Summary of Activities Relating to Older Americans: Fiscal Year 2001-2002
FY 2002 Grants
Caribbean Dance Company of the Virgin Islands, Inc., in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, received support for its 2002 Caribbean Dance Axis. The project provides performances at senior centers, universities, elementary schools, and public daycare centers.
Dance Alive!, Inc., in Gainesville, Florida, received a grant to expand its touring into rural and underserved areas of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana. The dance programs include work by resident choreographers, George Balanchine, and commissioned work by contemporary choreographers.
San Diego Dance Theater in San Diego, California, was awarded funding for the Dance Ability Project. This project partners dancers and choreographers of all ages with physical education teachers to create dances that generate performance opportunities for students with disabilities of the Oceanside School District.
Tigertail Productions, Inc., in Miami, Florida, and Florida Dance Association presented danceAble III, a five-day series of performances, workshops, panels and symposia dedicated to exploring and promoting dance for people of all ages with disabilities, during the Florida Dance Festival in Miami on June 24-29, 2002. The danceAble strives to broaden the definition of dance and to expand the understanding of who has access to dance. It recognizes the many health and creative benefits of dance and is targeted to a general dance audience, attendees of the Florida Dance Festival, health professionals, artists and individuals of all ages from the community.
Archeworks in Chicago, Illinois, was awarded a grant for the design and production of a prototype kitchen that is usable by everyone including individuals with physical disabilities. Archeworks is an alternative design school founded to initiate design solutions for intergenerational and underserved communities.
Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility in Berkeley, California, was awarded funds to support New Village Journal, a publication that presents case studies of grassroots projects concerned with cultural heritage and neighborhood spirit. These projects serve older adults, immigrant communities, children and youth, and will feature examples of cultural and physical renewal in some of the most challenged urban neighborhoods in America.
Mercy Housing in Flagstaff, Arizona, received funds on behalf of Indigenous Community Enterprises for a housing project designed for older Navajos that incorporates traditional Navajo dwelling designs with contemporary housing design features. Design workshops that include a variety of ages and cultural perspectives were conducted with older Navajos, tribal officials, community leaders, social service providers, facility managers, and family members.
Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, is developing a project, The Knowing Eye, which includes interactive learning spaces throughout the permanent collection of the RISD Museum. Its purpose is to encourage the active engagement of visitors of all ages with the exhibits.
VSA arts of Massachusetts in Boston, Massachusetts, received funding for expansion of its National Cultural Access Initiative. This initiative demonstrates the principles of universal design and creates opportunities for broad participation in the arts through a national tour of JazzArtSigns, a group that includes musicians, an improvisational painter, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, live audio description and text captioning, and program information in Braille and large print. It also provides a training videotape that is open-captioned and audio-described to introduce the concept of universal design to program presenters through affiliates in 28 states.
Los Reyes de Albuquerque Foundation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, received support to maintain nuevomexicano folk traditions and to present specially arranged performances of the Fiesta de los Novios at urban, rural, and Pueblo senior centers and child daycare centers.
Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance in Old Town, Maine, was awarded funds for the Next Generation Project, an intertribal/intergenerational initiative that engages tribal members between the ages of 13-30 in one-on-one apprenticeships with master weavers.
Richmond Art Center in Richmond, California, received a grant for its Quilt of Many Colors Project, a series of four curated exhibitions installed in the waiting room of Richmond's main public health facility. The project promotes the value of the arts in the healing process.
ARTREACH, Inc., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was awarded a grant for its Outreach Project, an expansion of ARTREACH's ticketing program. ARTREACH, Inc., coordinates, distributes, and donates tickets at significantly discounted prices for music, dance, and theater performances. The agency increases outreach to agencies that serve older adults, people with disabilities, and individuals with low incomes.
Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, acting as the lead organization in consortium with other groups, received funds for the Artists in Communities Training Program. Two 50-hour training sessions are offered to artists for training in arts education to serve residencies in multigenerational community settings across Philadelphia.
Class Acts Arts, Inc., in Silver Spring, Maryland, received a grant to expand outreach programs to underserved populations and develop access programs for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The project focuses on accessibility needs and includes workshops with master artists, new learning guides, and other support material for teachers.
Elders Share the Arts in Brooklyn, New York, completed Level 2 of its consortium project at the National Center for Creative Aging, an arts-in-aging training program. Project activities include the maintenance of current arts-in-training programs in five regions of the country, expanded training to additional cities, creation of a network newsletter, and the development of an online component that highlights model arts programs involving older adults.
National Book Foundation, Inc., in New York, New York, was awarded funding for its literary outreach programs that link National Book Award authors with underserved, intergenerational communities throughout the country. Programs include American Voices, which brings writers to Native American reservations nationwide, and a Summer Writing Camp for inner-city residents, whose ages range from 14 to 70.
Detroit Educational Television Foundation in Detroit, Michigan, received support to develop a documentary on Vietnam War veterans as artists.
Through the Green Door includes material from the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago where more than 140 artists' works are exhibited.
Jack Straw Memorial Foundation in Seattle, Washington, acting as the lead organization in a consortium with other groups, received funds to further its Blind Youth and Adult Audio Project. Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences presents a series of workshops that introduce people who are blind or partially sighted to the creative possibilities and latest techniques of audio production.
Community School of the Arts in Charlotte, North Carolina, created after-school and intergenerational arts programming with support from the Endowment. Children and adults from the Southside Homes public housing community participated in on-site workshops and classes in visual art, drama, and music.
Great Leap, Inc., in Los Angeles, California, received support for its multi-year project To All Relations: Re-spiriting Detroit. This intergenerational project focuses on community efforts to rebuild, re-spirit, and redefine Detroit utilizing dance, music, and storytelling to create a work entitled, "I Dream a Garden," a song written and performed as a community circle dance. Involving community groups, the Boggs Center, Detroit Summer, and the Matrix Theatre Company, the project engages older Americans as well as children and teens from the Asian American, African American, White, Latino, and Native American communities. Older adults are involved in the projects conception and implementation, serving as storytellers and dancers.
Little City Foundation in Palatine, Illinois, organized Have Art, Will Travel, a series of mobile arts classes that provide children and adults with developmental disabilities with instruction in the visual, performing and media arts.
Office of Human Concern, Inc., in Rogers, Arkansas, was awarded a grant on behalf of The Multicultural Center of Northwest Arkansas to support the Marshallese Traditional Arts Summer Program where older adults pass on dance, music, and handicraft traditions to their youth.
Senior Arts Project in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was awarded a grant for its Senior Arts Festival International. The project features a day-long, inter-generational celebration for the 350-member multigenerational audience, 95 percent of whom are older adults. Performances by six multi-ethnic performing groups, a series of workshops, and a social dance encourages broad audience participation.
Sheboygan Arts Foundation, Inc., in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, received funding on behalf of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center to support Connecting Communities, a series of five community-based residencies that facilitate collaborations between visual and performing artists and older audiences from Sheboygan County, the Hmong and Hispanic communities, industrial employees, and youth at-risk.
VSA arts of Washington in Seattle, Washington, received support for its Cultural Access Project of Washington State. The project increases access to arts organizations for older individuals and people with disabilities by assisting in the evaluation and education of organizations concerning access to all facets of their facilities and programs.
Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center, Inc., in Camden, New Jersey, received a grant to expand its artist residency and workshop program. Ten local and community teaching artists will work with underserved city residents including older adults.
Washington Chorus, Inc., in Washington, DC, received a grant to support its outreach and education program. Activities include free concerts for older adults and school choir workshops.
Young Audiences Inc., in New York, New York, was awarded funding for Family Link, a program providing underserved public school students and families with intergenerational arts education programming as well as access to New York City's cultural resources. The initiative provides public school students, teachers, and families with multicultural learning opportunities through in-school residencies, family workshops, and artist visits to performances.
Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California, organized the Regeneration Project, a 16-week collaborative creative process involving older adults and local artists. Working with professional photographers, actors, composers, designers and arts educators, older adults write, direct, and present a multimedia performance piece.
Texas Fine Arts Association in Austin, Texas, was awarded funding to support "Art on Tour," a statewide traveling exhibition program with accompanying catalogues and lectures. The program circulates exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and mid-career American artists to small museums and university and community galleries throughout Texas, many in rural, culturally underserved communities.
Billings Symphony Society in Billings, Montana, received a grant for its Yellowstone Music Project that includes the Senior Series, a program that takes small ensembles and soloists into lunch centers and transitional care facilities, a free Youth Concert that is accessible to everyone, and a free symphony in the park that reaches 10,000 people.
Flint Institute of Music in Flint, Michigan, was awarded funding to support music outreach activities for local, underserved communities. Performances and other activities are presented at senior centers, recreation centers, and public housing projects.
Grand Performances in Los Angeles, California, received a grant for its multidisciplinary series of hip-hop presentations including intergenerational hip hop poetry classes conducted by Watts Prophets, and a performance by Watts Prophets entitled "MMM: Music, and Movement and Meaning" with post-performance facilitated discussions. Performances are advertised in the downtown senior centers, and open rehearsals for the orchestra are held in an outdoor facility. Focused on local roots, this free series broadens the involvement of young audiences in the arts and introduces intergenerational audiences to the artistry of hip-hop.
Houston Grand Opera Association, Inc., in Houston, Texas, completed the seventh season of its Community Connections Initiative that demonstrates unique methods for developing new audiences for opera. The program offers free performances of three operas each year to schools and community centers, audiences at the Heinen and Miller Outdoor theaters, and in several branches of the Library. In addition, a special "Plazacast" of a popular production is provided annually projecting a live performance onto a giant outdoor screen making it available to audiences of all ages.
Houston Symphony Society in Houston, Texas, received support to further Community Connections, an outreach project for underserved communities. During 2002, the Houston Symphony's musicians performed at long-term care facilities, community centers, hospitals, and schools.
Nashville Symphony Association in Nashville, Tennessee, received funding for its concerts in rural areas of middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. The Nashville Symphony, in partnership with local community organizations, will tour to diverse and underserved communities.
New Cleveland Opera Company in Cleveland, Ohio, sponsors an inter-generational initiative that encourages the inclusion of parents, extended families, and residents of local senior centers in programs with students. Using the company's core K-12 programs as a model, the initiative reached an estimated 21,000 underserved persons through programs in 26 schools in 2002. The company estimates that 20 percent of the schools participating in its programs now regularly include activities with parents, grandparents, and friends.
Capital Repertory Company in Albany, New York, expanded its efforts to provide accommodations for hard-of-hearing and deaf audience members. Plans include the installation of an infrared assisted listening system and professional sign language interpreters for designated performances.
City Theatre Company, Inc., in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was awarded funding for a community outreach initiative. Spearheaded by the Community Relations Department of City Theatre, the project was created to increase access to programming, events, and activities for underserved populations including communities with low household incomes, older adults, and people with disabilities.
Creative Access in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received a grant to provide accessible programming at museums and venues featuring local and regional theater for people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Dallas Theater Center in Dallas, Texas, received a grant for a theater touring program that is accessible to all audiences. Dallas Theater Center will tour an adaptation of Sophocles' tragedy Antigone to regional schools with underserved populations, juvenile detention centers, senior centers, and other community organizations.
Deaf West Theatre Company, Inc., in North Hollywood, California, organized the tour and production of professional deaf theater for new and diverse audiences in New York City with funding from the Endowment. Deaf West Theatre Company identified and secured a venue in New York to co-produce the musical production of Oliver! in American Sign Language.
Dixon Place Theatre in New York, New York, received a grant for its Intergenerational Performance Workshops, a program that provided drama courses to underserved older adults, youth, and people residing at public housing facilities in the Rosehill section of Manhattan. Artists convene weekly workshops and instruct older adults in performing group scenes, monologues, and in writing their own solo pieces. Adults and youth perform the pieces at a three-day festival in October.
El Teatro de la Esperanza in San Francisco, California, received a grant for a modern secular adaptation of Las Posadas Mojadas, a seasonal pageant and play about immigrants seeking refuge. The adaptation is designed as a touring production that brings theater to underserved audiences in San Francisco and nationwide.
L.A. Theatre Works in Venice, California, received a grant to distribute two audio plays made for radio that are accessible to all audiences. The plays reached 2,500 underserved public secondary schools and 700 public libraries, including many specifically designed for those who are blind or partially sighted.
Non-Traditional Casting Project, Inc., in New York, New York, continues to present two accessibility initiatives, the National Diversity Forum and Artist Files/Online, with Endowment support. These initiatives link theater producers with artists of color, older artists, and artists with disabilities to promote a national dialogue concerning diversity and inclusion.
Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, created an Access Program for this historic playhouse that includes services for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and barrier-free access for people with physical disabilities.
Pasadena Playhouse State Theater of California, Inc., in Pasadena, California, organized an audience development initiative that provides increased arts access opportunities for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and for individuals with low incomes. The program includes signed performances, audio-described performances for people who are blind or visually impaired, and pay-what-you-can opportunities for individuals with limited financial resources.
Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor, Maine, received funding for a production of The Diary of Anne Frank and an accompanying outreach project. A series of multicultural and intergenerational initiatives for schools, libraries and centers for older adults will engage the theater's community in an examination of bigotry in the contexts of religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
Seattle Shakespeare Festival in Seattle, Washington, was awarded a grant for a Shakespeare festival involving all Seattle School District middle schools and older adults. Participants work with professional actors and production managers from Seattle Shakespeare Festival on rehearsing and performing 90-minute Shakespeare adaptations in a festival format.
Shakespeare Project, Inc., in New York, New York, received a grant to support free outdoor performances of Shakespeare's Othello in parks and public spaces throughout New York City. The production will be targeted at non-traditional audiences and at the communities surrounding the park venues.
Spanish Theatre Repertory Co., in New York, New York, was granted funds to support Teatro Acceso, a tour of theater works performed for multigenerational, underserved communities throughout the New York metropolitan, tri-state area, and the northeastern United States. The Company used grassroots promotional efforts to reach communities of older adults with limited access to the arts and students from underserved schools and Latino communities.
Ten Thousand Things in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was awarded a grant for the presentation and tour of a production of Shakespeare's King Lear. The company toured 16 performances of a highly physical production of King Lear to audiences in correctional institutions, homeless shelters and adult education centers serving low-income people in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Theatre Development Fund, Inc., in New York, New York, organized Interpreting for the Theatre, an intensive one-week institute for proficient sign language interpreters. The program is designed to improve the skills of certified interpreters who have experience in signing plays and musicals and to maintain national standards of excellence in the field.
Viet Olympiad in Garden Grove, California, staged performances of Cai Luong classical Vietnamese musical theater. Cai Luong expresses the deepest feelings of both old and young in the Vietnamese community, creating intergenerational connections with shared emotions of anger, pain, love, laughter, and sadness.
VSA arts of Georgia, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, expanded its theatrical sign language interpreting program. The program offers discounted services to small and mid-sized theater companies in Georgia and professional development opportunities for current and new theatrical interpreters.
Washington Theatre Awards Society in Washington, DC, received a grant to support the Washington Audience Development Initiative, a multimedia promotional campaign to identify and develop new audiences for all Washington theaters. The initiative will work toward developing theater audiences in metropolitan Washington that are representative of area demographics.
Weston Playhouse Theatre in Weston, Vermont, received funding to expand the theater's education and outreach programs for intergenerational, rural, underserved audiences. An audio-described production of Chicago was staged with a pre-show tactile exhibit for all audiences, including individuals who are blind or partially sighted.
Young at Heart Chorus, Inc. in Northampton, Massachusetts, was awarded funding for the revival of an original musical about the French revolution, Louis Lou. The Young At Heart Chorus, an ensemble comprised of older performers, will revive the musical from its repertory.
Art Resources Transfer, Inc. in New York, New York, received funding for its audience development program that offers free books, museum catalogues, videos and other material about contemporary art to libraries across the nation with a special emphasis on rural and inner-city libraries.
Asian American Arts Centre, Inc., in New York, New York, received a grant to support an intergenerational public art project, Stories of Chinatown, in an underserved community. Organized in collaboration with Elders Share the Arts, the program will bring Chinatowns older adults together with high school youth to create artwork that will present the untold stories of this aging immigrant population in a permanent ceramic tile installation.
COSACOSA art at large, Inc., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was awarded funding for its Healing Art Project, a project that brings individuals in pediatric and adult hospitals, continuing care facilities, local community clinics and social service agencies together with Philadelphia community members to create collaborative public art. Over 600 intergenerational project participants receive instruction each year in workshops with professional artists. Each workshop series identifies a community theme to explore through one of many possible artistic disciplines, including painting, theater, quilt-making and ceramics. Pieces resulting from the Healing Art Project are on display in libraries, schools, and other public places throughout Philadelphia, as well as the Philadelphia International Airport.
Creative Growth, Inc., in Oakland, California, organized a yearlong series of professional studio arts instruction for adults with disabilities, created gallery exhibitions and supported extensive outreach activities with a grant from the Endowment. Professional artists with experience working with people with disabilities taught classes in printmaking, drawing, painting and wood and clay sculpture.
Pyramid Atlantic, Inc., in Riverdale, Maryland, received funding to support a residency program, educational outreach, teacher training and mentorships. The program, designed to explore various media, imagery and the notions of community, will be intergenerational and bilingual, uniting artists, scholars, teachers and youth.
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine, expanded the services of MudMobile, a statewide traveling ceramics program in a van. The MudMobile serves older adults as well as children and people with cognitive and developmental disabilities throughout the state of Maine. Mudmobile takes clay art activities to nursing homes, assisted living sites, and community organizations that serve older Americans. This unique program helps over 300 seniors each year to improve flexibility and coordination, provides a new medium to tell their stories, and allows them to create artistic products that they could share with friends and family.
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