FY 2010 Grant Awards: Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grants
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior
All grants are for $10,000.
Birmingham International Festival
To support performances and related activities by Captain Mackey's Goatskin and Stringband. The concerts will be presented in lecture/demonstration format, combining music with storytelling, and will expose local students in inner-city and rural communities to the arts and culture of Ireland.
Mountain Valley Arts Council
To support performances and community outreach activities by the Alabama Ballet Company. Under the artistic leadership of Tracey Alvey, the company will perform for the general public, as well as provide one performance for the benefit of Marshall County school children.
Rural Members Association Inc.
To support the Freedom Creek Blues Festival. Proposed artists include musicians Jody Williams, Eddie Kirkland, and Cedric Burnside. The event is organized in partnership with the Alabama Blues Project.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
To support a performance and outreach activities by the McCoy Tyner Trio featuring tap dancer Savion Glover. Open rehearsals, discussions with the artists, and classes will be available for economically disadvantaged inner-city youth.
Fairbanks Arts Association
To support the creation of a public art map and information guide. The Association, a local arts agency providing services and technical support to artists and arts organizations, will lead the project to document and promote Fairbank's public art.
Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona
To support the Youth Mosaic Art Project. Under the leadership of artist Carlos Valenzuela, teens will design and manufacture murals to be displayed throughout the reservation. The mural designs will be developed through discussions with elders about tribe culture.
Fort Smith Symphony Association, Inc.
Fort Smith, AR
To support EARQUAKE!, a series of concerts targeting elementary school students. The concerts will incorporate a full orchestra, sessions with composer Kevin Puts, and performances by Western Arkansas Ballet students. Educational study guides and music excerpts will be sent to participating schools prior to the concerts.
John Brown University
Siloam Springs, AR
To support Giving Voice: A Festival of Writing and the Arts. Featured artists will include poet Andrew Hudgins, fiction writer Leif Enger, and nonfiction writer Sari Fordham.
Ozark Foothills Filmfest, Inc.
Locust Grove, AR
To support Filmfest activities including regional premieres of independent feature films, followed by post-screening discussions with the filmmakers. The festival will also include panel discussions and thematic short film showcases.
3rd I South Asian Independent Film
San Francisco, CA
To support the South Asian International Film Festival. The eighth annual festival will screen full-length feature films, documentaries and short films by media artists and independent filmmakers from the United States, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada, and Europe.
API Cultural Center
To support the Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival, celebrating Asian American contributions to jazz. A series of live performances for Bay Area audiences will include proposed artists Francis Wong, Anthony Brown, and VidyA, a South Asian jazz ensemble.
Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose, Inc.
San Jose, CA
To support performances by the Abhinaya Dance Company featuring the San Jose Taiko Group and Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a Balinese ensemble. The concert, celebrating Abhinaya's 30th anniversary, is scheduled to be held at the Mexican Heritage Plaza and is representative of the Company's numerous cross-cultural programs.
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
San Francisco, CA
To support the development and production of marketing materials promoting Asian American and Pacific Islander American cultural organizations. Organizations such as Asian Improv aRts, Kearney Street Workshop, and the Chinese Cultural Center will benefit from the collaborative marketing project that will focus on the Bay Area Asian and Pacific Islander community.
Bakersfield Art Foundation, Inc. (aka Bakersfield Museum of Art)
To support the Via Arte Street Painting Festival The Bakersfield Museum will select artists and arts organizations to create work for the festival focused on the Italian tradition of street painting that dates back to the 16th century.
City of Vista, California
To support the Mural-in-a-Day program. A muralist will work with volunteer artists from the Townsite Neighborhood to create murals for installation in two local parks.
Craft & Folk Art Museum Incorporating the Egg and the Eye
Los Angeles, CA
To support Some Assembly Required: Race, Gender and Globalization, a group exhibition. Among the 13 proposed artists are Mildred Howard, Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains, Willie Little, Adia Millett, and Alison Saar, whose works will tell a story about the impact of globalization on identity.
Developmental Disabilities Service Organization, Inc. (on behalf of Short Center Repertory)
To support the writing and production of Tent City, an original script exploring homelessness in Sacramento. In partnership with local organizations serving the homeless, Short Center Repertory will work with members of the homeless community to create the work.
To support the Experience Talks - Radio Elder Arts Project, through which live interviews with artists will be recorded for radio broadcast. The series will feature interviews with visual artists John Outerbridge and Phoebe Beasley and actors Carol Channing and Len Lesser.
Foundation for the California State University, San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA
To support Retelling The Ring in Art, Music, Movies, and Literature. An art exhibit, lecture series, concert performance, and workshops for teens will explore adaptations of Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung.
Housing Consortium of the East Bay
To support the Magnolia Terrace Landscape Collaboration. Artists with developmental disabilities will design words and phrases that will be incorporated into pathways, fences, and lights surrounding the facility. Magnolia Terrace provides affordable apartments for adults with developmental disabilities.
Kaisahan of San Jose
San Jose, CA
To support a series of master classes taught by Philippine dancer Franco Pastor. The classes will culminate in a public performance at the Joyce Ellington Library Community Center.
La Raza Bookstore (aka La Raza - Galeria Posada)
To support a performance by bolero musicians Trio Los Panchos. Related activities will include a master class targeted toward high school students taught by Trio artistic director Gabriel Vargas Aguilar and a series of mid-century Mexican films featuring a bolero score.
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Inc.
To support the annual Traditional Music Concert. A lecture placing the gospel songs in historical and cultural context will follow the performance. Potential guest artists include Jacqueline B. Hairston, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, and the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra.
To support performances of Mirrors of Mumbai. The multidisciplinary piece will be presented at colleges and high schools in Alameda and Santa Clara counties, areas with high Asian Indian populations.
Riverside Community College District Foundation
To support performances of Apollo: To the Moon, a multimedia theater production created by Kevin Reese and Mary Hall Surface. The presentations, targeted to grades 4 through 12, will be held at the March Field Air Museum and will include guided tours of the facility.
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
To support Meet Gabriela Frank, a special outreach initiative targeting the Latino community. Frank will present four free concerts of her new composition titled El Picaflor: Tone Poem for Violin and Orchestra. Other activities will include programming targeting elementary schools with predominantly Latino students and a free chamber music concert at a Latino community center.
San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild, Inc.
San Jose, CA
To support performances by Daniel Beaty of his one man show Emergence-SEE!. Beaty will also participate in post-show discussions and a master class.
Sierra Repertory Theatre, Inc.
To support a production of Is He Dead?, a play by Mark Twain and adapted by David Ives. The organization will work with teachers to incorporate the play into their curriculums, create and distribute study guides, and present a student matinee.
Siskiyou Performing Arts Center
To support the Kids' Acting Network. Under the direction of teaching artist Marah Winslow, rural youth will follow a technical track or performance track culminating in performances for the community. Other participating artists will include videographer John Cumming, scenic artist Mary Carpelan, costume designer Bee Soule, and musician Gerry Smida.
William James Association
Santa Cruz, CA
To support the tour of Deborah Tobola's play "Off the Hook."
To support the Authors in Community program. Colorado Book Award-winning authors will conduct readings in rural communities in eastern and southern Colorado.
International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, Inc.
To support the Indigenous Film and Arts Festival. In conjunction with the festival, after-school film screenings will be held at American Indian youth centers.
To support performances of Raw-Dios: Behind the Pigpen in the Morning, a play by Oakland, California, theater company headRush. Related activities will include theater workshops for students affiliated with the College Assistance Migrant Program and a Chicano Theater Summit targeted toward individuals ages 15 to 22.
Action for Bridgeport Community Development, Inc.
To support the Percussive Arts Society Chapter Day, a series of concerts and master percussion classes. The project will allow local student musicians to interact with national and international artists. Artists under consideration include drummer Joe Morello and Peruvian jazz artist Alex Acuña.
Judy Dworin Performance Project Inc.
To support In This House, a multidisciplinary project exploring the history of the Hempstead House, built in 1678. Artists will include set designer Michael Bezrudczyk, graphic designer John Alves, lighting designer Blu, composer Leslie Bird, and a cappella gospel singers Women of the Cross.
Grand Opera House, Inc.
To support the Stage of Discovery, a series of performances targeted to elementary, middle, and high school students. Presenting companies will include Mad Science Productions, Kennedy Center on Tour, ArtsPower, First State Ballet Theater, and Hudson Vagabond Puppets. Additional activities will include in-class instruction about theater etiquette, pre- and post-performance discussions, and the distribution of study materials.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Building Bridges Across the River (aka THEARC)
To support a marketing and outreach initiative promoting arts events at THEARC Theater by Building Bridges' partners and other arts entities. Programming by partner organizations that operate programs out of THEARC - the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Levine School of Music, and the Washington Ballet - as well as programming by organizations such as the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, and City Dance will be promoted to residents of Washington's wards seven and eight.
City Arts, Inc.
To support the creation of a music-themed mural project. The mural will trace the history of music, from African drumming to the District?s jazz scene to iPods.
To support a production of Franois-André Danican Philidor's Sancho Pana. Students of Stuart Hobson Middle School will create their own opera based on the story of Sancho Panza, a character from Don Quixote. The students will present their piece in sequence with the professional production at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
ACA of Central Florida, Inc. (aka aka Asian Cultural Association of Central Florida, Inc.)
To support a concert featuring internationally-known sitartist Pubayan Chatterjee. In addition to the concert performance, Chatterjee will present a free lecture demonstration on a local college campus.
Aequalis, Inc. (aka The Core Ensemble)
Lake Worth, FL
To support Harvest of Voices, an artist residency with the Core Ensemble featuring actor/playwright Akin Babatunde. The musical theater work will incorporate oral histories of residents of central Palm Beach County.
School Board of Alachua County
To support a collaboration between professional artists and the music ensemble at Sidney Lanier School, a public school for students with disabilities. Musicians Lansara Camara and David Akombo, the Santa Fe College Jazz Band, and music education majors from Syracuse University will perform alongside Lanier students at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Artist Series of Tallahassee, Inc.
To support school performances and workshops with the Ensō Quartet. The string quartet will provide recitals and workshops throughout the Leon County and Gadsden County school districts.
Good Community Alliance, Inc. (aka Community Stepping Stones)
To support the creation of an outdoor mural at the Harbor Club in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood. The mural will examine the contributions of African Americans to the surrounding neighborhood.
Greater Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
To support a pre-concert talk and public performance with pianist Read Gainsford. Students at Pensacola High School will be invited to participate in an in-school performance and lecture by Gainsford as well as attend the dress rehearsal for the public performance.
Miami Art Museum of Dade County Association, Inc.
To support Brick By Brick, an after-school program for at-risk teens. Held at multiple community centers, youth will receive instruction on such topics as landscape design, architecture, signage, and surface design.
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, Inc.
To support a performance by Daniel Beaty of his one man show Emergence-SEE!. Beaty's performance will be part of the Aurora Jacksonville Black Arts Festival.
United Arts Council of Collier County
To support a residency by Step Afrika. Step Afrika will perform and conduct workshops for Collier County students that feature work based in a dance tradition that grew out of the song and dance rituals practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities.
Athens-Clarke County Unified Government Department of Leisure Services (on behalf of The Morton Theatre)
To support the Morton Theatre Centennial Celebration. Project activities will include a one-day festival featuring national and regional artists and a vaudeville performance at the theater to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Morton Theatre, the major entertainment facility for Athens's African American community for many years.
Georgia College & State University
To support performances by Rennie Harris Puremovement. The company will also present a workshop for underprivileged youth from Baldwin County Youth Enrichment Services.
LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support Music Tells a Story, concerts exploring the region's American Indian heritage. Lee Johnson will compose orchestral music and Gayle Ross will write narration exploring the Cherokee Indian's experience during the Trail of Tears.
University of Idaho
To support performances by the Borealis String Quartet and Amelia Piano Trio. Related activities will include master classes for university students, coaching for an area youth orchestra, and a concert in rural Deary, Idaho.
Asian Improv aRts Midwest
Oak Park, IL
To support the annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival. Celebrating its 15th season, the festival will feature leading artists of the Asian American creative music movement. Among others, artists under consideration include pianist Jan Jang and saxophonist Francis Wong.
City of Evanston Arts Council/Cultural Arts Division
To support the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival. The 25th anniversary Ethnic Arts Festival will feature juried artists and craft exhibitors, and music, dance, and spoken word performances for an audience drawn from Evanston and the surrounding communities.
Friends of Community Public Art
To support the creation of a mosaic mural at the Joliet Housing Authority's Liberty Meadows Development. Under the leadership of professional artists, resident youth and young adults will participate in the design and fabrication of the mural.
Neighborhood Writing Alliance
To support Key Ingredients: Stories of Food and Tradition. Adults from low-income neighborhoods will work with poet Parnesha Jones to capture and present personal narratives about the geographic and cultural origins of foods. Selected pieces will be published in the Journal of Ordinary Thought.
Peoria Ballet Company
To support a new staging of the ballet Romeo and Juliet. Public high schools where Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is required reading will be offered discounted tickets. Past principal dancers have included Jennifer Kronenberg and Carlos Guerra.
Rockford Symphony Orchestras, Inc.
To support performances of Modest Mussorgsky's piano suite Pictures at an Exhibition, featuring photographers' artistic responses to the music. Rockford Art Museum staff will provide curatorial direction for the images displayed at both school and public performances.
University of Illinois at Springfield
To support performances of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a co-production of The Acting Company and The Guthrie Theatre. Related activities will include an acting workshop for university students and a performance targeted toward high school students.
Iowa Trails Council, Inc.
Center Point, IA
To support the artistic enhancements of two bridges and a waste water pump along the Fairfield Loop Trail. Under the leadership of artist Judy Bales, steel art elements will be installed by community volunteers.
State Historical Society of Iowa
Des Moines, IA
To support the History Through the Arts program targeting elementary, middle, and high school students. After a visit to the State Historical Museum, youth will attend a performance by companies such as Opera Iowa, Old Creamery Theatre, and Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre.
Trustees of Grinnell College
To support (Un)Seen Work: Traditions and Transitions, a new work by visual artist Jane Gilmor. The artist will create images based on the oral histories of economically disadvantaged residents identified through Mid-Iowa Community Action, a nonprofit organization serving low-income families.
To support a performance by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Prior to the performance, a student from South Africa will give community presentations about the country's arts, culture, and history.
Salina Arts and Humanities Commission
To support performances by Trio Globo, a contemporary acoustic jazz ensemble. Trio cellist Eugene Friesen, pianist and master harmonica player Howard Levy, and percussionist Glen Velez will perform for audiences in north central Kansas.
Horse Cave Development Corporation
Horse Cave, KY
To support the development of a website and cell phone tour promoting regional cultural organizations and traditions. Participating organizations will include the Kentucky Repertory Theater, Caveland Artists Guild, the Heritage Arts Center, and the American Cave Museum.
Juneteenth Festival, Inc.
To support the Annual Juneteenth Jamboree of New Plays, a theatrical exploration of historical and contemporary issues facing African Americans. Contributors will include director Sue Lawless, playwright Samm Art Williams, and St. Louis Black Repertory Company leaders Ron Himes and Linda Kennedy.
Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
To support Exhibitions, a series of musical performances that each feature a guest conductor. Related activities will include an exhibit of work by local visual artists and pre-concert discussions.
Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Inc.
Baton Rouge, LA
To support a residency by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The residency is part of the Arts Council's River City Jazz Masters concert series and will include a public performance and an opportunity for local students to interact with the artists.
New Orleans, LA
To support VECINOS, a series of festivals in ethnically diverse neighborhoods. The festivals will feature musical performances by regional artists such as the Rebirth Brass Band, Som Brasil/Casa Samba, and Rumba Buena.
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
To support the 2010 Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival celebrating the power of music and community to overcome adversity. Artists will include NEA National Heritage Fellow guitarist D.L. Menard, saxophonist Hardrick Rivers, accordionist Goldman Thibodeaux, and fiddlers Terry Huval and Hadley J. Castille.
Portland Maine Symphony Orchestra
To support a performance by Chris Thile, Concerto for the Mandolin. Related activities will include composition workshops with youth, open dress rehearsals, and artist lectures.
Frostburg State University
To support a production of Verdi's Requiem featuring the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Participating groups will include the FSU University Chorale and Cumberland Choral Society.
3rd EyE Youth Empowerment, Inc.
New Bedford, MA
To support the production and promotion of a spoken word performance and the creation of a mural as part of 11th annual Open Community Hip-Hop Festival. These activities will feature musical artist Tem Blessed and graffiti artist and muralist Ryan Mehigan.
Danforth Museum Corporation
To support Bridges Across Cultures, an exhibition of works by Giles Laroche and associated outreach activities. A published author and illustrator of children's books, Laroche creates intricate cut paper illustrations that celebrate architecture from around the world.
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
To support Seascape, an arts festival exploring the cultural impact of the fishing industry on the Gloucester community. Workshops will include Setting Stories to Music, taught by storyteller Jay O'Callahan, and Origins of Fishing Songs by educator David Coffin. A concert will feature shanty singers the Johnson Girls, balladeers Dan and Bonnie Milner, flutist Strong Eagle Daly, and percussionist Ken Sweeney.
Indian Hill Arts Inc. (aka Indian Hill Music)
To support the Of Peace and Harmony concert featuring flutist R. Carlos Nakai. Related activities will include in-school performances, an exhibit of American Indian art, workshops celebrating American Indian folk arts, and pre- and post-concert discussions.
Madison Park Development Corporation
To support the Roxbury Film Festival, produced in partnership with the Color of Film Collaborative. Related activities will include panel discussions, acting workshops, an outdoor film screening, and a day of activities featuring films for youth.
Puppet Showplace, Inc.
To support performances by puppet troupes for children in low-income families. Companies to be presented may include Crabgrass Puppet Theatre, Dream Tales Puppets, Perry Alley Theatre, Pumpernickel Puppets, Spring Valley Puppet Theater, and Tanglewood Marionettes.
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
To support the Wellfleet Cultural Tourism Initiative, which will include a website, events calendar, and a new logo design. Partner entities will include the Town of Wellfleet, Provincetown International Film Festival, Wellfleet Art Galleries Association, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet Oyster Fest, and the Cape Cod Modern House Trust.
Whole Children, Inc.
To support a performance by the Inclusive Community Choir, comprised of youth with and without physical, cognitive, or developmental disabilities. The choir will rehearse for several months before presenting a collaborative concert with musician Dan Zanes.
Northern Michigan University
To support an exhibit and catalogue in conjunction with a residency by artist Erica Lord. The artist will present a video-making workshop for American Indian college students and a free public lecture.
Old Town Business & Art Development Association
To support the Lansing JazzFest. Participating artists will present new compositions, as well as interpretations of classic jazz works. Activities targeted to families with children will include an instrument petting zoo.
St. Clair County Community College
Port Huron, MI
To support the Patterns Visiting Artists Forum, featuring poet Robert Dana and writer Beth Ann Fennelly. Related activities with the authors will include writing workshops, readings, and lectures.
To support the Waterfront Film Festival. Festival activities will include question and answer sessions with national filmmakers, an outdoor film screening, and educational seminars.
Ananya Dance Theatre
To support Kshoy/Decay!, a new work exploring violence against women. Scheduled to premiere at the Southern Theater, the original Southeast Asian dance theater composition will feature the work of composer and vocalist Shubha Mudgal and guest director Laurie Carlos.
Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, Inc.
St. Cloud, MN
To support a concert and outreach activities by the Parker Quartet. Comprised of violist Jessica Bodner, cellist Kee-Hyun Kim, and violinists Daniel Chong and Karen Kim, the quartet will perform, as well as conduct lecture demonstrations and master classes for local musicians.
Fargo-Moorhead Orchestral Association
To support performances of Peter Boyer's Ellis Island - Dreams of America. Through a collaborative effort with Theatre B, local immigrants will tell their oral histories, receive dramatic coaching, and present their stories during the concerts.
Minnesota State University Moorhead
To support a collaborative performance of Sva by Ragamala Dance Theatre and Wadaiko Ensemble Tokara. Related activities will include a community dancing workshop and master classes for college percussion students.
Columbus Arts Council, Inc.
To support performances by the African Children's Choir. As part of the Council's Young People's Artist Series, the choir will perform and participate in pre- or post-performance discussions with audience members drawn from Columbus, Lowndes County, and the surrounding area.
St. Louis Classical Guitar Society
St. Louis, MO
To support student performances by the Venere Lute Quartet and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. At the concerts for inner-city public school students, youth will be given vouchers to attend public performances with their families.
St. Louis, MO
To support the project Telling Our Stories, featuring a performance and master class by Philadanco. Adult community members will be coached in storytelling through the written word, dance, and oral presentation, resulting in a public performance at the Missouri History Museum.
Great Falls Symphony Association, Inc.
Great Falls, MT
To support a performance of opera arias featuring tenor Scott Piper and soprano Karin Wolverton. Related activities will include choral workshops targeted to high school students and an open dress rehearsal for area choral and orchestra students, as well as for residents of homes for the developmentally disabled.
Headwaters Dance Co.
To support the premiere of Montana Suite and related activities. To celebrate the culmination of the four-year project, the company will also host literary readings, a visual arts exhibit, and lectures by contributing choreographers Jane Comfort, John Jasperse, Lar Lubovitch, and Donna Uchizono.
Whitefish Theatre Co.
To support performances by The Klezmatics. The organization will partner with the Flathead County Agency on Aging, Montana Veterans Home, Whitefish Housing Authority, and The Lighthouse, a home for the developmentally disabled, to encourage attendance by the local underserved populations.
Young Men's Christian Association of Billings
To support Paper Trails, a rural tour of regional authors. Participating artists will include Mary Clearman Blew, Gary Ferguson, Tami Haaland, Alyson Hagy, Henry Real Bird, Steven Rinella, David Romtvedt, and Sam Western.
Metropolitan Community College
To support the annual Great Plains Theatre Conference. The conference will feature a production of Ma-Chu-Nah-Zha: I am a Person by playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle, commemorating the 130th anniversary of Standing Bear's trial.
Museum of Nebraska Art
To support an exhibition and related catalogue of African American artists who have lived or are living in Nebraska. The museum will partner with the state's Educational Service Units to promote the exhibit to schools.
Nebraska State Historical Society
To support I Hear America Singing: The Neligh Mill Jamboree. The July Fourth concert will emphasize the state's divergent music traditions such as country, mariachi, gospel, and pow-wow.
To support a performance of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, featuring trumpet player Rodney Mack. The event, celebrating Black History Month, will include public interviews with composers George Walker and Ellis Marsalis.
Jazz House Kids, Inc.
West Orange, NJ
To support Generations of Jazz, a program featuring pianist/composer Chick Corea. NEA Jazz Master Corea will lead a master class targeting hundreds of high school music students as well as Inside the Jazz Note, an evening program hosted by bassist Christian McBride.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Inc.
Fort Lee, NJ
To support the Year of the Tiger Celebration production. The performances will feature performances by Nai-Ni Chen, paper-cutting artist Ho Tien Cheng, and the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York. The performance will be presented at venues in New Jersey and New York.
People and Stories Gente y Cuentos, Inc.
To support literary readings, discussions, and workshops with guest artists Lauren B. Davis, Paul Muldoon, and Alvin Auburt. Project participants will be selected from the Bo Robinson Education and Training Center, a residential facility that provides job training services for formerly incarcerated men and women and Rescue Mission, an organization that provides shelter, food, and clothing to individuals in need. Compilations of participant writings will be distributed at a final ceremony.
Union County College Foundation
To support Regina Taylor's Crowns, a musical theater production. The college will also present vignettes of the play at local venues including Elizabeth High School, a predominately African American and Hispanic institution.
William Paterson College of New Jersey
To support outreach activities by guest artist Imani Winds, as part of the Cross-Cultural Arts Festival. The wind quartet will target junior high school students with their lecture/demonstration Music of the African Diaspora. Additional activities will include lectures, performances, and workshops for high school and college music students.
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
To support collaborative performances by American Indian artists, flutist Robert Mirabal and dancer Rulan Tangen. Public performances will occur at the university as well as at the Alamo-Navajo Wellness Center. Tangen and her company Dance Earth will also conduct workshops targeting students in grades three through eight.
Puppet Theatre los Titiriteros (aka ArcTisTics)
To support the production of the theater piece Oxygen, directed by Isabelle Kessler. The new work will be performed by adults with and without developmental disabilities.
American Indian Artists, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the premiere of a new work, Thieves, by playwright William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. The playwright will collaborate with director Steve Elm on the development of the piece that explores the issue of cultural identity theft as experienced by the Native American community.
Canandaigua Lake Chamber Music Festival, Inc.
To support performances by the Amelia Piano Trio and the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo. These performances will be part of the 2010 Canandaigua Lake Chamber Music Festival to be held in the rural Finger Lakes region of New York.
Children's Museum of Manhattan (aka G.A.M.E.)
New York, NY
To support Access Arts Festivals, museum after-hours events. Planned activities include live performances by selected artists, hands-on arts-based workshops, visual arts exhibitions, and readings by children's book authors targeted to low-income New York City youth.
Children's Museum of the Arts
New York, NY
To support the Lunar New Year Arts Festival. The second annual festival will showcase work by contemporary Chinese American artists, as well as traditional Chinese visual and performing arts.
Cool Culture, Inc.
To support the Arts Education for Everyone Campaign, a marketing initiative to promote selected New York City cultural destinations to nontraditional audiences. Low-income audiences will be targeted through the campaign that will promote events at the Bronx Museum of Art, Museum of Chinese in America, Queens Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the NYC Transit Museum.
Free Arts for Abused Children of New York City, Inc. (aka Free Arts NYC)
New York, NY
To support the Youth Theatre Program performed and facilitated by the Striking Viking Story Pirates. The teaching artists will lead a series of creative writing and theater workshops for participating youth. The workshops will culminate by providing the youth an opportunity to create sculptures of their characters and observe a performance showcasing their stories.
Girls Write Now, Inc.
New York, NY
To support readings and community outreach. Events for at-risk girls will include a panel discussion with professional women authors about literary careers, to be held at Barnard College. Past guest artists have included authors Judy Blundell, Annete Gordon-Reed, and Jenny Lumet.
Hamilton Hill Drop-in Arts & Crafts Center
To support the Juneteenth Celebration. The outdoor festival will feature the gospel quartet Legendary Soul Stirrers and hip-hop artists De La Soul.
Mount Saint Mary College
To support the presentation of No Child, a one-woman play written and performed by Nilaja Sun. The play will be performed for high school students and teachers from Newburgh Free Academy. The students will also participate in pre- and post-performance discussions with the artist, college faculty, and teachers.
Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc.
Staten Island, NY
To support a series of concerts featuring new compositions by Mohammad Fairouz and Andrew Sterman. The performances and related lectures will be presented at the Staten Island and Tibetan Museums.
Ogdensburg Command Performances, Inc.
To support performances of The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, produced by Enchantment Theatre. Reduced-price tickets will be available for organizations such as the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club and the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center.
Second Generation Productions, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the Past, Present, and Future Festival. The festival will present staged readings of past productions such as Brian Yorkey's Making Tracks and Euijoon Kim's Karaoke Stories, as well as a new work currently in development by playwright Michael Lew. Short plays will also be created during the festival utilizing professional actors and playwrights.
New York, NY
To support the Sprout Film Festival, a multi-day event showcasing films related to the field of developmental disabilities. The festival, held at the New Uris Center for Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will provide an opportunity for participating adults with developmental disabilities to tour the museum. Planned activities include question and answer sessions with filmmakers, media arts workshops, and an exhibition showcasing the works of artists with developmental disabilities.
Greensboro Symphony Society, Inc.
To support the Annual Community Gospel Concert featuring conductor Dr. Henry Panion and choristers selected from area colleges and churches. The concert will celebrate the opening of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.
Mallarme Chamber Players, Inc.
To support a concert featuring the operetta Soul Gone Home by William Banfield, with vocalist Nnenna Freelon. The work will be presented in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson Anderson's Spirit Songs, a piece for cello and piano.
Stecoah Valley Arts, Crafts & Educational Center, Inc.
To support An Appalachian Evening. The performing arts series promotes traditional arts connected to Appalachian heritage and has featured such artists as the Welch Family Singers, High Windy Band, Molasses Creek, and The Wilson Brothers.
Fargo Moorhead Opera Company
To support a production of Verdi's La Traviata featuring soprano Korliss Uecker and tenor David Hamilton. Preview concerts will be presented in several outlying communities including Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Art Opportunities, Inc. (aka ArtWorks, Inc.)
To support MuralWorks, a public art program. Created three years ago in partnership with the City of Cincinnati, MuralWorks will pair professional artists with teen apprentices to create murals in Cincinnati neighborhoods.
Dayton Visual Arts Center
To support the multimedia sculpture installation Es Culture and Migration (Journey) Pilgrimage, an exhibition of works by Eduardo De Soignie. Led by artists Juan-Sí González and De Soignie, local artists, students, and community members will collect oral testimonies and visual artifacts that will be incorporated in the multimedia installation.
Karamu House, Inc.
To support the world premiere of Closure by Mary Weems, featuring actor T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh. The piece explores the foreclosure crisis by blending blues, jazz, and theater. Post-performance discussions will be offered after select presentations.
Ohio Northern University
To support the performances of Journey of Hope, a concert program by the African Children's Choir. Related activities include a student matinee, a workshop for low-income children, an African drumming workshop for youth, and a pre-performance discussion prior to the public concert.
VSA arts of Ohio
To support the performances of Nobody's Perfect, produced by the Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences. The musical theater piece will be performed in both English and American Sign Language. Pre- and post-performance discussions will be offered after each presentation.
Chickasha Area Arts Council, Inc.
To support the design and creation of a sculpture for installation in historic downtown Chickasha, Oklahoma. Artist Archie Held, a sculptor who works primarily in bronze and stainless steel and often incorporates water as a central element, will lead selected graduate college students in the creation of the work.
Altoona Symphony Orchestra
To support a concert featuring composer and violinist Andy Stein. Most readily recognized for his role as a musician on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion, Stein and the Symphony will perform some of his original compositions for an audience drawn from throughout Blair County.
City of Asylum Pittsburgh
To support the Jazz-Poetry Concert. The sixth-annual concert will bring together world-renowned jazz musicians, poets, and writers selected to participate in the event by an established selection committee. Previous guest artists have included jazz pianist Gerri Allen, the World Saxophone Quartet, and poets Gerald Stern and Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka.
Endless Mountain Music Festival
To support the Endless Mountain Music Festival, a series of performances, pre- and post-concert discussions, master classes, and educational programs. The festival is in its fourth year of presenting world-class artists such as Russian pianist Pavel Nersessian and Sweet Plantain, a string quartet, to residents in northern Pennsylvania and southern New York.
Erie Civic Theatre Association
To support the creation of a sculpture by metal artist Evan Everhart. Prior to the installation of the sculpture in a local city park, the work will serve as a set component for a production of Jonathan Larson's Rent by the Erie Playhouse.
Gamut Theatre Group, Inc. (aka Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival)
To support free outdoor performances of Shakespeare's As You Like It. The free outdoor performances will take place at Reservoir Park in Allison Hill, a largely low-income, multi-ethnic neighborhood.
Huntingdon County Arts Council
To support Folk College, a series of performances and instructional workshops focused on traditional American and international folk music. Proposed featured artists include Bruce Molsky, Crowfoot, Bamboo Breeze, and Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, as well as resident ensemble Simple Gifts. The event will take place at Juniata College.
Montgomery County Community College
Blue Bell, PA
To support a residency and performances by the dance company Rennie Harris Puremovement. The residency will involve students at Eisenhower Middle School in Norristown, a multi-ethnic community.
Pennsylvania Youth Theatre
To support performances of Yasha Frank's Pinocchio. Puppeteer Doug Roydson will create several marionettes for the production. Students from Title One schools will receive complementary transportation.
Susquehanna Folk Music Society, Inc.
New Cumberland, PA
To support Folk Traditions Alive, a series of concerts and workshops exploring traditional arts. Featured artists will include Appalachian cloggers Fiddlekicks, American blues artist Guy Davis, Serbian dancers Sviraj and Miroslav Marcetic, Scottish fiddler Darol Anger, and Bulgarian dancer Illian Bozhanova.
Sweetwater Art Center
To support the Mavuno Festival of African American Art and Culture. South African musician Mogauwane Mahloele will perform at the festival and travel to local, low-income areas to help students learn about African culture. Project activities also will include jazz performances, visual arts exhibitions, and workshops for children.
Island Moving Company
To support Open for Dancing, the creation of site-specific dances in Newport. Professional choreographers, which have included Amy Ragsdale, Janna Haigood, and Daniel McCusker, will set their pieces on dancers from the community. Related project activities will include master classes, panel discussions, and film screenings.
Marlboro Civic Center Foundation
To support a performance and related activities by Ailey II. Education activities with the company will include a master class, discussion, and open rehearsal targeted toward high school and community dance students. On the day of the performance, Bennettsville's mayor will present the artists with the keys to the city.
To support a unified marketing initiative promoting the Emerald Triangle Cultural District. A website, brochure, and print advertising will enhance the advertising of partner organizations including the host organization, the Arts Council of Greenwood County, and the Greenwood Community Theatre.
Hill City Area Arts Council
Hill City, SD
To support All Aboard Hill City, a design symposium featuring architect Sarah Nettleton. The symposium is a component of ongoing efforts to impact the development of the rural community's built environment by encouraging the understanding of architecture and design and their roles in the creation of livable spaces.
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
Sioux Falls, SD
To support the Lakota Music Project, featuring the Porcupine Singers and tenor Robert Moore. The guest artists, members of Sioux tribes, will perform with the orchestra in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and on several American Indian reservations.
Rose Center & Council for the Arts, Inc.
To support the creation of architectural studies and designs for the Rose School, home to the Rose Center & Council for the Arts. The council will work with the East Tennessee Design Center to develop plans for the continued preservation and use of the building, which was built in 1892 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Abilene Arts Alliance
To support Artfully Abilene, a marketing initiative for the City of Abilene. The initiative will be comprised of several components including a quarterly magazine, e-marketing, airport exhibitions, and collaborative projects with the Abilene Convention and Visitors Council. Arts organizations such as the Grace Museum, the Center for Contemporary Art, the Paramount Theatre, and Abilene Philharmonic, as well as local individual artists, will benefit from the initiative.
Amarillo Art Center Association (aka Amarillo Museum of Art)
To support the exhibit Rock On! The Art of the Music Poster from the 60s and 70s. On loan from the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art's Mark del Costello Collection, the exhibition will include more than 100 vintage offset lithographs inspired by musical icons of the 1960s and 1970s.
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
To support a residency and exhibition, Rusty Scruby: Playing in the Sand. During the residency, Scruby will install his work and interact with the students participating in the museum's Art After School and Odom Academy's Junior Docent programs.
Globe of the Great Southwest, Inc.
To support a production of Shakespeare's King Lear, a component of the Southwest Shakespeare Festival. Student matinees will be followed by question-and-answer sessions with the cast.
Lubbock Arts Alliance, Inc.
To support a marketing plan for the Lubbock Cultural District (LCD). The promotion of activities by organizations within the LCD such as the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, the Wells Fargo Amphitheater, and the Buddy Holly Center will be targeted to reach the Hispanic community and cultural tourists.
Mid Texas Symphony Society, Inc.
To support performances and related activities by the Romero Quartet. Performances will be held at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin and the Byron P. Steele II High School in Cibolo. Related activities will include a guitar master class and open dress rehearsal.
Moab Music Festival, Inc.
To support the performance Music at Monticello - The Evolution of American Music from Europe and Africa. Related activities will include school assemblies as well as discounted and free tickets for area students.
University of Utah (on behalf of Kingsbury Hall)
Salt Lake City, UT
To support performances by the Martha Graham Dance Company. Prior to the public performance, the Company will participate in a matinee presentation targeted to low-income students from rural schools.
St. John Community Foundation, Inc.
St. John, VI
To support the St. John Film Series. Participating filmmakers will introduce their films and participate in question-and-answer sessions following the screenings.
Eastern Shore of Virginia Barrier Islands Center
To support the Barrier Island Center Performance Plus: Patchwork of Virginia Music Festival. Project activities will include performances, lectures, and the creation of an accompanying brochure featuring distinctive musical traditions from various parts of Virginia. Proposed guest artists include historian Gregg Kimball, state folklorist Jon Lohman, bluesman Jeffrey Scott, a cappella gospel group The Paschal Brothers, and bluegrass ensemble Broken Wire.
Latin Ballet of Virginia, Inc.
To support performances A Lorca, by choreographer Antonio Hidalgo. The company will perform the piece at CenterStage in Richmond, Virginia, as well as provide lecture/demonstrations throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia targeting students from low-income families.
Blue Mountain Arts Alliance
Walla Walla, WA
To support Windows on the Past, a public art installation. The installation will include window niches of a hand-carved sandstone façade filled with historic and contemporary photographs of cultural groups, artifacts, and significant events that shaped Walla Walla between 1850-1950.
Merc Playhouse Society
To support the feasibility study and associated costs for the renovation and expansion of the Merc Playhouse. The organization will conduct meetings with community stakeholders about the needs for the space while also working with Balance Associates Architects on the project's technical aspects.
Methow Music Festival Association
To support the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival featuring the Finisterra Trio and Parker Quartet. Additional artists will include pianist Craig Sheppard, violinst Jing Wang, and cellist Lee Duckles. Several concerts, including a performance targeting families, will be offered free for the community.
Northwest Symphony Orchestra
To support the project East Meets West - Music of the Pacific Rim and Northwest Student Composers. The organization will partner with the Highline School District to feature composer Glenn Crytzer and timpanist Michael Crusoe in concerts, master classes, composition workshops, and lectures.
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
To support the Summer Concert Series. Related activities will include seminars as well as pre- and post-performance discussions. Past guest artists have included pianist Jon Kimura Parker, violinist William Preucil, and cellist Anne Martindale Williams.
VSA arts of Washington
To support ArtSpring!, an arts festival highlighting works by professional artists with disabilities. The festival will provide an opportunity for students with special needs to participate in interactive arts activities and attend performances by professional artists with and without disabilities. The project also will include an exhibition of works created by visual artists with disabilities.
Carnegie Hall, Inc.
To support the Rhythm, Blues and All That Jazz Festival held in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Proposed artists for the third-annual event include Bob Thompson and the Colortones, Ruthie Foster, John Hammond, and Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience.
Morgan Arts Council, Inc.
Berkeley Springs, WV
To support the creation and promotion of the Morgan County Music Census. The project will document Morgan County's musical heritage and current musical activity and promote it online and through printed promotional rack cards.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Inc.
To support Las Artes de Mexico, an exhibit exploring centuries of Mexican art. Concurrent with the exhibit, Mexican American visual artist Juan Flores will guide youth in interactive workshops culminating in an exhibit of their work.
Milwaukee Public Theatre
To support performances of Winter Voices: Native Stories to Warm the Heart, featuring storyteller, musician, and dancer Thirza Defoe. The organization will partner with Wisconsin Tribal Services to tour the production and accompanying workshops to multiple sites targeting American Indian families.
Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community, Inc.
Lac du Flambeau, WI
To support the architectural study and feasibility plan for the renovation and restoration of the Lac du Flambeau Indian Bowl. The facility, currently used for pow-wows, will be expanded to also include the Woodland Indian Art Center.
VSA arts of Wisconsin, Inc.
To support A Call for Art Exhibition, an initiative designed to recognize the artistic accomplishments of artists with disabilities in Wisconsin. Educational tours for youth, the development of publications related to the exhibit, and lectures by artist Jon Wos will assist in reaching the project's goals.
Northern Wyoming Community College District
To support the Donkey Creek Jazz Festival. The free, outdoor event will feature artists including pianist Dana Landry, bassist Erik Applegate, and the Scott Turpen Jazztet.
TOTAL GRANTS AWARDED: 169
TOTAL DOLLARS AWARDED: 1,690,000
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