Folk & Traditional Arts: FY 2009 Grants
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
Access to Artistic Excellence
| Access to Artistic Excellence II
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Access to Artistic Excellence
(March 10, 2008 deadline)
African Caribbean Dance Theatre, Inc.
To support the 13th Annual Florida African Dance Festival. The event will include workshops in dance and drum taught by African immigrant artists as well as a final performance concert.
American Focus, Inc.
To support completion of the documentary film Masters of the Building Arts. The film will celebrate and explore the artistry and skill of master craftspeople in the building arts.
Appalshop, Inc. (on behalf of WMMT)
To support the Traditional Music Project's education program. Low-cost and free classes in traditional Appalachian string band music will be provided to school-aged youth and community members.
Asian Americans United, Inc.
To support the 14th Annual Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival. The festival will take place in Philadelphia's Chinatown in the fall of 2009 and will feature a day of arts and craft activities and performances.
Bangor Folk Festival (aka American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront)
To support the 2009 American Folk Festival. Successor to the National Folk Festival, the event will present more than 150 traditional musicians, dancers, and craftspeople.
Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts
New Bedford, MA
To support the 2009 Working Waterfront Festival. The festival will present, interpret, and celebrate the occupational culture and artistic traditions of New England's commercial fishing community and other port industries.
Documentary Arts, Inc. (Consortium)
To support the completion, publication, and distribution of Traditional Music in Texas: A Learning Resource. The book, which includes CDs and DVDs by Alan Govenar, will focus on the diversity of community-based folk and traditional artists across the state.
Eldridge Street Project, Inc. (aka Museum at Eldridge Street)
New York, NY
To support the ninth Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival. The event, organized by the Museum at Eldridge Street, will celebrate the traditions and art forms of the Lower East Side's Chinese and East European Jewish communities.
Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
To support the Community Traditional Arts Exposition and Education Program. The project will preserve the traditional arts and culture of Fruitvale, an ethnically diverse Oakland neighborhood, by presenting cultural traditions through exhibits, festivals, and hands-on activities.
Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum
To support the Alaska Native Art and Artists Program. The project will employ artists to demonstrate, interpret, and lecture on tradition-based arts.
Gamelan Sekar Jaya
To support residencies for master artists from Indonesia in celebration of the organization's 30th-anniversary season. The guest artists will lead intensive rehearsals and classes, perform in major international festivals and other performances, and conduct educational activities.
Historical Association of Southern Florida, Inc. (aka Historical Museum of Southern Florida)
To support Black Crossroads: the African Diaspora in Miami. A series of presentations will educate youth and museum visitors about the presence, impact, and variety of traditional art forms practiced in Miami's diverse black communities.
Houston Institute for Culture
To support Houston Meet Houston: The Houston Music Project. The project will document and present music from the diverse cultural groups in the city of Houston.
Institute for Cultural Partnerships
To support Creativity as Catalyst in Community: An Exhibition of Traditional Arts of Pennsylvania. The project will include an exhibition that will travel statewide and present traditional artists whose work exemplifies Pennsylvania's traditions.
International Accordion Festival
San Antonio, TX
To support the International Accordion Festival. The project, in its ninth year, will explore the instrument's local identity and global reach in a weekend-long series of concerts and workshops.
Iroquois Indian Museum
Howes Cave, NY
To support Haudenosaunee Dance Traditions. The project will include a series of weekend-long dance demonstrations.
Jubilee Community Arts, Inc. (aka Laurel Theater)
To support traditional music programming at the Laurel Theater. The project will support performances, broadcasts, research, and documentation of traditional music.
La Frontera Mariachi Conference, Inc. (aka Tucson International Mariachi Conference)
To support the Tucson International Mariachi Conference. The conference will be designed to perpetuate traditions of mariachi music and dance through workshops, performances, and a festival.
Lensic Performing Arts Center Corporation (aka The Lensic)
Santa Fe, NM
To support the ninth annual Nuestra Musica festival of nuevomexicano music. The project will present a series of performances by some of New Mexico's most accomplished traditional musicians, with additional performances especially designed for area schoolchildren.
Los Reyes de Albuquerque Foundation
To support Ochenta Anos. The project will be an expansion of musical outreach presentations that will include community programs and a concert honoring NEA National Heritage Fellow Roberto Martínez, with documentation of the programs and concert.
Louisiana Folk Roots, Inc.
To support the 2009 Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week. The project will present a comprehensive cultural immersion program that teaches, interprets, and celebrates Cajun and Creole cultural heritage.
Maimouna Keita School of African Dance, Inc.
To support Sila Djiguiba, the 17th Annual African Dance and Drum Conference. The project will present dance, drum, and song styles rooted in a variety of cultures of the African Diaspora.
Michigan State University (on behalf of Michigan State University Museum)
East Lansing, MI
To support the expansion of the exhibit Michigan Eats: Regional Culture through Food. New material will be added to the current exhibit to include information about farmers markets and the butchers, bakers, and restaurants that serve Michigan's diverse ethnic communities.
Michigan State University (Consortium)
East Lansing, MI
To support the 2009 Great Lakes Folk Festival. A collaboration with the City of East Lansing, the festival will showcase traditional cultural treasures of the nation's Upper Midwest and provide a sampling of the best traditional artists from around the country and the world.
Museum of the New South, Inc. (aka Levine Museum of the New South)
To support the Newcomer Project online exhibit. The project will document and present the continuity and change of cultural expressions among immigrant communities in an online exhibit.
To support Ramayana: An Indian Epic. Drummer I Wayan Budha and dancer Ni Ketut Masekan, both from Bali, will add authenticity to the unique Balinese performance.
National Council for the Traditional Arts (aka NCTA)
Silver Spring, MD
To support the 71st National Folk Festival in Butte, Montana. The project will present a broad array of traditional music and dance, as well as workshops, narrative stages, craft demonstrations, and regional folklife areas.
Northern Michigan University
To support the second Living Traditions Weekend. The project will consist of concurrent events, the Upper Peninsula Folk Festival and the Learning to Walk Together Traditional Powwow.
To support the Alaskan-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Centennial: A Living Legacy. The project will present the ethnic and traditional groups that were first presented at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exhibition.
Northwest Heritage Resources
Mountlake Terrac, WA
To support production of an audio cultural heritage tour guide for Washington's Cascade Loop Highway. The project will document the traditional artists and the culture they represent along Route 97A and Route 153, from Wenatchee to Winthrop, and compile this information into an audio driving guide.
Northwest Indian College
To support Maintaining and Expanding the Traditional Art of Coastal Salish Basketry. The project will offer instruction in weaving baskets to Native Americans through conferences.
Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association
To support the 2009 Annual Gathering of the Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association. The project will present an opportunity for indigenous weavers to share basketweaving techniques with each other and the general public.
Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
To support Folk Masters in Residence. The project will offer extended teaching residencies for traditional musicians scheduled to perform at the school.
Philadelphia Folklore Project (Consortium)
To support Art Happens Here. In collaboration with the Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble the project will present Philadelphia folk artists to audiences throughout the region and enhance the presentations with publications, broadcasts, and online exhibits.
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance, Inc.
To support Celebrando 2009, Bomba and Plena of Mayagüez. Artists associated with the project will work with the dance troupe Los Tambores de Félix Alduén to learn the authentic dance, music, and history of bomba and plena from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and will perform the dances.
Qi Shu Fang's Peking Opera Association, Inc. (aka Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Company)
To support the Ninth Annual Peking Opera Festival. The project will present selections of Peking Opera and enhance the presentations with lectures, English supertitles, and collaboration with a prominent Peking Opera performer.
Radio Bilingüe, Inc.
To support ¡Viva el Mariachi! Festival and Musicians' Workshops 2009. The festival will showcase local, national, and international mariachi groups while also providing workshops for youth and community members.
Sones de Mexico Ensemble
To support Beyond the Music. The project will include a series of lectures, workshops, and discussions on Mexican folk music, dance, and culture.
Texas Folklife Resources (Consortium)
To support Yard Show. In collaboration with the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, the project will present a touring exhibit featuring the work of Texans who transform their yards into memorials, sacred spaces, sculptural fantasies, and landmarks.
Voice of Roma
To support the 13th Annual California Herdeljezi Festival. The festival will honor ethnic Romani (Gypsy) heritage with the celebration of the Romani holiday Herdeljezi.
Washington State Historical Society (aka State Capital Museum)
To support With Our Hands: World Folk Art Traditions of Washington State. The project will present a folk arts demonstration, an exhibit, catalogue, teachers' workshop, and public lectures.
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (aka Washington State Parks)
To support multicultural festivals, concerts, and folk arts presentations. The program will produce a series of events in Washington's state parks that will feature the cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest.
Wisdom of the Elders, Inc.
To support the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association Festival and Symposium. The project will present a festival featuring Native American storytellers, drumming, and dance, as well as a traditional salmon dinner honoring tribal culture-bearers.
World Music Institute, Inc.
New York, NY
To support Music of Africa and the Middle East. The project will feature musicians and dancers from Ghana, Mali, Senegal, South Africa, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria.
Number of Grants: 44 Total Amount: $1,005,000
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