FY 2007 Grant Awards:
Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grants
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
All grants are for $10,000.
To support DesignAlabama Mayors’ Design Summit, a workshop that provides mayors with the opportunity to work with design professionals on specific issues facing their communities. Communities from throughout Alabama, particularly those with less than 20,000 people, will be selected to participate.
To support the commission of commemorative civil rights sculptures designed by artist Tina Allen. The artwork will be a tribute to the four girls killed in the historic 1963 Birmingham church bombing.
Rural Members Association, Inc.
To support the Freedom Creek Blues Festival. The event will be held at the home of Willie King in rural Old Memphis, Alabama. Proposed artists include Jody Williams, Jerry "Boogie" McCain, and Willie King and The Liberators.
Pier One Theatre, Inc.
To support violinist Paul Rosenthal, flutist Gary Stroutsos, and conductor/composer Bob Richardson as guest artists of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra during the Summer Music Festival. Mr. Stroutsos will also participate in a community lecture and performance prior to the concerts.
Borderlands Theater Teatro Fronterizo, Inc.
To support the Native American Initiative, including a mainstage production with student matinees of Dust Eaters by Julie Jensen. The project will also support the commission of a play about the lives of American and Mexican Indians who live on the Tucson/Mexico border.
John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum
To support a performance by musician Robert Mirabal and the Rare Tribal Mob, serving surrounding Navajo and Hopi Nations populations. Mirabel blends traditional American tribal music with influences from the contemporary cultural life of American Indians.
Hopi Sipaulovi Village
Second Mesa, Arizona
To support Experiencing the Arts, a series of multidisciplinary workshops led by guest artists. Activities include the creation of a wall-sized community map, workshops with basketweavers, and production of a short dance piece.
Yavapai College Foundation
To support the series of readings and discussions titled Community and Words: Deepening the Dialogue. Authors Leslie Marmon Silko, Luis Urrea, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sherman Alexie will present readings of their work and participate in public discussions.
Yuma Fine Arts Association, Inc.
To support the exhibits of works by artists from Tucson and Phoenix representing the Chicano culture of rural southwestern Arizona. Exhibited artists will give workshops about how their art relates to the rich diversity of the indigenous community.
3rd I South Asian Independent Film
San Francisco, California
To support the Annual San Francisco South Asian International Film Festival.
The festival will screen films and host workshops by media artists from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, England, Canada, and the United States.
African American Art and Culture Complex
San Francisco, California
To support the AfroSolo International, a series of four presentations by solo artists. Spoken word artists Lemn Sissay, Yossi Vassa, Danny Beaty, and Aya de Leon will participate in performances and community workshops.
API Cultural Center
To support the Lunar New Year Festival. Featuring Bay Area artists, festival activities will showcase artistry of the Pan-Asian community, including Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions.
Arab American Congress of Silicon Valley
San Jose, California
To support the Arab Film Festival. The festival will screen independently-produced feature films and documentaries that explore Arab history, culture, and contemporary life.
Arab Cultural Center
San Francisco, California
To support the U.S. debut concert of Algerian Amazigh vocalist and musician, Takfarinas. Takfarinas’s concert and outreach activities will increase awareness of the Amazigh people, who have lived for thousands of years on land in Morocco, Libya, and Algeria.
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
San Francisco, California
To support the Annual United States of Asian America Festival. The festival will present arts programs featuring contemporary Asian American artists and arts organizations at various San Francisco venues.
Collage Dance Theatre
Los Angeles, California
To support My Beowulf, a contemporary rendition of the Old English fable. Featuring the ensemble One Step Ahead, participants will create a work that places the fable of Beowulf in contemporary hip-hop culture.
Los Angeles, California
To support LA Commons in MacArthur Park. LA Commons will engage youth of a largely Central American immigrant population in the creation of public art projects. Local guest artists will be selected to lead the youth through the design and fabrication process.
To support the design and installation of a wheelchair accessible ramp for the Crucible Facility in West Oakland. Youth from McClymonds High School will work with experienced Crucible artists to use welding, torch cutting, and blacksmithing techniques in building the ramp.
Developmental Disabilities Service Organization, Inc.
To support the design, fabrication, and installation of ceramic mosaic murals in the La Sierra Community Center. Artists Kyveta Dupree and Valentino Fernandez will lead adults with disabilities and special education students in the creation of the murals.
Great Leap, Inc.
Los Angeles, California
To support Collaboratory, an intensive performing arts workshop for emerging artists of color taught by guest artists. The workshops culminate with three performances of new work created by the participants.
La Pocha Nostra Intercultural Performance & Community Arts
San Francisco, California
To support the development of a new work, La Nostalgia/Nostegee. In collaboration with Native American multimedia artist James Luna, writer Guillermo Gomez-Pena will develop a theatrical production reflecting similarities between their Latin and Native American experiences.
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
To support the Traditional Music Workshop, offering such classes as vocal technique, songwriting, and auditioning techniques. The main teaching framework will incorporate traditional African American spirituals. The project will also offer an evening musical featuring acclaimed local talent including Edwin Hawkins.
Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, Inc.
To support marketing and productions costs for the Guitar Under the Stars Festival. An evening of Spanish/Latin flavor guitar music featuring The Hartford Festival Orchestra and guitarist Daniel Salazar will be promoted to attract visitors to downtown Hartford's recently developed access to the Connecticut River.
Emerald City Opera
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
To support the production of Falstaff and related outreach activities. The performances and educational programs featuring nationally recognized guest artists are intended to make opera more accessible to this rural northwestern Colorado community.
To support performances by conjuto musicians Jesse Borrego, Jr. and Rio Rami during the Chicano Music Festival. The project will also include workshops to foster interaction between local musicians and master performers.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
City Arts, Inc.
To support the creation of a public artwork at the Earth Conservation Corps campus located in Southeast DC. Professional artists, including lead artist Byron Peck, and student apprentices will create and install mosaic sculptures depicting the history of the Anacostia waterway.
Emmaus Services for the Aging, Inc.
To support the Emmaus Grace Gospel Jubilee. The event features national and local talent performing for a largely senior citizen audience.
ACA of Central Florida, Inc.
To support An Evening of Indian Music. Violinist L. Shankar, trained in the classical Carnatic music of southern India will be featured in a concert of traditional Indian music for Central Florida audiences.
Lake Worth, Florida
To support a commissioned theatrical presentation, A Harvest of Voices. Core Ensemble, with guest playwright Akin Babatunde, will collect oral histories and local stories from residents in rural central Florida to create a full-length music theatre work.
Broward Public Library Foundation
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
To support the Pan African Bookfest & Cultural Conference. Project activities will include author readings, workshops, discussions, and literary character reenactments.
Fort Pierce Jazz Society, Inc.
Fort Pierce, Florida
To support jazz outreach to youth from local organizations including the Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County, Avenue D Boys Choir, and Teen Drum Line. Participating artists include jazz musician T.S. Monk, the Yellowjackets, organist Joey DeFranco, and vocalist Nicole Yarling.
Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Inc.
To support OceanDance featuring DanceBrazil. The free performances are presented on a stage constructed on Hollywood beach. DanceBrazil is renowned for its blend of capoeira, Afro-Brazilian, and modern dance.
Albany Symphony Association, Inc.
To support a series of concerts featuring a winner of the International Sphinx Competition, a competition that promotes the careers of African American and Latino string players. Concerts will be presented for students and community members located in a predominately rural area of Georgia.
American Jewish Committee
To support the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. The festival will include film presentations and panel discussions with filmmakers, actors, and media experts exploring themes of Jewish culture, heritage, and history. Last year’s festival included Lesley Ann Warren and Theodore Bikel as guest speakers.
Atlanta Chinese Dance Company
To supporta dance concert Nu: Past and Present. Guest artists from the Atlanta Ballet, Dance China NY, and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago will perform and participate in dance classes that will explore the issues facing contemporary Chinese women living in America.
Clayton State University
To support the Spivey Hall Spring Bach Festival, a series of concerts and pre-performance lectures. Guest artists include Angela Hewitt, Christian Tetzlaff, Ensemble Corund, and Erik M. Suter who will perform for audiences drawn from eight metro-Atlanta communities.
NAMES Project Foundation
To support Call My Name, a series of quilting workshops targeted towards the African American community. The workshops will encourage dialogue about the AIDS quilt and related issues of recovery and loss.
Sautee Nacoochee Community Association
Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
To support the residency of writer and performer Jo Carson, in conjunction with her play Stories from a Goodly Portion of Beautiful Northeast Georgia. During Carson's residency, she will work with the cast, perform material from her previously written works, and present a community lecture.
Savannah College of Art and Design
To support the feasibility study and initial architectural planning for the adaptive reuse of the 1853 Central of Georgia Railway Depot as a museum. The building will serve as the future home of the Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies and the Evans African American Art Collection. Evans recently donated the art collection, valued between $7 and $10 million, to the college.
To support Na Mea No'eau, a series of workshops focusing on the making of hula implements, clothing, and adornments. Master Hawaiian artisans will participate in the project as workshop leaders.
To support the production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. The musical revue will be presented in Boise, and then remounted in the central Idaho town of Cascade.
Chinese Music Society
To support the opening concert of the Chinese Classical Orchestra's season. The program will include guest soloist Chen Yulin playing the gaohu, a Chinese bowed lute designed for Cantonese folk melodies and operas.
City of Bloomington
To support Aquila Theater Company's presentation of The Canterbury Tales. The company will provide an evening performance with a pre-show discussion, as well as an abbreviated educational performance for school children.
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
Park Forest, Illinois
To support the performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. The Philharmonic will collaborate with regional civic choruses for the production.
Jane Addams Juvenile Court Foundation
To support a tile mosaic project to be displayed in the Cook County Juvenile Court. Artist Carolyn Elaine will work with youth selected from the Cook County Probation Department's JumpStart Program to design and produce the mosaics.
To support a series of holiday concerts featuring traditional Polish music. Performances will take place in Midwest cities with large Polish American populations, including Chicago, Detroit, and Milwaukee.
Natya Dance Theatre
To support a collaboration with guest artist Padmashree Smt. Kumundini Lakhia of India to create an evening length work. Lakhia is a master of Kathka, a classical dance tradition in India that weaves stories from dance, music, and mime.
Western Illinois University
To support the presentation of a jazz concert series. Duffy Jackson, The Jeff Hamilton Trio, and Johnny Trudell will each be presented during one of three festivals held in McDonough County.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington
To support the Crestmont Boys and Girls Club’s design of a public art work, the Bike Archway Project. Youth, parents, and residents of Crestmont, a public housing neighborhood, will work with professional artist Joe LeMantia to create a large scale sculpture using recycled scrap metal.
Fischoff National Chamber Music Association
Notre Dame, Indiana
To support a residency featuring CINCO Brass Quintet. A series of programs for audiences throughout Northern Indiana will include residency programs presented in schools, community centers, public libraries, and museums.
To support a touring exhibition featuring oversized panels depicting accomplished traditional artists from Indiana. These panels will be displayed in libraries and featured artists will present their art at select venues.
Ballet Wichita, Inc.
To support the dance ensemble Momix in performances and residency. Momix will participate in a residency and movement classes with students from area schools.
To support a performance and workshop by violinist Gil Shaham. Shaham will also present a master class prior to the concert.
Appalachian Heritage Alliance, Inc.
To support the Appalachian Circuit Writers. Kentucky authors will conduct readings of their work and provide writers' workshops at selected libraries in Eastern Kentucky.
Community radio station WMMT will work with traditional mountain arts presenters and communities across a five-county area in Southeastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia to develop and implement a promotional campaign to benefit the region's traditional music, dance, and culture.
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Inc.
To support shadow sign interpreters for Shakespeare in Central Park. Specially trained sign interpreters will be on stage accompanying the actors’ dialogue during these performances.
Maine Jewish Film Festival
To support the annual Maine Jewish Film Festival. Guest artists will be involved in post-film discussions and other programs including the Women Filmmakers Forum. Guest artists for 2006 included Arthur Joffé, Danae Elon, and Barbara Hammer.
Penobscot Marine Museum
To support an architectural design competition for a new building to house the Museum’s educational outreach activities.
VSA arts of Maine
To support A Matter of Perception, a juried exhibition of works by artists with disabilities. Additional activities include artist residencies, an artist panel discussion, and accessibility training for museum staff.
Prince Theatre Foundation, Inc.
To support performances of Workin' on a Building: Compositions of Black Life on Maryland's Eastern Shore by Marlon Saunders. The multi-media jazz presentation will be performed for youth and include lectures by Saunders, an accomplished vocalist whose family has lived in the area for many generations.
Shriver Hall Concert Series, Inc.
To support a residency with wind quintet Imani Winds. Activities include special performances at an elementary school, a master class, a lecture/demonstration, and a concert.
3rd EyE Youth Empowerment, Inc.
New Bedford, Massachusetts
To support a performance and lecture by spoken word artist KRS One. The project is part of the annual 3rd Eye Open Hip Hop Festival to be held in New Bedford for the benefit of local youth.
Blues Trust Productions, Inc.
To support Boston Blues Week. The week-long event will include performances, among others, by Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin at the Hatch Memorial Band Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.
Cultural Organization of Lowell
To support an opening event for the Jack Kerouac On the Road Scroll Exhibition. Selected artists and youth will participate in a public art exhibit, writing workshops and a spoken word performance highlighting the opening of an exhibition of work by Lowell's native son, Jack Kerouac.
Hyde Square Task Force, Inc.
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
To support the Hyde Square Task Force Youth Community Muralists. Working with muralist Roberto Chao, selected youth will design and fabricate a mural to celebrate the contributions of immigrants and youth to Boston's Jamaica Plain/Roxbury neighborhood.
Nuestras Raices, Inc.
To support the creation and display of a mural and traditional vejigante paper mache carnival masks of Puerto Rico. Artisan Angel Sanchez Ortiz will work with youth in the creation of the mural and masks that will be featured in the Nuestras Raices Harvest Festival.
Zeiterion Theatre, Inc.
New Bedford, Massachusetts
To support the presentation of Betsy, a work created in collaboration between New York-based Pregones and Kentucky-based Roadside theater companies. Artists from the theater companies will also work with at-risk youth to gather personal stories; explore the musical heritage of country, jazz, and Latin music with local bands; and work with school teachers to identify positive ways to engage students through music and drama.
Detroit Receiving Hospital
To support the creation and installation of a mural titled Healing. Detroit artist, Hubert Massey will create a mural fresco for installation at the Detroit Receiving Hospital, which has a longstanding commitment to using the arts as a companion to patient healing.
Jefferson East, Inc.
To support the Fourth Annual Jazzin' on Jefferson Festival. The festival celebrates the jazz and blues heritage of Detroit and the nation by presenting local as well as nationally known artists.
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
To support the Orchestra’s Rural Community Tour featuring a guest artist. The orchestra, with featured guest soprano Alfrelynn Roberts, will perform in southwest Michigan towns.
Northwestern Michigan College Foundation
Traverse City, Michigan
To support a concert series to include world music from Africa and Japan. Connecting the series to planned exhibitions, the museum will present African Guitar Summit from Toronto, Japanese taiko ensemble Kiyoshi Nagata, and noted contemporary jazz pianist Bob James and the Shanghai Angels.
Royal Oak, Michigan
To support an artist residency with TerpTheatre entitled Sounds of Silence, designed to deepen arts engagement within the local deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. Residency activities will feature an audience development initiative including American Sign Language performances, actor training workshops, and a symposium.
To support the Waterfront Film Festival. Festival activities include question and answer sessions with filmmakers and an outdoor film screening.
Ananya Dance Theatre
To support the premiere of Pipaashaa, an evening-length, Southeast Asian dance theater composition. The work presents a contemporary interpretation of the Indian classical dance form Odissi, and will include guest artist Shubha Mudgal, a classical Indian composer and vocalist.
Red River Valley Center at Moorhead
To support Pangea, a series of performances, workshops, and exhibits that celebrates the region’s cultural density. Bosnian wood carver Izudin Becic will be one of the exhibited artists.
St. Cloud Civic Orchestra Association
St. Cloud, Minnesota
To support a concert by the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra featuring guest clarinetist Burt Hara. At the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown St. Cloud, Mr. Hara will conduct a master class prior to the concert.
University of Missouri-Rolla
To support the Leach Theatre School Outreach Program. Rain Art Productions and San Jose Taiko will be presented in a series of performances for school children.
Alberta Bair Theater Corporation
To support the Big Sky Dance Project featuring guest dance companies, the Alvin Ailey II Dance Company and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The companies will participate in public performances, school shows, and master classes.
Billings Cultural Partners
To support Bring IT On, a cultural marketing initiative. The technology based project will promote area cultural and arts events of the 25 partner organizations to the 400,000 residents in the surrounding region.
Great Falls Symphony Association, Inc.
Great Falls, Montana
To support the Orchestra Residencies Program with violinist Midori. Residency activities include performances and workshops with both the Great Falls Symphony and the Great Falls Regional Youth Orchestra.
Whitefish Theatre Co.
To support performances by folkloric quartet Cascada de Flores. The quartet will present an afternoon concert for disabled community members.
Museum of Nebraska Art
To support the exhibition of work by Nebraska native, painter Barbara Takenga. Additional programming will include a discussion with the artist, a Family Activity Day, and distance education sessions using webcast technology.
Community College of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
To support the New Music Festival featuring guest artists. Artists of international stature will present concerts, recitals, and lecture/workshops for audiences of southern Nevada, including high school and college students.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Inc.
Fort Lee, New Jersey
To support the Year of the Boar Celebration. Participants will include hammered dulcimer artist SiSi Chen, dancer Yao Zhong Zhang, and choreographer Min Zhou.
Lensic Performing Arts Center Corporation
Santa Fe, New Mexico
To support the presentation of Nuestra Musica, a festival of nuevomexicano music. The festival will feature performances by some of the state’s traditional musicians.
Mimbres Region Arts Council, Inc.
Silver City, New Mexico
To support the Youth Mural Project. Students will be paired with professional artists, local historians, and community elders to produce murals that express aspects of the cultural history of the Grant County Region.
OFFCenter Community Arts Project
Albuquerque, New Mexico
To support an exploration of the Virgin of Guadalupe within contemporary visual arts. Guest artist Yolanda Lopez will participate in activities including an exhibition, presentations, workshops, and tours of Virgin of Guadalupe's images in Albuquerque.
American Dance Asylum, Inc.
Corning, New York
To support outreach activities with guest companies the Martha Graham Dance Company and Philadanco. The activites, including lecture-demonstrations, will take place in the rural communities of Cambridge and Alfred that have limited access to dance presentations.
Catskill Mountain Foundation, Inc.
Hunter, New York
To support the Mountain Culture Festival. Entering its seventh year, the annual summer event promotes regional craft and performing artists and draws an audience of more than 6,000 to the area.
New York, New York
To support the restoration of the Mosaic Bench at Grant's Tomb, first created in 1974. Pedro Silva, the artist who created the bench, will work with community members to repair damaged tile, grout, and mortar.
Creative Arts Workshops for Kids
New York, New York
To support the Summer Arts Jobs Program for Teens. Teens ages 14-17 will be hired to participate in either theatrical performances with a local theater company, or hired to work on a mural with a professional visual artist. Since 1999, the organization has run the successful youth arts employment program.
Essex County Arts Council, Inc.
Westport, New York
To support the publication of the Adirondack Arts Directory and Cultural Event Master Calendar. The materials, that will be made available both in print and on the Web, represent over 250 cultural organizations, individual artists, and other entities producing and presenting the art and culture of the Northern Adirondacks.
Paramount Center for the Arts, Inc.
Peekskill, New York
To support the One World Arts & Culture Fest, a festival celebrating multiethnic cultures. The project features performances, an exhibition, workshops, and master classes.
Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Inc.
New York, New York
To support the production of Macbeth to be staged at Riverbank State Park. The presentation is part of the Harlem Summer Shakespeare Project, a community outreach project designed to bring free theater to the Harlem community.
New York, New York
To support the performance of a new work by African American composer Joyce Solomon Moorman. The performance will take place at St. Gabriel's Church in Brooklyn.
Second Generation Productions, Inc.
New York, New York
To support the premiere of Made In Taiwan. Playwright Michelle Krusiec will star in this dark, comedic, coming-of-age tale.
Greensboro Symphony Society, Inc.
Greensboro, North Carolina
To support the Community Gospel Concert. Several hundred choristers will be led by composer, pianist Richard Smallwood in celebration of the anniversary of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.
Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Hendersonville, North Carolina
To support the presentation of German Requiem by Brahms. Related activities include a panel discussion prior to the performance and a master class with guest soloists Erin Kelly and Joshua Copeland.
Tryon Fine Arts Center
Tryon, North Carolina
To support performances by the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company. Activities will include Q&A sessions with the artists, a children’s performance, and a viewing of the film The Dance Maker.
Fargo Moorhead Opera Company
Fargo, North Dakota
To support a concert performance of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi. The performance will also be presented in a community on the outskirts of Fargo in an effort to introduce new audiences to opera.
East Central University
To support the presentation of Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago Project. The project will include an evening performance and an afternoon performance targeted to public school audiences.
City of Estacada
To support the Estacada Summer Celebration. The event will include performances and exhibitions by regional musicians and visual artists during the open-air festival held in downtown Estacada.
Well Arts Institute
To support Arts and Health: Together Creating Community. The project will introduce artists, health care professionals, and the public to the benefits of the arts in healthcare through performances, workshops, and follow-up consultations.
To support JazzArtSigns, a multimedia performance. The live presentation will incorporate the work of various guest artists, as well as American Sign Language interpreters and a professional audio describer, into an interdisciplinary performance.
Community Arts Center
To support the Chester Youth Mural Project. Muralist Paul Downie will assist Chester youth design and fabricate murals for placement in selected Chester neighborhoods.
Gamut Theatre Group, Inc.
To support a production of The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare. The professional production is an outdoor event that will tour to surrounding rural communities.
Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial
To support the Community Arts Festival. Guest artists will lead printmaking, painting and drawing workshops, and present dance performances for students and their families.
Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation
Columbia, South Carolina
To support the South Carolina Design Summit. The symposium will be led by Joseph P. Riley, Mayor of Charleston, and feature nationally recognized community design professionals. Scholarships will be provided for community leaders from rural towns.
Sumter Gallery of Art
Sumter, South Carolina
To support Force of Nature, an exhibit showcasing Japanese artists whose work focuses on the relationship between man and nature. Featured artist Yamamoto Motoi will travel to the museum to create a site specific work.
Actors Co-op, Inc.
To support the presentation of Landscape With Stick Figures, a project about school violence. Author Alan McGaw will be in residence to assist the company in the production of this docu-drama about a fictional school shooting.
Knoxville Museum of Art
To support the exhibition SubUrban: Tim Davis. The guest artist will participate in the opening of the exhibit, a lecture about his work, and an artist residency with inner city high school students.
Amarillo Little Theatre, Inc.
To support a concert featuring musical theater artist, Brian Stokes Mitchell. The event, offered as a celebration of the arts, will bring this nationally known artist to an audience drawn from 26 counties in the Texas Panhandle.
Arlington Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc.
To support the development of professional marketing materials to increase visibility for local artists and arts organizations. Materials will include a web site and community calendar of events that will promote local organizations such as Symphony Arlington, The Gallery at University of Texas at Arlington, and the Metropolitan Classical Ballet.
Arlington Museum of Art, Inc.
To support Surface Tension, a visual arts exhibition. The exhibition, featuring Texas artists whose work addresses concepts involving consumer culture, will take place in the museum’s Joyner and Denke Galleries. Potential artists include William Cannings, Jonas Criscoe, Wes Heiss, Etty Horowitz, and Kathy Webster.
Cine Las Americas
To support the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival. The festival will showcase films, including documentary and dramatic features, shorts, and youth cinema made by or about Latin American and indigenous peoples of the Americas.
City of Encinal
To support the design and installation of a new work of public art. Artist Deborah Mersky will work with local young artists to product laser-cut steel artistic panels for installation on the façade of the Ruth Carr building in Encinal.
To support the production of The Emperor's New Clothes. This musical adaptation by Hope Shiver, featuring choreographer George Carlos Henderson, will be presented during the summer of the theatre's 16th anniversary season.
Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts
To support First Friday Art Trail, a series of monthly arts events that promotes the arts in downtown Lubbock and the surrounding area. Free trolleys will run continuously to transport attendees among the participating Art Trail venues.
South Texas Institute for the Arts
Corpus Christi, Texas
To support an exhibit of works by Billy Hassell and related activities including films on conservation and storytelling about natural Texas habitats. The organization will partner with BayFest, the region’s largest festival, in order to foster increased awareness of the museum’s programs and services.
VSA arts of Texas
To support a feasibility study for a new facility. The study will determine the best location, size, and configuration of a facility that will house educational programs, exhibitions, and performances for this organization’s ongoing work to benefit people with disabilities.
Moab Music Festival, Inc.
To support select concerts featuring guest artists at the Moab Music Festival. Guest artists will include pianist Timothy Fain, violinist Leslie Tompkins, and cellist Karen Gomyo.
Orchestra of Southern Utah
Cedar City, Utah
To support the Global Music Suite Festival and related programming. Pianist Marshall McDonald and cellist Steven Nelson will create a composition for the festival and perform work at select local schools.
Salt Lake Arts Council Foundation
Salt Lake City, Utah
To support Living Traditions: A Celebration of Salt Lake's Folk and Ethnic Arts. Nationally recognized artists and local artists, including craftspeople, dancers, and musicians identified with the assistance of the staff folklorist of the Utah Arts Council, will share contemporary customs founded on local heritage.
West Valley City, Utah
To support a folk and ethnic arts festival. Activities will include performing arts presentations, craft demonstrations, and children's storytelling. Anticipated artists include Ballet Folklorico Citlali and Vientos Del Sur.
Downtown Petersburg Inc.
To support the Halifax Jazz & Blues Music Festival. Scheduled to take place in the Halifax triangle in front of the historic Rialto Theatre, the festival will feature both national and local talent. Artists under consideration include Deborah Coleman and James “Saxmo” Gates.
Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia
To support concerts and lectures by the Vanbrugh Quartet. The Irish musicians will perform school and evening chamber music concerts for rural communities.
Richmond Philharmonic, Inc.
To support Celebrating Spanish Culture Through Music. The orchestra will present concerts designed to increase knowledge of Spanish orchestral music and other cultural traditions.
Sycamore Rouge, Inc.
To support the enhancement of the city's new arts district through increased signage and lighting. The increased visibility of the arts district will encourage public awareness of the arts in Petersburg.
Tamworth Music Festival
To support the Staunton Music Festival. Featured artists include soprano Amanda Balestrieri, violinist Florian Deuter, and the ensemble Music from China.
Methow Music Festival Association
To support International Connections - From the Met to Methow. The program will present mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and accompanist Lauran Mitchelmore.
Northwest Symphony Orchestra
To support Celebration, a project celebrating the organization’s 100th performance of a work by a northwest composer. Project activities include a concert by local contemporary composers and outreach with underserved Highline School District students.
Tacoma Opera Association
To support the production of Carmen by George Bizet. Vocalists Randolph Locke and Sarah Mattox will be featured in this partnership with Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, California.
Waukesha Symphony, Inc.
To support the performances of a piano composition for the left hand titled Seven Last Words by Daron Hagen and performed by guest artists Joel Fan. The symphony will invite organizations that work with people with disabilities to the final dress performance.
Wausau Dance Theatre, Inc.
To support the presentation of Sleeping Beauty and related outreach programming. In addition to student and public performances offered by the theater, the Marathon County Public Library Systems and Leigh Woodson Art Museum will offer companion programming on various aspects of dance.
Wisconsin Rural Challenge, Inc.
To support the Painted with Love Project. Working with disabled high school students, the program will design and create a large mural which will be placed prominently in the community.
Young Musicians, Inc.
To support the Music, Arts, and Technology Camp. At the culmination of the camp, adult and students will present a series of concerts for the public.
TOTAL GRANTS AWARDED: 136
TOTAL DOLLARS AWARDED: $1,360,000
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