National Endowment for the Arts awards local grants

McClatchy NewspapersNovember 27, 2012 


The group Eighth Blackbird will have a residency in Lexington, Kentucky

ALLEN J. SCHABEN — Los Angeles Times/MCT

— The National Endowment for the Arts on Tuesday announced more than $23 million in 832 grants to arts organizations and individuals for a wide variety of cultural activities, from $40,000 to support artists’ residences in Charlotte, N.C., to $45,000 for a three-day dance festival in Chavak, Alaska, population 938.

"Through a rigorous peer-review panel process, the NEA ensures that projects recommended for funding are among the most creative, the most effective, and will make a real impact," said NEA chairman Rocco Landesman. The endowment also announced the selection of 40 poets for fellowships totaling $1 million.

Here are a sampling of some of the grants:

Anchorage, Alaska

Calista Elders Council – A $45,000 grant to help support a three-day Yup’ik dance festival in Chavak, Alaska, featuring 24 dance groups from 23 remote villages. According to an NEA release, “groups from remote Alaska Native villages will demonstrate songs and dances that pre-date contact with the Western world.”

Bellingham, Wash.

Bellingham Festival of Music – $10,000 to support the Bellingham Festival of Music, a two-week summer festival featuring orchestral and chamber music concerts throughout the community.

Boise, Idaho

Trey McIntyre Project – $15,000 to support the creation and presentation of a new multimedia dance titled “The Symptom of Death” by choreographer Trey McIntyre.

Charlotte, N.C.

McColl Center for Visual Art – $40,000 to support residencies for as many as 12 artists.

North Carolina Dance Theatre – $10,000 to support the creation and world premiere of a new work by dancer and choreographer Jiri Bubenicek.

Columbia, S.C.

University of South Carolina at Columbia – $25,000 to support “Diverse Voices: Discovering Community through Traditional Arts.” The project will develop a permanent gallery to showcase and interpret the McKissick Museum’s folk-life collection and ongoing folk-life research in the state.

Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth Opera Association Inc. – $17,500 to support performances of Tom Cipullo’s “Glory Denied,” the first professional company production of this contemporary work.

Van Cliburn Foundation Inc. – $20,000 to support the commissioning of a solo piano work by Christopher Theofanidis and performances featuring the Brentano String Quartet and conductor Leonard Slatkin.

Fresno, Calif.

Lively Arts Foundation – $10,000 to support a performance by Alonzo King LINES Ballet, including an introductory dance class for the community and a contemporary dance master class for area dance students.

Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas City Ballet Association – $20,000 to support the presentation of a work by Karole Armitage, artistic director of Armitage Gone! Dance, based in New York City.

Metropolitan Arts Council of Greater Kansas City – $40,000 to support the creation of a regional cultural plan for the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. A consultant will be contracted to lead a cultural planning process for five counties in Missouri and Kansas.

Lexington, Ky.

Lexington Philharmonic Society Inc. – $16,000 to support a residency by the chamber sextet Eighth Blackbird.


Historical Association of Southern Florida Inc. – $20,000 to support the Heritage Spotlight Series, public events and school programs featuring Caribbean and South American folk artists of area ethnic communities.

Miami City Ballet Inc. – $40,000 to support a world premiere of a new work by British choreographer Liam Scarlett.

New World Symphony Inc. – $50,000 to support the Musician Professional Development Program. Under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, the program will utilize performances, coaching and community outreach activities to prepare young artists for musical leadership positions in the orchestral field.

Raleigh, N.C.

David Rigsbee will be one of the poets to receive a literature fellowship for $25,000.

Sacramento, Calif.

Association of California Symphony Orchestras – $30,000 to support professional and leadership development and technical assistance programs for California orchestras.

Crocker Art Museum Association – $20,000 to support the exhibition, “An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan & Their Circle,” and accompanying catalogue.

Tacoma, Wash.

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts – $35,000 to support World Class Artists for Local Underserved Audiences, a series of performances and outreach programs by visiting artists.; Twitter: @maria_e_recio

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