Summary of Activities Relating to Older Americans: Fiscal Year 2001-2002
FY 2001 Grants
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Foundation in Salt Lake City, Utah, offered a variety of dance workshops to people of all ages residing in Louisiana. Residencies ranged from Afro-Caribbean dance and creative movement workshops held in local schools to ballroom dancing for older adults.
Stuart Pimsler Dance Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collaborated with two healthcare organizations, Pathways and Virginia Piper Cancer Institutes Arts and Humanities program, on a new project, Stories to Die For, involving caregivers and persons with life-threatening illnesses.
American Institute of Graphic Arts in Seattle, Washington, organized an intergenerational book project that brought together inner-city school children, older adults and graphic designers in a ten-week workshop. A set of books created by the participants was published and distributed to the community.
Mississippi State University in Jackson, Mississippi, received funding for a consortium project about the design of affordable, innovative, prototype housing for a cooperative living arrangement. The project, implemented by the Jackson Community Design Center of Mississippi State University and Stewpot Community Services, brings together a living arrangement of low income, single parent families, older adults and individuals with disabilities.
Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland, Oregon, organized the Arts in Healthcare Consortium that brings multifaceted, professional arts programs into healthcare facilities in the Portland metropolitan region. Media Rights, a radio piece on death and dying, focused on end-of-life issues. The Artist Repertoire Theater at the Well Arts Institute worked with veterans who told their stories and saw them dramatized in theater, and artists conducted programs at Emmanuel Childrens Hospital and targeted children and their families.
Film Arts Foundation of San Francisco, California, received funding for the production of an experimental documentary film by Ellen Bruno on aging, sickness, and death entitled "Skin and Bones."
Jack Straw Foundation in Seattle, Washington, received support for its Blind Audio Project. The project consists of a series of workshops introducing people who are blind or partially sighted to the creative possibilities and latest techniques of audio production.
L.A. Theatre Works in Venice, California, distributed audio plays to libraries for people who are blind or partially sighted, and provided organizations with promotional materials to enhance the collection.
Arizona Theatre Company in Tucson, Arizona, received Endowment support for its consortium project, ARTability: Accessing Arizonas Arts. This statewide community outreach and professional training project expands and promotes accessible programming to individuals with disabilities.
Arts for the Aging, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland, expanded its Arts Workshop Program with support from the NEA. The project provides monthly instruction by professional artists at senior daycare centers in metropolitan Washington, DC.
Danceworks, Inc., of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, organized its 50-Plus Initiative, a dance and creative arts program for older adults. Workshops, classes, residencies, and performances include older adult with physical and cognitive disabilities.
Elders Share the Arts in Brooklyn, New York, was awarded a grant to support its Center for Creative Aging, a national arts-in-aging training program that links cultures and generations. The project relies on its national networking program to develop model programs such as Generating Community, an intergenerational program that brings together older adults in nursing homes, community centers, and senior centers with pre-school to high-school aged youth. Their Pearls of Wisdom group is composed of elder storytellers who represent New Yorks older generation and its cultural diversity and performs in schools and senior facilities.
Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, received Endowment support for The Deaf Way II, the Universitys second weeklong international festival that celebrates the experiences of people who are deaf and focuses on universal issues such as the arts, language, culture, technology, and human rights. The festival was held on July 8-13, 2002, at the Washington Convention Center. In addition, an elaborate arts festival was held at venues around the city, including exhibitions and performances by deaf artists.
Sheboygan Arts Foundation, Inc., in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, received a grant for Connecting Communities, a series of community-based arts residencies that facilitate collaborations between visual and performing artists and older adults, industrial employees, youth at risk, and members of the Hmong and Hispanic communities of Sheboygan County.
Society for the Arts in Healthcare in Washington, DC, was awarded funding for the second phase of the first national technical assistance project, an initiative that trains arts administrators and artists as consultants to healthcare institutions across the country. These consultants assist healthcare groups in establishing comprehensive, professional arts programming within their institutions.
Flint Institute of Music in Flint, Michigan, created music outreach activities for underserved communities. Performances and other activities for children and adults were presented at senior centers, public housing projects, and recreation centers.
Washington Chorus. Inc., in Washington, DC, was awarded a grant for an outreach and education program, including free concerts for older adults, school choir workshops, and distribution of free tickets to underserved groups throughout the Washington, DC, area.
American Music Theater Festival, Inc., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, brought diverse communities together with Project Open Doors, a multi-faceted project with complementary artistic, educational, and marketing components. Prince Music Theater widened access to musical theater through low or no-cost performances by and for people with disabilities and people with low incomes. They also organized residencies in schools for artists of all ages who composed original work with the children.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri, received a grant to create educational programs for pre-K through 12th grade students, inmates in correctional facilities, and the families of both. In FY 2001-2002, programs included "Lyric Opera Express" and "Opera for Teens." The opera also provided professional development opportunities for educators in Kansas and Missouri.
Deaf West Theatre Company, Inc., of North Hollywood, California, designed backstage communication systems for technicians who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, installed a computer-operated control board for technical effects, and developed lighting that robotically focuses on signing interpreters or actors with funds from the Endowment. The project trained technicians who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for jobs in the theater and worked to enhance the theater experience for audiences who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Music and Arts Center for Humanity of Bridgeport, Connecticut, received a grant to develop online services for the National Resource Center for Blind Musicians. Using new Cake Talk software as a base, the center implemented a distance-learning course on the Web for students and teachers to interchange Braille music notation and scoring suited only for sighted individuals.
Center Stage Associates, Inc., in Baltimore, Maryland, was awarded funding to support the adaptation and presentation of J.M. Barries Peter Pan. The production included actors and musicians of all ages who are both deaf and hearing.
Contemporary American Theater Festival of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, purchased and installed infrared assistive listening systems. Systems were installed in two theaters and increased the participation and comfort of audience members who are hard-of-hearing.
Deaf West Theatre Company, Inc., in North Hollywood, California, created a new theater piece and video. Mark Medoff, author of Children of a Lesser God, was commissioned to write the new theater piece that is accessible to audiences who are both deaf and hearing.
Non-Traditional Casting Project, Inc., of New York, New York, received Endowment support for its Artist Files/Online and the National Forum on Diversity:The American Scene. These initiatives link theater producers with artists of color, older artists, and artists with disabilities to promote a national dialogue concerning diversity and inclusion.
Seven Stages, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, received funding for the production and tour of Hush, the story of Blind Tom Wiggins. This world premiere, written by African-American playwright Robert Earl Price, was performed at Seven Stages in Atlanta and toured to select communities throughout the Southeast.
Theater By the Blind Corporation in New York, New York, was awarded a grant to expand training and professional development for theater artists who are blind or partially sighted. Theater By the Blind increases access to play scripts and theater texts for people who are blind or partially sighted through its reading service and staged reading performance opportunities.
Theater Development Fund, Inc., of New York, New York, organized
Interpreting for the Theater, an intensive one-week course on theater
sign-language interpretation. The Fund convened an advanced training program
for certified interpreters nationwide to hone their skills as theater
sign interpreters and to explore techniques for signing plays and musicals.
Richmond Art Center of Richmond, California, was awarded a grant
to support the Quilt of Many Colors Project, a series of four curated
exhibitions installed in the lobbies of Richmonds main public health
facility. The project promotes the value of the arts in the healing process
and provides access to the arts for approximately 30,000 people who enter
the facility each year.
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