Folk & Traditional Arts: FY 2008 Grants
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
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(March 12, 2007 deadline)
African Caribbean Dance Theatre, Inc.
To support the 11th Annual Florida African Dance Festival. The event will include workshops in dance and drum taught by African immigrant artists as well as a final concert.
Alabama Folklife Association, Inc.
To support the Alabama Community Scholars Institute 2008. The project, held on the campus of the University of South Alabama, will introduce community scholars to the subject of folklore.
Asian Americans United, Inc.
To support the 13th Annual Mid-Autumn Festival. The traditional lunar festival, held in Philadelphia's Chinatown, will feature lantern-making, calligraphy, printmaking, martial arts, Chinese opera, and traditional music and dance, as well as performances by young people and community members.
Bangor Folk Festival (aka American Folk Festival)
To support the Bangor Folk Festival. The festival, held along the Penobscot River, will feature folk musicians, dancers, and craftspeople who will present numerous performances, workshops, and demonstrations at no cost to attendees.
California Indian Basketweavers Association
To support the 18th Annual California Indian Basketweavers Gathering. The gathering brings together both experienced and novice weavers to share their artistry with each other and the public, sell and exhibit their work, and discuss issues important to their traditions.
Calista Elders Council, Inc.
To support the Yupiit Yuraryarait dance festival. The Yupiit Yuraryarait, held approximately every four years, brings together elders, youth, and Yup'ik dancers in Alaska's Yukon Kuskokwim region to learn about, preserve, and celebrate their living Yupi'k culture.
Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces Foundation (on behalf of Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference)
Las Cruces, NM
To support the Mariachi and Folkloric Dance Program for young people and adults at the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference. Workshops taught by mariachi and folkloric dance professionals will focus on the history, techniques, theory, and cultural relationship of mariachi music and Mexican folk dance.
City of Galax, Virginia
To support traditional music programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center. The state-of-the-art performing arts facility and future museum preserves, celebrates, and showcases Virginia's unique and important music history.
To support the 2008 Cityfolk Festival. The festival will feature a variety of music, performances, and visual arts from across the country including appearances by several NEA National Heritage Fellows.
Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Mass
New Bedford, MA
To support the 2008 Working Waterfront Festival. The event will celebrate the occupational culture and artistic traditions of New England's commercial fishing community.
Friends of the New Jersey State Museum
To support Jersey Folk: Identities, Communities, and Traditional Arts. Jersey Folk is the centerpiece project for the reopening of the New Jersey State Museum which is currently undergoing extensive renovations.
Greater Lowell Regatta Festival Charitable Foundation
To support the Lowell Folk Festival. The annual festival continues to show the extraordinary quality of ethnic American arts, reflecting the cultures of Lowell on its stages as well as in its craft areas and foodways.
Homowo African Arts & Cultures
To support Africa on the Move. The project will bring together traditional music and dance from Ghana and American jazz in an exploration of the connections between the two art forms.
Houston Institute for Culture
To support the Folk Arts and Cultural Traditions of Houston: Who We Are project. Presenting a series of collaborative folk art events featuring hurricane survivors and longtime Houstonians, the project will showcase traditions such as storytelling, music, costume, foodways, and architectural crafts.
International Accordion Festival
San Antonio, TX
To support the 8th Annual International Accordion Festival. The festival is designed to celebrate the instrument's local identity and global reach and to preserve and present accordion traditions of ethnic, regional, and national cultures.
Jubilee Community Arts, Inc. (aka Laurel Theater)
To support traditional music programming in a weekly concert series and at the annual Jubilee Festival. Engaging performers on stage and in the field, Jubilee Community Arts works to promote, preserve, and present the traditional performing arts of the southern Appalachians.
Korean American Resource and Cultural Center
To support Spirits of Poongmul, a traditional Korean percussion ensemble production. Combining Korean percussive traditions with youth documentaries, the project will explore the history of Korean immigrants through interviews, photos, and historic artifacts.
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center (Consortium)
San Pablo, CA
To support the Cultures of Mexico in California Outreach Project. In collaboration with the California Migrant Education Program, the project will present performances of traditional Mexican music and dance, host screenings of Hispanic documentary films, and conduct workshops on the role of traditional arts in the community.
Media Working Group, Inc.
To support post-production of a one-hour documentary film titled The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance. The documentary will tell the story of a changing America through the lens of one of early radio's most popular and influential programs, "The National Barn Dance."
Mexican Heritage Corporation of San Jose (aka Mexican Heritage Plaza)
San Jose, CA
To support the 17th Annual San Jose International Mariachi Festival and Conference. With educational symposia, student mariachi workshops, student performances, and world-renowned mariachi performers, the festival continues to be the largest of its kind in California and a standard-bearer for mariachi festivals worldwide.
Michigan State University (Consortium)
East Lansing, MI
To support the Great Lakes Folk Festival. A collaboration with the City of East Lansing, the 2008 festival will showcase not only the traditional cultural treasures of the nation's Upper Midwest, but also a sampling of the best traditional artists from around the country and the world.
To support the Festival of Emerging Indian Artists. The festival will bring young Indian musicians to the professional stage to share their art with the Los Angeles community.
National Council for the Traditional Arts
Silver Spring, MD
To support the 70th Annual National Folk Festival. To be held in Butte, Montana in 2008, the festival is the longest running multi-ethnic traditional arts festival in the United States.
Northwest Heritage Resources
Mountlake Terrace, WA
To support the Native American Stories of Washington project. Professional audio recordings of the stories of Native American tribal elders will be produced to ensure the preservation of important oral cultural traditions.
Northwest Indian Colleges
To support the Traditional Art of Coast Salish Basketry program. Through a series of conference activities, practitioners and students will learn about the art of Coast Salish basketweaving in order to preserve this important component of Native American cultural heritage.
Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association
To support the 2008 Annual Gathering. Hosted by the Confederated Tribes of Chehalis, the gathering will offer an opportunity for indigenous weavers to showcase and sell their basketry, share techniques with one another and the public, and teach Native young people about the cultural and artistic significance of basketry.
Philadelphia Folklore Project (Consortium)
To support Art Happens Here, a festival and series of workshops. In partnership with Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble, the project will document and present folk artists to audiences through commissioned residencies in community sites and a culminating Art Happens Here weekend.
Plaza de la Raza Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
To support the annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration. Free to the community, the celebration is an artistic event that reflects Chicano and Mexicano cultural traditions on the Day of the Dead.
To support Dances Across Borders. Portland Taiko will create and premiere a performance work based on Japanese folk song and dance and the traditional roots of taiko drumming.
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance, Inc.
To support Celebrando 2008, Rediscovering Boriken. Through a series of master workshops and performances, the project will teach Taino (native Puerto Rican) traditions, history, music, and dance.
Qi Shu Fang's Peking Opera Association, Inc.
To support the 8th Annual Peking Opera Festival. The festival, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the founding of Qi Shu Fang's Peking Opera Company, will include celebratory performances of a number of new operas as well as old favorites, including The Monkey Thrice Defeats the White-Boned Demon.
Radio Bilingüe, Inc.
To support the Viva el Mariachi Festival 2008. The festival will showcase local, national, and international mariachi talent while also providing workshops for youth and community members to study with mariachi masters.
Sealaska Heritage Institute (aka Naa Kahidi Theater)
To support the Celebration 2008 Festival. Celebration is a biannual event designed to teach and preserve the cultural heritage of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Native people through dance and song.
Society of Kunqu Arts, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD
To support and preserve the performing arts of Kunqu, the oldest form of Chinese opera. The project will include a series of lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and a fully staged Kunqu performance.
Texas Folklife Resources (Consortium)
To support The South Texas Project: Apprenticeships and Folklore in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. The project is a collaboration with the Llano Grande Center for Research and Development that will culminate in performances, radio journalism training, and radio programming.
Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, Inc.
To support the development of a Web site module on the folk art of New York's North Country. The site will feature material from the TAUNY archives documented during the last 25 years, as well as new fieldwork, photographs, and video profiles of selected artists.
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
To support Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks. Featuring festivals, concerts, and storytelling evenings, the project strives to increase diversity in the parks, better utilize the state parks as venues for cultural activities, and increase the use of community cultural resources for interpretive purposes in the state parks.
Western Folklife Center
To support the Out West, Back East Tour. In honor of the center's 25 years of presenting the arts of ranch culture, the project will bring some of the West's most respected poets, narrators, singers, and songwriters to urban centers in the East, Midwest, and West for performances and short residencies.
World Music Institute, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the World Music Institute Festival of Brazil. The festival will introduce the musical traditions of Brazil to American audiences, including styles which are rarely heard outside of the artists' own villages.
Yorick's Productions (aka Yorick's Marionette Theater)
To support Art of Marionettes. The tour will bring hand-carved, wooden marionette performances to senior centers across New England.
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