2000 Grant Awards: Arts On Radio And Television
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change,
contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
American Documentary, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the selection, acquisition, packaging and promotion of films for the year 2001 broadcast of P.O.V. (Point of View), a primetime public television series that showcases the art of independent non-fiction filmmakers. As public television's longest running broadcast venue devoted exclusively to the art of nonfiction film, P.O.V. brings documentary artworks--rarely found in the mainstream media- into America's living rooms.
To support artist fees related to the production and national broadcast of Beale Street Caravan, a series of weekly radio programs featuring performances by Blues artists. The series is broadcast on more than 230 public and community radio stations nationwide and internationally on the Armed Services Radio Network.
Capital Concerts, Inc.
To support The National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth, two patriotic concerts at the United States Capitol to be nationally broadcast live on PBS in 2000. A national television audience of 10 to 12 million watches each of these 90-minute programs each year.
Capital of Texas Public Telecommunications Council
To support the production of Greetings from Texas. This four-hour television series, intended for national PBS broadcast, will feature the work of independent Texas documentary filmmakers.
Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
San Francisco, CA
To support production and post-production costs for a documentary film by filmmaker Jonathan Robinson on the poet Piri Thomas. Intended for national PBS broadcast, Every Child is Born a Poet also will be screened at community centers across the country.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the production and national distribution of the radio series, Chamber Music New York. During 2000-2001, 26 one-hour programs will be distributed by Public Radio International to more than 50 stations across the United States.
Community Television of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
To support the production of three programs for the public television series, Latin Music: Sin Fronteras/Without Borders. Each program will focus on one musical genre - Border Music, Salsa, and Latin Jazz.
Educational Broadcasting Corporation
New York, NY
To support the development and production of performance specials and arts documentaries by the WNET Culture and Arts Divisions for national broadcast on PBS in the year 2001-2002 within theGreat Performances, Dance in America, and American Masters television series. Regardless of geographic or economic limitations, American television audiences in all 50 states are provided free access to many of America's greatest cultural treasures through these series.
ETV Endowment of South Carolina, Inc./South Carolina Educational Radio
To support the production of new programs for the year 2000 national broadcast of the weekly radio series, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. The series is distributed by National Public Radio and is carried by more than 260 stations in the United States and distributed internationally.
Film Arts Foundation (fiscal agent for Public Interest TV Films)
San Francisco, CA
To support the production of a pilot program for Sing It, Tell It, a three-part public television series documenting the historical and living heritage of African-American music. The series will examine the contributions of African-American music from the 1880's, through World War II and the civil rights era to the present.
Film Odyssey, Inc.
To support the production costs for a public television documentary on the writer Gore Vidal. Intercutting contemporary footage with archival film and photographs, the filmmaker Karen Thomas will not only tell the story of Mr. Vidal's life but will also reveal to viewers his outlook, intelligence and wit.
Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting
To support post-production costs for George Segal: American Still Life, a one-hour documentary for national broadcast about the New Jersey-based, internationally known sculptor. Interviews conducted with the artist by producer-director Amber Edwards will be transcribed into an oral history and donated to a museum's permanent collection, and an educational component will be developed for use in schools.
Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Assn., Inc./WETA
To support the production of two new programs of The Kennedy Center Presents, a series of performing arts television specials to be nationally broadcast on PBS in 2000-2001.
Institute for Research on Social Problems (fiscal agent for Vanguard Films)
To support pre-production costs for a two-hour public television documentary on American "Negro" spirituals. To be hosted and narrated by Bobby McFerrin, the program will trace the origins and influence of these religious folk songs sung by slaves in eighteenth and nineteenth century America.
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation
To support the Talking Circle for the Community project. The project is intended to reflect and strengthen the Native community's traditions through the production of nationally distributed radio programs on storytelling, language and news about the arts, and the production of community-based cultural programming on KNBA-FM.
San Francisco, CA
To support the production and distribution of Lost & Found Sound 2000, a national millennium series of radio programs that chronicle, reflect and celebrate the 20th century through sound. The series will be made available to national audiences through regular features on National Public Radio's All Things Considered in the year 2000 and as a free-standing anthology series created from the best of the Lost & Found Sound broadcasts.
San Jose, CA
To support production costs for the public television series, American Voices. These programs, to begin airing in the fall of 2000, will be adaptations of five American short stories into dramatic films.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. (consortium)
New York, NY
To support six national telecasts in 2001 of the public television series, Live From Lincoln Center. The series is broadcast on approximately 350 PBS stations across the 50 states and U.S. territories and reaches an average of five to eight million viewers per program.
Maryland Public Broadcasting Foundation
Owings Mills, MD
To support the production of a television documentary, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, on the history and development of the piano. The year 2000 will mark the 300th anniversary of the invention of this instrument.
Meet The Composer, Inc. (fiscal agent for American Composers Alliance)
New York, NY
To support the commissioning of an opera created specifically for the radio medium by the composer Libby Larsen. The new work, based on the 1906 H.G. Wells novel, The Invisible Man, will be broadcast nationally in the fall of 2001.
Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, MN
To support the production and national broadcast of St. Paul Sunday, a weekly one-hour radio series presenting the vitality, diversity and excellence of chamber music, to be heard on more than 210 radio stations throughout the United States in 2000-2001. This Peabody Award-winning series features some of the world's best musicians and composers who perform and discuss their works exclusively for the listening audience.
National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (consortium)
San Antonio, TX
To support a consortium project with Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center for research and development for a public television documentary examining the cultural and artistic expression of Latino communities found within the United States. Visiones Del Barrio will give viewers an overview of the story of the growth of cultural arts centers, dance and theater companies, and other cultural organizations within the Latino Diaspora.
National Public Radio
To support the National Public Radio Classical Music Initiative in FY 2000. This initiative will include: the recording and national radio broadcast of selected American symphony orchestras on the daily classical music series Performance Today, a pilot orchestra in residence program with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as a daily feature for a week on Performance Today, and the presentation of American operatic productions for the National Public Radio World of Opera series.
New Images Productions, Inc.
To support production costs for a public television documentary film by the filmmaker Avon Kirkland on Ralph Ellison. The Indivisible Man will be a 90-minute biography that will present for its viewers a comprehensive and balanced portrait of Ellison the man, his work and his significance to the American and cultural and historical contexts in which he lived.
New Orleans Video Access Center (fiscal agent for Stevenson Productions) New Orleans, LA
To support post-production costs for a documentary film by Mirra Bank on Allen Toussaint. Songwriter, Unknown will examine Allen Toussaint's life and his influence on contemporary music.
New York Foundation for the Arts, Inc. (fiscal agent for Nobody's Girls, Inc.)
New York, NY
To support post-production costs for a documentary on the children's opera, Brundibar. The dance company Pilobolus and author/illustrator Maurice Sendak are collaborating to revive the opera and this film will track its development from rehearsals through its premiere.
New York Foundation for the Arts, Inc. (fiscal agent for Robert Levi Films)
New York, NY
To support production and post-production costs for a documentary film on Billy Strayhorn. Great Times: The Story of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington will chronicle Mr. Strayhorn's career as composer and arranger for the Ellington Orchestra as well as his relationship with the maestro.
New York Foundation for the Arts, Inc. (fiscal agent for Ginger Group Productions)
New York, NY
To support the production of American Roots Music, a three-part primetime television series examining the genesis of American folk music during the 20th century. American Roots Music will be a vivid, richly textured film experience that weaves rare archival performance and documentary footage (dating back as far as 1910), recordings and photographs with newly created interviews and performances of contemporary popular musicians.
Newark Public Radio, Inc.
To support the production of JazzSet with Branford Marsalis, a weekly radio series of jazz concerts performed at venues across the United States, and the live jazz special New Year's Eve Coast to Coast. The programs will be distributed by National Public Radio to 200 public radio stations in 2000 2001.
Pennsylvania Public Radio Associates, Inc.
To support the production of concerts and feature programs for Echoes, a nationally broadcast radio series of contemporary music. The series will serve a weekly audience of 284,000 listeners on 152 stations in 38 states and Puerto Rico.
Public Radio International, Inc.
To support the production of a new, weekly one-hour arts magazine program for national radio audiences. This weekend-oriented program is designed to encourage spirited discussion of arts and culture and their presence in daily life.
SOUNDPRINT Media Center, Inc.
To support Outposts on the Edge of the Century, a public radio broadcast and online project. Using an audience-driven interactive Web site, documentary producers will create several audio programs based on responses to questions posed to visitors of the site during the year 2000.
Survival of American Indians Association
To support production costs for a public television documentary film on the legendary Balanchine ballerina, Maria Tallchief. Combining performance footage, interviews and photographs, filmmaker Sandra Osawa will chronicle the dancer's life from her beginnings in an Osage Indian community through her critical acclaim on the stage to her present role as a ballet teacher.
Symphony Space, Inc.
New York, NY
To support Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, including the presentation of evenings of live readings and the production and national distribution of new radio programs. The series, which is aired by more than 140 National Public Radio stations, presents leading stage and screen actors reading both classic and contemporary fiction by established and emerging authors of diverse cultures.
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc./KCTA-TV
St. Paul, MN
To support the development of Latest Word, a weekly half-hour national PBS series about books. In addition to a weekly broadcast program, the series will feature a wide-ranging interactive Web site.
University of New Orleans Foundation
New Orleans, LA
To support the production and national distribution of American Routes, a weekly radio series from New Orleans devoted to the roots of popular music and popular roots music. The folklorist Nick Spitzer hosts this two-hour weekend-oriented program, in which he combines the recordings of popular, folk, jazz and classical forms with in-studio performances, field features and interviews.
University of Texas at Austin/KUT-FM
To support the production and acquisition of arts and cultural programs to be broadcast nationally on Latino USA, a weekly English language radio journal of news and culture. The series is aired on 183 stations in 33 states, reaching more than 230,000 U.S. listeners each week and is heard worldwide through the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.
Washington Square Arts, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the production of a pilot program and the development of additional programs for Design Show, a new weekly half-hour television series. The series will provide audiences with greater awareness and understanding of how design affects our everyday lives.
WBEZ Alliance, Inc.
To support the production and national distribution of the weekly one-hour radio series, This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass. Distributed by Public Radio International to more than 340 public radio stations throughout the United States, the series presents commissioned stories about contemporary American life by writers, performers and radio producers.
West Virginia Public Radio/Mountain Stage
To support the production and national broadcast of the radio series, Mountain Stage. This weekly two-hour program, which presents contemporary music and traditional roots performers, is distributed by Public Radio International to more than 115 stations throughout the United States.
WGBH Educational Foundation
To support the completion, education outreach activities and promotion of a four-part PBS documentary series presenting four contrasting stories of historical cultural controversies.
To support the production and national broadcast of the radio series, Fresh Air with Terry Gross. This award-winning daily journal of contemporary arts, culture and issues is broadcast on 256 public radio stations and is heard by 2.5 million people each week.
To support post-production costs and educational outreach activities for a public television documentary on the songwriter Stephen Foster. The film will explore how the composer of such classics as Oh Susannah, Beautiful Dreamer, and Camptown Races played a central role in the development of American popular culture.
World Music Productions
To support the production and national distribution of the weekly public radio program, Afropop Worldwide. The series showcases the contemporary musical cultures of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas, and is distributed by Public Radio International to more than 100 radio stations in the United States, and by Voice of America to independent stations in African countries.
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