Folk & Traditional Arts: FY 2008 Grants
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
Access to Artistic Excellence
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Access to Artistic Excellence
(August 13, 2007 deadline)
Alabama Folklife Association, Inc. (Consortium)
To support the identification and documentation of traditional artists and artistic resources. With the Alabama Center of Traditional Culture, activities will include additional fieldwork and the development of educational materials in preparation for the 2010 Smithsonian Folklife Festival featuring Alabama traditions.
Alliance for California Traditional Arts (Consortium)
To support the provision of significant information about statewide traditional artists, activities, and resources via its website and monthly e-newsletter in consortium with the California Arts Council.
Alliance for California Traditional Arts
To support the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. The project will facilitate intensive learning and cultural transmission for qualified apprentices by master-level artists in one-on-one pairings and support a two-day artists' gathering and public exhibition.
Arkansas State University
State University, AR
To support the Arkansas Folkife Program. The project will include fieldwork, public presentations, and technical assistance to organizations and individuals.
Arts Center of Cannon County
To support the Springfed Media/Cedar Glades Productions Documentary Project. The project will support the preservation, production, and distribution of documentary films about the region's folk culture.
Bowery Arts and Science, Ltd. (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support completion of the documentary DeAF Jam. In collaboration with American Focus, the project will highlight deaf artists performing their poetry in American Sign Language.
Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc.
To support Brooklyn Days of the Dead. The project will include fieldwork resulting in concerts, demonstrations, and symposia that will acquaint the public with the traditions of death in various cultural groups residing in Brooklyn.
California Indian Storytelling Association
To support the Indigenous Voices: Following Ancient Trade Routes Project. The project will facilitate a cultural exchange between Native storytellers from California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and New Zealand.
Cambodian Association of Illinois
To support the Khmer Spirit Arts Education Program. In collaboration with Cambodian-American Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial, the project will create a museum-based youth arts curriculum, teacher training, and artist-in-residence program.
Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Inc. (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support the New York World Music Festival: Music and Dance Around the Black Sea. In collaboration with Lotus Fine Arts, the project will educate the public on the diverse cultural traditions around the Black Sea and celebrate New York's cultural diversity.
Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the Community Cultural Initiative (CCI) in Peruvian, Chinese, and Ukrainian communities. The program is designed to nurture and preserve community-based artistic documentation and the presentation of projects in immigrant and ethnic neighborhoods throughout the New York metropolitan area.
City Lore, Inc.
New York, NY
To support Abkua, Palo, and Vodou: African Cultural Expressions from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. The project will use cultural expressions, including sacred drumming, poetry, and visual art to show African connections between the three Caribbean nations.
City Lore, Inc. (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support Second Harvest: Revisiting the Wellsprings of American Folk Tradition. In collaboration with the Western Folklife Center, the project will produce a series of radio segments for Weekend All Things Considered, an hour-long piece for American Radio Works, and a Web exhibit for the City Lore and Western Folklife Center's Web sites.
City of New York, New York
New York, NY
To support the Exploring Cultures Through the Arts residency program. The New York City Department of Education will implement and document artists-in-residency programs in elementary schools.
Cultural Resources, Inc.
To support Story Bank. The project will provide community members with training to document local stories and present them to a wider audience.
Curators of the University of Missouri at Columbia (Consortium)
To support the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. In collaboration with the Missouri Arts Council, the project will include field work to identify new master artists and apprentices
Davis & Elkins College
To support the Augusta Folklife Program. Activities will include the West Virginia Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program, a scholarship program, the Old-Time Fiddler's Reunion, and folklife documentation.
Documentary Arts, Inc.
To support the documentary series Masters Among Us: The National Heritage Fellowships. The project will complete television pilots, featuring recipients of NEA's National Heritage Fellowships, for national broadcast.
Florida Department of State/ Division of Historical Resources (on behalf of Florida Folklife Program) (on behalf of Florida Folklife Program)
To support the Florida Folklife Program's Folk and Traditional Arts Infrastructure program. Core activities will include fieldwork, the Folklife Apprenticeship Program, and the Folklife InReach Educational Program.
Folklore Village Farm, Inc.
To support the 2008 Midwest Folklife Festival. The project will highlight the Upper Midwest's multicultural heritage.
To support the preservation of and public access to documentary films. The project will support the conservation and Web videostreaming of significant folk culture films.
Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Inc.
Fort Wayne, IN
To support Advancing the Afrikan American-Mande Musical Cultural Forum. The project will support an artist's residency to teach traditional percussive arts and dance of Guinean culture.
Fund for Folk Culture
To support the development of educational material and an information network that will link donors and nonprofit folk arts organizations. The educational and training materials will be available online to further the reach of the project.
Hmong Cultural Center, Inc.
Saint Paul, MN
To support the Hmong Funeral Songs Instruction Program. The project will teach teens and young adults the songs associated with traditional Hmong funeral ceremonies.
Idyllwild Arts Foundation (aka Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program)
To support the Native American Arts Program and Festival. The project will foster cross-cultural understanding through a series of workshops and performances featuring Native American artists.
Institute for Community Research, Inc. (Consortium)
To support the Southern New England Apprenticeship Program. A collaboration with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the program will bring together master artists and apprentices from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
Institute for Community Research, Inc.
To support the Cultural Heritage Arts Program. The project serves as the official statewide folk arts program.
Kalihi-Palama Culture & Arts Society, Inc.
To support the Kalihi-Palama Folk Arts Training Program. The project will provide instruction in music, dance, and crafts of the traditional Asian/Pacific cultures found in Hawaii.
Khmer Arts Academy
Long Beach, CA
To support the Classical Dance Training & Performance Program. The program will include master/apprentice training and public performances for the Long Beach Cambodian community.
Kunqu Society, Inc.
To support lecture-demonstrations and a performance of the art of Kunqu. The project will raise awareness of a form of traditional Chinese theater proclaimed by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible artistic heritage of humanity.
La Troupe Makandal, Inc.
To support the Haiti Drum and Dance Project. The project will present a series of workshops focusing on the traditional drum and percussion music of Haiti to foster an appreciation of the art form.
Los Reyes de Albuquerque Foundation
To support Nuevomexicano folk traditions and performances of the Entriega de los Novios. Nuevomexicano folk traditions include songs and dances of colonial New Mexico and Entrigega de Los Novios is a traditional ceremony for newlyweds using improvised sung verse.
Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance
Old Town, ME
To support the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and Maine Indian Basketmakers Gathering/Festival. The project will support basketmakers and apprentices in the traditional ash and sweetgrass basketry of Maine's Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, and Penobscot tribes.
Mainstreet Uptown Butte, Inc.
To support the First People's Gathering to be held in conjunction with the 70th National Folk Festival in Butte, Montana. The project will present the art and culture of Montana's Native American artists to the public.
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders
New York, NY
To support the Teaching Artist Development project in the Mexican immigrant community of New York City
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
To support a traditional arts apprenticeship and heritage program, as well as an exhibition and related publications. The project will support programs to identify, preserve, and present the cultural heritage of the state.
New York Folklore Society, Inc.
To support services to folk artists and folk arts organizations in the Capital District of upstate New York. The project will provide professional development services, field research, and ethnographic assistance to community-based, nonprofit organizations.
New York Folklore Society, Inc. (Consortium)
To support a Latino Folk Arts Conference. In collaboration with Long Island Traditions, the project will support planning for a statewide symposium that will examine the folk art of the state's various Latino communities.
Ninos de Nueva Esperanza, Inc.
Sabana Seca, PR
To support Bomba Dancing into a New Generation. The project will provide instruction in the art of the bomba, a traditional music and dance form, to an underserved community in Puerto Rico.
North Carolina Folklife Institute
To support the infrastructure program. The project will enhance support for folklife documentation and heritage initiatives in the state.
North Carolina Folklife Institute (Consortium)
To support the African American Heritage Music Project. In partnership with the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the project will complete the documentation of African American artists, events, sites, and venues in the eastern region of the state.
Oklahoma Historical Society (Consortium)
Oklahoma City, OK
To support the Oklahoma Folklife Infrastructure Program. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Folklife Council, the project will support staff and activities that will cultivate and preserve Oklahoma's folklife.
Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
To support the La Pena Music and Dance series. The project will increase programming and strengthen the relationship with Chicago's Latino communities.
Oregon Historical Society (aka OHS)
To support the Oregon Tribes Project. The project will support a traveling exhibit that will highlight the culture and history of the state's federally recognized tribes.
Philadelphia Folklore Project
To support the Folk Arts House program. The project will include technical assistance workshops for Philadelphia-area folk and traditional artists and will feature local artists presenting their work in small settings.
Point Community Development Corporation (aka THE POINT) (Consortium)
To support a permanent exhibition titled From Mambo to Hip Hop. In collaboration with Public Arts Films, the exhibition will include photographs about mambo, salsa, and hip-hop; screenings of the documentary film From Mambo to Hip Hop: A Bronx Tale; an interactive kiosk; and live performances.
Purple Silk Music Education Foundation, Inc.
To support The Purple Silk and Spring Thunder Concert Series. The project will enable students from the Purple Silk Music Education Foundation (PSMEF) to learn from, rehearse with, and perform alongside artists from the Spring Thunder Chinese Music Association.
Radio Bilingüe, Inc. (Consortium)
To support Art Moments on Radio. The project, in collaboration with the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, is designed to support a series of radio programs featuring traditional artists.
Redhawk Indian Arts Council, Inc.
To support Native American Heritage Celebrations in the Lower Hudson Valley. The project will support performances by Native American traditional artists and dance companies.
Richmond Renaissance, Inc. (aka Venture Richmond)
To support the Richmond Folk Festival. The project will support an event designed to capitalize on the success of the National Folk Festival's three-year run in Richmond.
Salt Lake Arts Council Foundation
Salt Lake City, UT
To support the Living Traditions Festival: A Celebration of Salt Lake's Folk and Ethnic Arts. The project will present traditional crafts, dance, music, and foods of the ethnic groups that make Salt Lake City their home.
Sweetwater Union High School District
Chula Vista, CA
To support Learning from the Masters. The project will provide students the opportunity to learn from working professionals in the genres of mariachi and ballet folklorico.
Texas Folklife Resources
To support The Big Squeeze film project. The project will produce and edit a documentary film on young accordion players participating in the Accordion Kings & Queens Festival and competition.
The National Network for Folk Arts in Education (aka National Network for Folk Arts in Education) (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support the Folk Artist Training Institute: Preparing Traditional Artists to Work in Classroom Settings. In collaboration with La Troupe Makandal, the project will include a program to develop the effectiveness of folk artists in the classroom.
The National Network for Folk Arts in Education (aka National Network for Folk Arts in Education)
New York, NY
To support an expansion of the Folk Arts in Education network. The project will connect educators and students to folklorists and folk artists through publications, Web sites, and workshops.
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX
To support Buthan Festival 2008. The project will support a performance and a series of educational workshops presented by Bhutanese traditional artists.
University of Wisconsin at Madison
To support the Norwegian American Folk Music: Preservation and Access Project. The project will locate dispersed archives of Norwegian American folk music and make the work available to the general public through the creation of a virtual archive.
Vermont Folklife Center
To support the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. The project will ensure the continuity of folk and traditional arts by supporting projects that pair dedicated apprentices with accomplished older artists in face-to-face settings.
Vermont Folklife Center (Consortium)
To support Envoye A Maison: A Franco American Homecoming. In collaboration with Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, the project will support a series of public programs designed to invigorate folk arts in the New England region.
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy
To support the Folklife Apprenticeship Program. The program will ensure that Virginia's folkways receive new life and vibrancy by engaging new learners and reinvigorating master practitioners.
Ward Foundation, Inc. (aka Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art)
To support instruction in the skills of traditional duck decoy carving. Resulting work will be judged at the 2008 Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo, the Ward Museum's fall waterfowling event.
West Plains Council on the Arts, Inc.
West Plains, MO
To support the Building Capacity for Cultural Conservation through Public Presentation Program. The project will build upon research, completed over the previous year by community folklorists, and further cultural conservation in the Ozarks of south-central and southeast Missouri.
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Inc. (aka WheatonArts)
To support the Asia to America: Celebrating Indian Traditions and Culture in New Jersey Project. The project will raise awareness of the rich heritage and cultural diversity of New Jersey residents who trace their ancestry to India.
World Music Institute, Inc. (aka WMI) (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support the World Music America Touring Project 2008-2009. In collaboration with World Music America, the project will present national tours of ensembles representing cultural traditions from four continents.
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