FY 2005 Grant Awards:
Summer Schools in the Arts
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
Alaska Arts Southeast, Inc.
To support Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Professional artists from Alaska and other states will lead workshops offered at three age-appropriate levels in Alaskan Native arts, dance, music, theater, writing, digital video, and visual arts. During the two-week summer camp, as many as 300 youth from cities and remote rural areas of Alaska are expected to participate. The Sitka Fine Arts Camp is the only residential fine arts camp in Alaska.
Arizona Theatre Company
To support the Summer on Stage Program. Designed to provide standards-based knowledge and skills in theater arts, the five-week program will offer opportunities for teenage students to work alongside professional artists. Activities will include classes in character development, movement, stage combat, make-up, costumes, production elements, and acting techniques. Students also will create original and interpretive works, with one week dedicated to intensive rehearsals. Approximately 40 students from low-income areas of the Tucson community will benefit from the project.
Art Factory, Inc.
To support a summer theater program. Professional theater artists will be trained as instructors to lead daily sessions for youth including rehearsals and performances. The teaching-artists will provide individualized, interdisciplinary instruction in theater, acting, vocal, and movement techniques. As many as 48 youths, ages seven to 14, most of whom are from underserved communities, are expected to participate.
St. Paul, MN
To support Lessons from Africa. The three-week, theme-based program will provide students with opportunities to create and analyze music, visual art, drama, and dance within a diverse cultural context. Working alongside artists, arts educators, and arts organizations of African and African American heritage, students will learn how traditional arts have served as an inspiration for contemporary artists. Additional components will include professional development opportunities for as many as 15 teachers. More than 100 African American students, ages six to 12, will participate.
To support the Summer Musical Theater Program. The six-week program will provide opportunities for students to learn beginning and advanced theater techniques, while working alongside professional artists. For beginning students, ages nine to 14, The Theatre Adventures Camp will offer classes in acting, creative movement, and voice culminating in performances of Annie, Jr. For advanced students, ages 15 to 19, The Musical Theater Conservatory will provide classes in acting, history of musical theater, and text analysis and will conclude with performances of A Chorus Line.
New York, NY
To support Summer Music Camp, a four-week musical training and performance program for public school students living in New York City’s five boroughs. The project will provide free classical music training with an emphasis on increased performance skills. Students will receive performance opportunities through the camp’s orchestra, concert band, and other ensembles. Approximately 80 participating students in fifth through eighth grades will benefit from the program.
Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc.
To support Summer Art Camp. Designed to build fundamental skills in the visual arts, the program will provide opportunities for kindergarten through twelfth grade students to explore works from the museum’s collection. Working alongside professional artists and educators, students will participate in weekly classes that incorporate art history, aesthetics, principles of design, and art criticism. An additional component will be the development of a CD-ROM, featuring photo and video documentation of students’ works. More than 300 students are expected to benefit from the classes.
Atlanta Ballet, Inc.
To support the Dance and Cultural Initiative Summer Program. Elementary, middle school, and high school youths will participate in dance forms including ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, Flamenco, and capoeira. Dance classes will be paired with other courses such as studio art, English language, the history of dance, and the influence of Latino artists on dance and music. To address gang issues in the middle and high school age groups, a conflict resolution course also will be offered. Approximately 150 students will participate in this tuition-free program.
Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, Inc.
To support the Teen Professional Theatre. The program will provide summer workshops, mentorships, and performance of a Broadway musical. Program partners are the Howard County Community College and Reservoir High School. Each session will begin with an open audition. Students will be encouraged to develop their individual theatrical skills through one-on-one and ensemble rehearsals with guest artists, many of whom have played the same roles on Broadway or in regional and national tours. During the three-week session, approximately 32 youths, ages 13 to 21, are expected to participate.
Congreso De Latinos Unidos, Inc.
To support the Young Artist Program. The six-week program will provide opportunities for 30 disadvantaged teenagers to work alongside professional artists while creating films based on the students’ life experiences. During the first week, the teenagers will be introduced to video production while working in local galleries, community gardens and on outdoor murals. During the second through fifth weeks of the program, there will be classes in storyboarding, writing, set and costume design, and acting, using works from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Friends of NORD, Inc.
New Orleans, LA
To support tuition-free ballet workshops and summer dance camps for inner-city youth, ages six to 18. The project is a community partnership between the New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) and the New Orleans Ballet Association. Approximately 2,500 free classes, benefiting approximately 600 students, will be provided including a seven-week, advanced-level dance camp and five summer camps for beginning and intermediate skill levels. In addition to knowledge and skills in ballet, tap, and modern dance technique, participants also will develop collaborative teamwork and critical-thinking skills.
Fulton Opera House Foundation
To support Youtheatre. Professional theater artists of the Fulton Opera House company will involve youths, ages 13 to 19, in daily workshops about acting techniques, song lyrics, script writing, and directing, that will lead to the creation of new work. As many as 40 youth, most of whom are from low-income families in the area, are expected to participate.
To support the Lewiston Arts Summer Theatre Experience. Rural, underserved youth will participate in workshops on theater design and performance. Two concurrent, four-week sessions will be offered for approximately 30 youth, ages eight to 16. Final performances will be filmed by a local production agency and distributed to each family. Artist residencies and teacher workshops will take place during the school year to further extend the impact of the project.
Lawrence Arts Center
To support Summer Youth Theatre. Theater artists and arts educators will provide intensive instruction in all aspects of theater production. Approximately 300 children, ages four to 18, will participate in two, four-week sessions to improve their theater skills, increase their critical knowledge as an audience member, and achieve social and emotional growth.
Log Cabin Library Center, Inc.
To support a Writing Camp at the Fort Hall Shoshone-Bannock Reservation in eastern Idaho. Students will explore natural sites, meet with tribal elders and others critical to their understanding of local history and tribal culture, and then draw from these experiences to develop skills in creative writing. Through partnerships with the Fort Hall Recreation Program and the Shoshone-Bannock School District, professional writers and educators will organize a program that will emphasize the link between reading and writing. As many as 75 fourth through twelfth grade students will participate in the five-week writing camp, culminating with public readings and a published anthology.
Morton Street Foundation, Inc.
Ellicott City, MD
To support the Dance Workshop and the Dance Intensive programs at the Morton Street Dance Center. The projects, based on the Maryland State Department of Education dance syllabus, will expose youth, ages six to 18, to dance styles such as classical ballet, modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and Afro Caribbean. The curriculum also may include workshops on dance history, choreography, writing, facial expressions, and stage lighting. As many as 90 participants will be selected on the basis of their application and audition.
Moving Company Dance Center
To support Creative Arts at Keene. Students will select from classes offered in visual arts, music, dance, theater, and film and video, attend daily classes, and participate in exhibitions and performances that feature their work. As many as 17 artists and 130 rural New Hampshire youths, ages nine to 18, are expected to participate in the four-week program.
Pistarckle Theatre, Inc.
St. Thomas, VI
To support a theater program. Classes in acting and technical theater production will culminate in public performances of a classic Greek play. Approximately 48 students, ages nine to 17, will participate in a five-week camp to learn basic acting, dance, singing, set and lighting design, make-up, and costuming. Students will be engaged in all aspects of marketing and promotion for the final production such as creating advertising posters, appearing in radio interviews, and photographing shoots for print media.
Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra
To support the Jazz Workshop, Chamber Music Camp, Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop, and Fine Arts Day Camp for students in the first through twelfth grades. The Jazz Workshop is held at the Lake Forest Academy. Musicians from Chicago and surrounding communities will receive coaching during the daytime, and in the evening they will perform in jam sessions. The chamber musicians will receive training in music history and theory, as well as conducting, and will perform at the Ravinia Festival. Young vocalists, ages 15 to 20, will receive vocal and acting coaching. The six to 10-year olds who attend the Fine Arts Day Camp will learn music and movement. As many as 30 artists and 130 youths are expected to participate.
Southwest Missouri State University
To support the Missouri Fine Arts Academy. Artistically talented junior and senior high school students will enroll in ensemble workshops, private lessons, and classes in the visual arts, music, theater, or dance. In addition to their classes, students will attend co-curricular activities, such as gallery tours, dance, theater, and music performances; students also will be visited by professional guest artists. During the three-week summer residential program, teenagers will be housed on the Southwest Missouri State University campus. As many as 42 artists, 48 teachers, and 175 students are expected to participate.
Tacoma School District No. 10
To support Arts Infused Summer School. Elementary students with lower academic achievement scores will be selected to participate in the visual and performing arts instruction. Using curriculum that integrates the arts with math and reading in this tuition-free program, each lesson will involve students in creation and performance. Students will have the opportunity to visit local cultural organizations, such as the Tacoma Art Museum and the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, to enhance classroom learning. Approximately 120 students in grades two through four will benefit from the project.
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
To support the Summer Music Workshop. Designed for middle and high school students, the three-week program will provide instruction in jazz studies, classical piano, and chamber winds. Working alongside university faculty musicians and visiting artists, students with previous musical experience will learn improvisation techniques, music notation, and composing and arranging music. Additional classes will focus on performance techniques and ensemble playing. Students will be able to attend faculty concerts. More than 150 students are expected to participate.
To support Art Options. The five-week summer arts apprenticeship and peer-mentoring program with artistic and academic components. Through study of African, Mexican, and Native American myths and folklore, students will create drawings, masks, and sculptures. Students will participate in cultural excursions, work with guest artists, and mount an exhibition of their art at the conclusion of the program. Students will enter the program in seventh or eighth grade and stay through high school graduation. In addition, the program offers career counseling for the junior and senior high school students. Approximately 20 students, ages 12 to 15, will participate in the project.
Westfield Young Artists Cooperative Theatre
To support the rehearsal and performance of a production of Guys and Dolls. Theater professionals will coach participants in singing, character interpretation, emotional/psychological expression, and stage presence. The program will culminate in performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, NJ. Little or no fee will be charged of the youth participants who are selected through auditions. As many as 75 students, ages 10 to 18, are expected to participate.
Young Audiences of Indiana, Inc.
To support the Summer Arts for Youth (SAY) program. Low-income youth in eight Indianapolis community sites will participate in multidisciplinary arts and literature activities as part of the program’s curriculum. Artists will develop that curriculum focusing on children’s literature and will incorporate national standards in music, dance, visual arts, and theater. Using this as its program foundation, artist teams will lead arts activities for approximately 30 to 40 students, ages six to 11.
TOTAL GRANTS AWARDED: 25
TOTAL DOLLARS AWARDED: $756,326
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