2001 Grant Awards: Leadership Initiative Grants
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change,
contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
Adaptive Environments Center, Inc.
To support phase two of Access to Design Professionals, a first-time effort to increase the number of and support for people with disabilities in design professions. This project builds on the experience that Adaptive Environments has had in implementing the Universal Design Education Project in 25 schools of design. (Multi-state)
To support planning and artists fees for The Deaf Way II, Gallaudet University's second international festival on the arts, language, culture, technology and human rights. The Deaf Way II will take place July 8-13, 2002 at Gallaudet University, District of Columbia art galleries, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Society for the Arts in Healthcare
To support the second phase of the first-ever national technical assistance project that trains arts administrators and artists as consultants to healthcare institutions across the country. The project is establishing comprehensive, professional arts programming within these institutions. (Multi-state)
New England Foundation for the Arts
To support the sixth year of the National Dance Project, which supports the creation and touring of dance. The program provides presenters, dance companies and audiences across the country with access to contemporary dance. (Multi-state)
FOLK AND TRADITIONAL ARTS INFRASTRUCTURE
City Lore, Inc.
New York, NY
DISCIPLINE/FIELD: Folk & Traditional Arts
To support a national folk arts-in-education initiative to foster the inclusion of folk arts and artists as a basic element of K 12 arts education. This effort will integrate folk arts and folk artists into school curricula through a variety of efforts, including teachers' institutes distributed regionally around the country, the establishment of regional teachers' networks to share resources and models, the development of educational materials, and the continuation of an award-winning Web site link to folk educational resources. (Multistate)
Dance Heritage Coalition, Inc.
To support a touring exhibition across the United States in conjunction with Dance Heritage Coalition's recent initiative, America's Irreplaceable Treasures: the First 100. The exhibition will consist of traditional, vernacular and theatrical American dance, documenting its achievements and innovations. (Multistate)
George Washington University (on behalf of Center onAging, Humanities and Research)
To support a three-year study on the Impact of the Arts on Older Americans to measure and evaluate the effects that professional arts programming has on the quality of life for older adults.
Heritage Preservation, Inc.
DISCIPLINE/FIELD: Visual Arts
To support conservation assessments for public art supported by the National Endowment for the Arts' Art in Public Places Program. Over 461 sculptures commissioned by organizations and communities in 44 states and the District of Columbia between 1967 and 1992 are eligible for such conservation. (Multistate)
National Performance Network, Inc.
New Orleans, LA
To support the second year of the National Arts Administration Mentorship Program, a program to explore leadership development through mentorship. The project will extend five existing six month mentoring relationships to full one-year placements, analyze case studies, and share information with the arts field through presentations and publications. (Multistate)
Folk Arts Infrastructure Initiative
Arizona Commission on the Arts
To support a Basketweavers Gathering. The two-day event is structured with both public and private technical assistance workshops and will culminate with a public market.
Davis & Elkins College
To support the creation of an on-line folk arts gallery and educational CD-ROMs. These activities will honor and make accessible the work of many of the best traditional artists in the state.
Florida Division of Historical Resources
To support the Folkife in the Parks, Folklife Apprenticeship and Folklife Days Initiatives. The programs will result in greater institutionalization of folklife throughout the state.
Indiana Arts Commission
To support a program manager under the Traditional Arts Indiana Initiative. The program manager responsibilities include programming at the Indiana State Fair, development of a craft marketing program, and a state arts apprenticeship program.
Institute for Community Research
To support the basic costs of the statewide folk arts program, including partial salary of the program director. Core activities will be maintained and special projects in archiving, education and fieldwork are planned.
Iowa Arts Council
Des Moines, IA
To support the re-establishment of the Iowa Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and other related costs. The apprenticeship program is a time-honored way for master artists to pass their skills on to apprentices within their community.
Kentucky Arts Council
To support a folklorist position and other related costs. The additional position will result in stronger state-wide outreach programs that will help communities realize the potential of folklife programs.
Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, Division of the Arts
Baton Rouge, LA
To support Phase IV of the Louisiana Voices Folklife in Education Project. The project offers a blend of high tech and low tech resources that, in addition to providing lessons in folklife, offers teachers strategies to meet social studies and English language arts content standards using technology enhancements.
Maine Arts Commission
To support the Community Folklorist-in-Residence and the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. These programs are designed to bring recognition to local traditions and to honor and support the artists that continue to practice these traditions.
Maryland State Arts Council
To support year one of Maryland Traditions. Recognizing the need to coordinate and expand folklife activities in Maryland, folklorists will be placed in three central institutions that serve rural and underserved regions presently challenged by demographic and cultural shifts.
Massachusetts Cultural Council
To support the expansion of the Folk Arts & Heritage Program. Expansion of the program will include the launching of traditional arts apprenticeships and artists fellowships.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
To support an audio tape tour, a public gathering and a series of workshops for presenters on the Delmarva Peninsula. These activities are designed to promote and preserve the traditional cultural resources of Delmarva heritage and tourism. (Multistate)
Minnesota State Arts Board
St. Paul, MN
To support professional development workshops for performing folk artists and presenters. All training will be provided by American Traditions, a program of the Southern Arts Federation.
New Hampshire State Council on the Arts
To support the Outreach to Rural Communities Program. The project will consist of the development of an educational Web site, technical assistance programs for agricultural fairs, and fieldwork for a statewide exhibit exploring domestic crafts and interiors.
New Mexico Arts Division
Santa Fe, NM
To support the Folk Arts Apprenticeship and Community Fieldworker Network Programs. The agency's folk arts coordinator seeks practitioners along with other applicants to the apprenticeship program with the assistance of the Community Fieldworker Network.
New York Folklore Society
To support the director of services position and other related costs. The inclusion of this position has allowed the New York Folklore Society to provide direct services to geographical areas and underserved cultural groups that would not normally have access to folk arts programming.
North Dakota Council on the Arts
To support the North Dakota Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and other related costs. The apprenticeship program allows master traditional artists to pass their knowledge and skills to apprentices in an intensive one-to-one teaching/learning situation.
Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association
To support the administrative capacity of the Basketweavers Association. Funding will provide the Association with operational support in their transition from a start-up to a more mature organization and will nurture a stable, long-term financial support base. (Multistate)
Ohio Arts Council
To support the establishment of an Ohio Heritage Fellows Program. These activities will help to assure that folk and traditional arts will hold a vital place in the artistic and cultural endeavors of the Arts Council, as well as those carried out by other organizations in the state.
Oklahoma Historical Society
Oklahoma City, OK
To support a folklife director position and other related costs. The folklife director will be responsible for creating and maintaining a database of folk and traditional artists and overseeing efforts to identify those people through fieldwork.
Oregon Historical Society
To support the Oregon Folklife Program Director position and other related costs. The director will maintain the Society's ongoing programming and will develop and expand efforts in the areas of community outreach, technical assistance and arts education.
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
To support the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program and other related costs. This program will provide apprenticeship participants with promotional and educational materials and will showcase them at local and regional festivals.
South Carolina Arts Commission
To support the continuation of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative, the Institute for Community Scholars Program, the Heritage Corridor fieldwork coordinator position and other related costs. The continuation of these programs will strengthen the increasing interest in traditional arts programming across the state.
South Dakota Arts Council
To support the redevelopment of the Folk Arts Program. Activities will include the State Arts Apprenticeship Progam, fieldwork and an exhibit.
Southern Arts Federation, Inc.
To support Series II training for graduates of the American Traditions: Professional Development for Touring Artists and Performing Arts Presenters Program. Completion of Series II training will broaden graduates self-management, content interpretation, performing, and marketing skills and techniques. (Multistate)
Tennessee Arts Commission
To support a folklife program assistant position and other related costs. The folklife program assistant will be involved in archival reorganization and database development.
Texas Folklife Resources
To support the reinvigoration of the Texas Folklife Resources Apprenticeship in the Folk Arts Program. Apprenticeships will be awarded to master artists and apprentices in major urban centers and in rural or underserved communities throughout Texas.
Utah Arts Council
Salt Lake City, UT
To support a series of concerts and virtual and audio tours at the Chase Home Museum of Folk Arts. This project is designed to strengthen Chase Home programs by providing the kind of expanded and higher-profile programming opportunities for artists to present their work.
Vermont Folklife Center
To support the New England Folklore Fieldwork Initiative. This initiative consists of a two-day symposium which will offer professional development opportunities for regional cultural specialists and people outside the field who are interested in the documentation of local culture. (Multistate)
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy
To support a Virginia folklife program director and other related costs. The folklife program director will rebuild the folklife program by creating a program that will serve the cultural and artistic needs of Virginia's diverse communities, drawing on the rich resources of the Commonwealth.
Washington State Arts Commission
To support a Gathering of Northwest Native American Wood Carvers. The workshops will focus on issues relating to the protection, promotion and preservation of wood-carving traditions.
Wisconsin Arts Board
To support Wisconsin Folks: Traditional Artists and Their Cultures. An on-line curriculum/directory of traditional and ethnic artists will be written for a fourth and fifth grade audience of students and teachers.
Wyoming Arts Council
To support a series of regional meetings for professional folklorists to assess needs and prospects for the support and celebration of folk arts in Wyoming. The meetings will result in the development of a priority list of constituent needs, systematic strategies and legislative support for a state-supported folklorist position.
American Composers Forum
St. Paul, MN
To support the continuation of Continental Harmony, a commissioning and composer residency program in geographically diverse, rural and urban, underserved areas of the country. The program celebrates each site's sense of community through musical creativity. (Multi-state)
Meet the Composer, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the fifth year of the Commissioning Music/USA program. This landmark program engages consortia of music organizations in the commissioning of new American works, provides creative opportunities for emerging composers, promotes wider knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American works, and encourages organizations to work together to strengthen the American musical repertoire. (Multi-state)
National Symphony Orchestra Association
To support the continuation of the NSO American Residencies program that will involve performances by the full orchestra, small ensembles and individual musicians working in tandem with local arts organizations throughout the state of Oklahoma in March 2001.
NEA/DORIS DUKE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
To support the continuation of JazzNet, a jointly funded initiative with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation designed to strengthen the field of jazz by providing the country's leading jazz presenters with multiyear artistic and administrative resources to increase commissioning, residencies, and educational and community-based programming.
American Jazz Museum
Kansas City, MO
Contemporary Arts Center (consortium)
New Orleans, LA
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
Newark Public Radio/WBGO
Painted Bride Art Center (consortium)
San Francisco Jazz Organization
San Francisco, CA
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
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