring the choreography of Kevin "Lega" Jeff, the performance will take place at the Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center for Memphis audiences.
Creative Aging Memphis
To support a series of musical performances and arts workshops for older adults living in nursing homes in the Mid-South. Conducted by selected local visual and performing artists, the programming will offer opportunities for creative experience and expression to all nursing home residents, regardless of physical, cognitive, or financial limitations.
Germantown Performing Arts Centre
To support SoLe Sanctuary - A Hoofer's Meditation on the Art of Tap, featuring tap dancer Savion Glover. The Centre's Arts Access program will provide free tickets and ticket subsidies for low-income residents and Glover's community outreach activities will include a lecture and demonstration for low-income, African American students attending Title I schools and a post-performance discussion for the general public.
Museum of Appalachia
To support Student Heritage Day, a multidisciplinary, Appalachian cultural festival targeting youth in rural Tennessee. Economically disadvantaged youth will participate in a series of workshops covering pottery, fiber arts, vocal instruction, dulcimer music, and buck dancing among other traditional Appalachian art forms.
New Ballet Ensemble and School
To support the creation and performance of an original dance work based on Anansi the Spider, a fictional character who plays a prominent role in a series of popular West African folk tales. Combining African, modern, and ballet dance, the performance will be choreographed by Adrian Couch, be adapted and directed by Anthony Horne, and will target economically disadvantaged African American families.
Lake Jackson, TX
To support the Lila Downs Concert & Outreach Project, a residency with a focus on Mexican heritage and culture with world music. World music artist Lila Downs will perform at the Clarion at Brazosport College, as well as participate in a pre-concert lecture and lead lectures for high school girls, in this focused effort to reach the low-income, Hispanic populations in the cities of Clute and Freeport, TX, and surrounding communities.
Cine Las Americas
To support the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival. The 16th festival, with most events taking place at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, will feature narrative and documentary features, short films, and youth cinema made by or about Latinos and indigenous peoples of the Americas, Portugal, and Spain.
Downtown Bryan Association
To support ArtFill: Art as Infill, a public art installation. In partnership with the City of Bryan, the association will select an artist to lead the creation of a semi-permanent community art installation for the north end of downtown.
Lubbock Arts Alliance, Inc.
To support the Lubbock Arts Festival featuring The Monster Engine! by Dave DeVries. The 34th annual festival will highlight DeVries' work as a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer; DeVries takes children's drawings of monsters and renders them in comic book realism.
Mid Texas Symphony Society, Inc.
To support a multimedia performance that will include a slideshow assembled by Astrophysicist Dr. Eric Schlegel, displaying planet photography while violinist Charles Yang performs Bruch's Scottish Fantasy and Holst's The Planets. The project will also include a pre-concert conversation about astronomy led by Schlegel, two shortened concerts designed for fourth- and fifth-grade students, and discounted tickets for students, the military, families, and musicians.
San Anto Cultural Arts, Inc.
San Antonio, TX
To support the San Anto Cultural Arts Community Mural/Public Art Project. The project will include multigenerational community meetings involving youth, adults, and seniors living in San Antonio, who will work as a team to develop thematic designs for the mural.
VSA arts of Texas
To support Body Shift, a dance festival for people with and without disabilities, featuring choreographer Karen Nelson. Nelson will provide free public performances, lead a series of workshops, and participate in a "dance jam" with dancers who have disabilities.
Youth Orchestras of San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
To support the commission and premiere of a new concerto for electric violin composed by Kenji Bunch and performed by electric violinist Tracy Silverman, with associated outreach activities. Silverman and Bunch will lead free workshops for economically disadvantaged youth at elementary, middle, and high schools located in San Antonio and work with as many as 40 youth string players who participate in the Orchestra's free, daily after-school music program; students and their families will receive complementary tickets to the concert.
Moab Music Festival, Inc.
To support performances of The Wisdom of the Earth, a concert of compositions by Bruce Adolphe, Kenji Bunch, David Amram, and Native American composers Russell Goodluck and Juantio Bencenti. Performances will communicate the influence Native American music and poetry have had on composers of European and Asian ancestry.
Utah Valley State College
To support Celebrated Voices: A Festival of Latino and Spanish Traditional and Contemporary Dance featuring dance companies Luna Negra and the Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, as well as flamenco dancer Rafael Del Pino Moreno, with associated outreach activities. Matinee concerts and workshops presented by the festival artists will target underserved Latino students from as many as 10 schools located in Utah.
To support the second phase of VSA Vermont's Engage, a juried exhibition showcasing visual art by Vermont artists with disabilities, with associated outreach activities. Visual artists Robert Gold, Alexis Kyriak, and Willow Bascom will participate in a public panel discussion about their artwork, its role and meaning in their lives, and the experiences they have had as artists with disabilities working with mainstream art organizations.
St. John Community Foundation, Inc.
St. John, VI
To support a free, independent film series that will feature filmmakers introducing their own works and participating in question-and-answer sessions after their films are screened. Proposed guest artists include documentary producer and director Tom Shepard, filmmaker and Fulbright scholar Briar March, and new media artist and documentary filmmaker Michele Stephenson.
American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras
To support a master class, dress rehearsal, and public performance with the Ahn Trio and members of the American Youth Philharmonic conducted by Daniel Spalding. All activities are scheduled to take place at the George Mason University Center for the Arts and will be targeted to engage economically disadvantaged middle school students.
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
To support a concert featuring Ricardo Morales, principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a series of outreach activities that will engage Latino and Hispanic residents in Virginia. Morales will provide bilingual workshops for students attending Spanish immersion schools, an open rehearsal for students, a visit to the Levine School of Music, lectures for adults in Fairfax, and transportation to the concert will be provided by Fairfax Symphony Orchestra to students attending Fairfax County Public Schools.
Visual Arts Center of Richmond
To support the exhibition Megan Marlatt: Substitutions for a Game Never Played, a series of art workshops, and a culminating public parade that will celebrate Spanish art. The project will be a collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club and the Richmond Public Library, and will feature Barcelona-based visual artists Neus Hosta and David Ventura, who specialize in making capgrossos (big heads), artistic creations that originate in Spain.
Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences
To support guest artist performances in Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park that will be designed to be accessible for audiences with visual disabilities. AVIA will provide an audio-described tour of the sculpture in the park between performances featuring interdisciplinary ensembles Lelavision and Aono Jikken and African ensembles Anzanga and Ocheami that will occur at different locations in the park.
Songwriting Works Educational Foundation
Port Townsend, WA
To support the creation of music composed by adults with cognitive disabilities and the development of a CD that will feature the original compositions. Music producer Orville Johnson and singer-songwriter Anke Summerhill will help participants compose, record music, and participate in SongFest, a culminating performance that will include the guest artists and project participants.
SouthEast Effective Development
To support Guest Gallery exhibitions of East Asian brush painting and sculptures reflecting the cultural identities and experiences of East African girls living in Seattle, with related community outreach activities targeting economically disadvantaged residents in Seattle. The Puget Sound Sumi Artists will perform public demonstrations of Asian ink wash painting and calligraphy; artist Mary Cross will hold art-making workshops with East African girls who will create plaster casts of hands embellished with henna designs, for display alongside Cross' own works in the exhibit, and participate in a public panel discussion with other guest artists.
Unidentified Moving Objects Company, Inc.
To support Red Tiger Tales, a play that weaves together traditional Buddhist, Zen, Tao, and Sufi legends and puppetry, created and performed by the UMO Ensemble, a physical theater company. The ensemble will work with the Seattle School District and ACT Theatre's Young Playwrights Program to provide a series of matinees targeting economically disadvantaged students.
Walla Walla Symphony Society, Inc.
Walla Walla, WA
To support performances by PROJECT Trio and associated outreach activities. PROJECT Trio will collaborate with symphony musicians to offer a public symphonic concert, an educational family concert, and a chamber ensemble soiree, as well as provide music education programs for schools located throughout Washington, targeting economically disadvantaged, geographically isolated youth.
Latino Arts, Inc.
To support performances by the musical group Cimarrón, who will perform llanera, traditional Colombian and Venezuelan music, with associated outreach activities. The project will include educational matinees that provide additional information about the historical origins of the music performed, and a percussion class for student groups; low-income residents will receive complimentary tickets to the performances.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Inc.
To support Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami, featuring visual artist Calvin Nicholls and associated outreach activities that will include art workshops, a lecture by the guest artist, and a tour of the exhibition led by Nicholls. Participants in the "Art Beyond Sight" program, established to make art accessible to individuals with disabilities, will experience Nicholls' paper sculptures through touch.
Phipps Center for the Arts, Inc.
To support the annual Bench Project. Students and local residents will engage in the communal design of a bench, as site-specific public artwork, in partnership with the Osceola School District and the City of Osceola.
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Inc.
To support Music of the African Diaspora, a series of performances demonstrating how traditional music and dance from the African Diaspora has influenced contemporary music and dance. Colin O'Brien, a banjo "fingerstyle" and bluegrass guitar player, and Naima Adedapo, a vocalist and dancer, will perform in a variety of different venues located in underserved Milwaukee communities, including schools, a Boys & Girls Club, and a senior center.
TOTAL GRANTS AWARDED: 153
TOTAL DOLLARS AWARDED: $1,530,000
« Return to index
National Endowment for the Arts · an independent federal agency
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20506