MY ART STORY by

Laura Faure

Lewiston
Maine

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The sillouetes of students adopting different poses is seen against the backdrop of the atrium window panes.

Students at the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine, perform in Stephen Koplowitz’s The Atrium Project, one of the eight unique performances utilizing the 8,000-square-foot Perry Atrium, in 2003. Photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen

The Bates Dance Festival has had the great good fortune to garner 26 years of consistent support from the NEA, allowing us to convene the American dance community each summer in Maine; to support the training of generations of dancers; produce and present the leading contemporary dance artists of our time; invest in the creation of new works that have toured around the world; and engage community members of all ages in the artmaking process. We are deeply honored by this NEA support that has allowed us to nurture artists like Rennie Harris, Doug Varone, Bebe Miller, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, David Dorfman, Zoe Scofield, Kyle Abraham, Larry Keigwin and so many more. Long live the NEA!