Folk & Traditional Arts: FY 2010 Grants
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
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Access to Artistic Excellence II
(August 13, 2009 deadline)
Abadá-Capoeira San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
To support the Spirit of Brazil Festival 2010. The festival will expand the public's awareness of Brazilian folk arts through a series of performances, lectures, and workshops.
Alianza Dominicana, Inc.
New York, NY
To support Conjunto Folklorico, a dance, instrument, mask-making, and arts and crafts apprenticeship project. The apprenticeship activities will be enhanced by instructing students in traditional 19th-century African Dominican games.
Allegheny Echoes, Inc.
To support Allegheny Echoes Summer Workshop. The project will instruct the region's youth in traditional Appalachian music and poetry and maintain the traditional arts of West Virginia and Appalachia.
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.
Alliance for California Traditional Arts (Consortium)
To support a program for consultancies, mentorships, and technical assistance for folk artists and organizations. In partnership with the California Arts Council, the project will support the alliance's administrative capacity.
American Folklore Society, Inc.
To support the Best Practices Technical Assistance Program. The project will provide technical assistance and cultural expertise to folk and traditional arts organizations throughout the country.
American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (aka AHSGR)
To support Dutch-Hop Polka, a tri-state project documenting and presenting a regional tradition. The organization will research this unique form of music and dance and present its findings through a symposium and a series of performances.
Angkor Dance Troupe, Inc.
To support the Outreach to Communities Project. The project will present a full performance of classical and folk Cambodian dance to underserved communities in Massachusetts.
El Cerrito, CA
To support the digitization of the Strachwitz-Fronteria Collection of Mexican and Mexican American recordings. The project will preserve the collection of vernacular music and make these recordings accessible online through a searchable bilingual website.
Arkansas State University
State University, AR
To support the Arkansas Folklife Program. The project will document traditional arts and artists in the state and present the information through publications, recordings, and public programs.
Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division
To support the Mongolian Cultural Heritage Program. The project includes a series of public presentations that will raise awareness of traditional Mongolian culture.
Blue Ridge Traditional Arts, Inc. (aka Blue Ridge Music Center)
To support the Roots of American Music Tour. The project will present a concert tour of traditional musicians, in conjunction with an exhibit at the Blue Ridge Music Center and the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Bowery Arts and Science, Ltd.
New York, NY
To support The Wor(l)d in New York: Poetry and Community. In partnership with Rattapallax, the project will celebrate ethnic poetry traditions in New York City with a series of readings, a web-based directory, and a bilingual anthology.
Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc.
To support Once Upon A Time in Brooklyn: Traditional Storytellers and Their Tales. The project will identify, document, and present traditional storytellers practicing their art in a natural context.
California Indian Storytelling Association
To support the Storytelling Festival: Following Ancient Trade Routes 2011. The project will facilitate a cultural exchange between Native storytellers from California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and New Zealand.
Cambodian-American Heritage, Inc.
Fort Washington, MD
To support dance and music instruction in the Cambodian traditional arts. The project will preserve traditional arts for Cambodian American youth as well as present Cambodian art and culture to the community.
Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces Foundation (on behalf of Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference)
Las Cruces, NM
To support the 17th Annual Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference. The project will showcase traditions of mariachi music and Mexican folkloric dance through workshops, performances, and a festival.
Center for Southern Folklore
To support Urban Memphis and the Rural Delta, Its Voices and Its Beats. The project will organize and digitize a large collection of material documenting the lifestyles and traditions of Memphis and the surrounding rural area.
Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Inc. (aka CTMD) (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support the An-sky Initiative for Jewish Culture. In collaboration with the Center for Jewish History, the project will document and present Yiddish performing traditions found in New York City
Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Inc. (aka CTMD)
New York, NY
To support the Community Cultural Initiatives. The project will identify, document, and present traditional artists from immigrant and ethnic neighborhoods throughout the New York City metropolitan area.
City Lore, Inc.
New York, NY
To support Telling Stories: Exploring Culture through the Arts. The project will integrate folk arts and community study with grade-level social studies, art, and language arts curriculum units.
City of Tarpon Springs, Florida (on behalf of Tarpon Springs Cultural Treasures Program)
Tarpon Springs, FL
To support the Tarpon Springs Greek Folk Arts Initiative. The project will revitalize the traditional Greek culture of Tarpon Springs through public programs, a festival, and workshops featuring local and Grecian folk artists.
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, Inc. (aka CSV)
New York, NY
To support Fiestas Around the Year: Folk Arts and Festivals in Five New York City Communities. The project will present a series of day-long celebrations, marking holidays from various Latino communities in New York City.
Curators of the University of Missouri at Columbia (Consortium)
To support the 26th Missouri Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. In collaboration with the Missouri Arts Council, the project will fund master/apprentice partnerships to preserve artistic traditions.
Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company (aka Dakshina)
To support the 7th Annual Fall Festival of Indian Dance in Washington, DC. Dakshina's project will explore traditional dance forms from India and feature performances and workshops from noted Indian dancers.
Davis & Elkins College
To support the Augusta Folk and Traditional Arts Program. The project will perpetuate the folk arts of West Virginia and the nation through education, presentation, and documentation
Documentary Arts, Inc.
To support an updated version of the Masters of Traditional Arts DVD. The project will bring up to date the interactive DVD-ROM that chronicles the lives and artistry of the NEA National Heritage Fellows.
Erie Art Museum (aka ClaySpace)
To support Old Songs New Opportunities. The ClaySpace project will provide training for refugee women to work in daycare centers and use their indigenous children's songs and games to provide childcare and preserve traditions.
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College Foundation (aka Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture)
To support BomPlenazo 2010, the Sixth Biennial of Afro Puerto Rican Culture. The project at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture will focus on Puerto Rican music and dance, with an emphasis on traditions particular to Mayaguez.
Fell's Point Creative Alliance, Inc.
To support Songs on the Wind - Mexico to Maryland Huichol Songs, Shamans, and Sacred Art. The project will present the cultural traditions of the Huichol people of Mexico through artist residencies, an exhibition, and public programs.
First Peoples Fund
Rapid City, SD
To support Empowering Native Artists: First Peoples Funds Native Artists in Business Leadership and Cultural Capital. The project will support a two-year, twofold plan to provide Native American artists with career development training.
Florida Department of State/Division of Cultural Affairs (on behalf of Florida Folklife Program)
To support the Florida Folklife Program. Core activities will include fieldwork, the Folklife Apprenticeship Program, and the presentation of Florida folklife through festivals and exhibits.
Gamelan Sekar Jaya (aka GSJ)
To support residencies for master artists from Indonesia. The guest artists will conduct a series of residences, create new work, and share these cultural riches with audiences, artists, and students.
George Washington University
To support the Coharie Heritage Empowerment Program. The project will provide instruction in traditional art forms, including storytelling, quilting, basketry, and carving to at risk youth of the Coharie Tribe.
Historical Association of Southern Florida, Inc. (aka Historical Museum of Southern Florida)
To support the Florida Jai-Alai Project. The project will document the traditions associated with the sport of jai-alai in Florida with artifacts, interviews, and photography.
Hmong Cultural Center Inc.
Saint Paul, MN
To support the Hmong Marriage Song Class program. The project will teach teenagers and young adults the songs associated with traditional Hmong marriage ceremonies.
Houston Arts Alliance
To support the Houston Folklife and Traditional Art Program. The project will identify, document, and present the varied folklife found in Houston.
Idyllwild Arts Foundation
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. (aka ICR) (Consortium)
To support the Southern New England Apprenticeship Program. In collaboration with the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the program will bring together artists and apprentices from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
Institute for Community Research, Inc. (aka ICR)
To support the Cultural Heritage Arts Program (CHAP). The project serves as the official statewide folk arts program.
Khmer Arts Academy
Long Beach, CA
To support Cambodian classical dance training. The program will include master/apprentice training and public performances for the Long Beach Cambodian community and beyond.
Kunqu Society, Inc.
To support the presentation of The Jade Pin. The project will include a full performance of the 17th-century Kunqu classic, as well as a workshop and lecture-demonstration related to the opera.
La Troupe Makandal, Inc.
To support the Tanbou program. The project provides weekly workshops in traditional African Haitian drumming to children, students, and adults.
Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support the Local Learning in Lafayette Folk Artist Integration Project. In collaboration with the Acadiana Arts Council of Lafayette, Local Learning will train teams of educators and folk artists to design and produce classroom residences.
Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education
New York, NY
To support the inclusion of folk arts in education. The project will sustain and expand folk arts in education by connecting educators and students with folklorists, folk artists, and folk arts materials and training.
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center (Consortium)
San Pablo, CA
To support the Cultures of Mexico Outreach program. In collaboration with the Migrant Education Program Region 1, the project will use traditional Mexican music and dance to examine cultural identity among Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans.
Los Pleneros de la 21, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the Puerto Rican Music Project. The program will include a touring and residency project, bomba and plena community workshops, a Fiesta de Cruz, and a Fiesta Navideña.
Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance
Old Town, ME
To support the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and the Maine Indian Basketmakers Gathering/Festival. The project will support basketmakers and apprentices in traditional ash and sweetgrass basketry of Maine's Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot tribes
Mainstreet Uptown Butte, Inc.
To support the First People's Gathering at the 72nd National Folk Festival. The project will feature Montana's Indian tribes in the festival program, and provide broader exposure for Montana's Native artists and craftspeople.
Matsutoyo Kai (aka Minyo Station)
To support The Japanese Folk Music and Dance Festival. The project will present Japanese folk music and dance performed on traditional Japanese instruments and feature a guest artist from Japan.
Michigan State University (on behalf of Michigan State University Museum)
East Lansing, MI
To support the 2009 Apprenticeship and Heritage Program. The Michigan State University Museum project will provide support for the Michigan Traditional Arts Program which manages the state's folklife program, including the state's apprenticeship program.
Mind-Builders Creative Arts Co.
To support the Dr. Beverly Robinson Community Folk Culture Program. The project will train interns to identify, document, and present folk artists in their communities.
Nebraska Folklife Network, Inc.
To support the Nebraska Folklife Network Infrastructure. The project will continue operation of the Nebraska Folklife Network, the state's folk arts program.
New York Folklore Society, Inc. (Consortium)
To support Conversations across Communities: Linking Latinos in New York State. In collaboration with Long Island Traditions, the project will convene a series of meetings of Latino folk artists from various locations across New York.
New York Folklore Society, Inc.
To support Folk and Traditional Arts Infrastructure. The project will continue a full-time folklorist position.
North Carolina Folklife Institute
To support the Infrastructure Program. The project will continue support for staff positions and facilitate folklife research and archival projects across the state.
North Carolina Folklife Institute (Consortium)
To support the North Carolina Heritage Arts Initiative: Warren, Vance, and Halifax Counties. In collaboration with the Warren County Memorial Library, the project will research, document, and present traditional artists and their art from northeastern North Carolina.
Northern Michigan University (on behalf of Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center)
To support the third annual Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival. Northern Michigan University, on behalf of the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center, will present a folk festival celebrating the cultural diversity of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Northwest Folklife (aka Northwest Folklife Festival)
To support Northwest Stories. The project will document the stories of people who live in the Pacific Northwest and present these stories at the 40th Northwest Folklife Festival.
Northwest Heritage Resources (Consortium)
Lake Forest Park, WA
To support the Folk and Traditional Arts Infrastructure Program. In collaboration with the Washington State Arts Commission, the project will provide support for staff and expand and develop awareness of heritage traditions throughout the state.
Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc. (Consortium)
To support the Cultural Heritage Support Project. In its second year, the project will strengthen collaboration with local ethnic communities, enhancing educational and performance programs.
Painted Sky, Inc.
To support the Painted Sky Northstar Moveo Dance Company. The project will use traditional Native American music and dance to educate youth about their culture and heritage.
Philadelphia Folklore Project
To support the Folk Arts House program. The project will include technical assistance workshops for folk and traditional artists, and will feature local artists presenting their work in small settings.
Public Art Films, Inc.
New York, NY
To support In Search of Finah Misa Kule: Voice of a King. The project will provide for post-production of a documentary film that chronicles the efforts to reconstruct an ancient epic.
Radio Bilingüe, Inc. (Consortium)
To support radio coverage of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival's First Nations of Mexico. The project will broadcast performances, artist interviews, and commentary on the Native Mexicans featured in the Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife.
Raíces Latin Music Museum
New York, NY
To support the preservation and exhibition of the Raíces Latin Music Collection. The project will catalogue, conserve, and exhibit selected artifacts from the collection that will underscore the impact and influence of Latin music.
Sones de Mexico Ensemble (Consortium)
To support La Hora del Son, a weekly radio program. In collaboration with Radio ARTE, the project will present a radio series featuring traditional Mexican music.
Texas Folklife Resources (Consortium)
To support A Place at the Table: Foodways and Folkarts. In collaboration with the Texas Commission on the Arts, the project will use foodways as an entry point for researching the diverse ethnic groups in Texas.
The Pipers' Gathering
South Ryegate, VT
To support a series of workshops, symposia, and concerts featuring bellows-blown bagpipes. The project will celebrate traditional music from the British Isles and Europe, and offer instruction in playing and maintaining bagpipes.
Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, Inc. (aka TAUNY)
To support TAUNY Program Planning and Implementation. The project will evaluate current programs, explore new programming possibilities, and undertake field work and related activities to support the organization's schedule.
University of Alabama (on behalf of University Museums)
To support Fusing Red Earth. The museum project will examine traditional and contemporary ceramics of southeastern Native Americans in a gathering of artists, tribal representatives, scholars, and educators.
University of Maine (on behalf of Maine Folklife Center)
To support the Maine Song and Story Sampler. The project will develop a website with downloadable audio and video recordings of traditional songs and stories from the Maine Folklife Collection.
University of South Carolina Research Foundation
To support Diverse Voices: Discovering Community Through Traditional Arts. The project will reinstall the traditional and folk art collections of the University of South Carolina McKissick Museum and make the collections more accessible.
US-China Arts Exchange Center, Inc.
To support the 16th Annual Chinese Cultural Arts and Variety Show. The project will present the Cantonese Opera Riboud and Diao Chan.
Utah State University (Consortium)
To support a folklorist position. In collaboration with the Utah Arts Council, the project will support a folklorist based at Utah State University to document traditions in the Great Basin/Rocky Mountain region of northern Utah and southeastern Idaho.
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.
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 join dedicated apprentices with accomplished older artists in face-to-face settings.
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy (aka Virginia Folklife Program)
To support the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program. The program will ensure that Virginia's folkways continue by engaging new learners and reinvigorating master practitioners.
Ward Foundation, Inc. (aka Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art)
To support Carving Out Future Decoy Makers at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. The project will work with regional arts organizations and master decoy makers throughout the United States to facilitate the training of aspiring carvers in creating functional hunting decoys.
World Music Institute, Inc. (Consortium)
New York, NY
To support the World Music American Touring Consortium 2010-2011. In collaboration with World Music America, the project will present national tours of ensembles representing cultural traditions from three continents.
Number of Grants: 80 Total Amount: $2,419,000
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