2001 Grant Awards: Resources for Change: Technology
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change,
contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
TOTAL NUMBER OF GRANTS: 25
DOLLAR AMOUNT OF GRANTS: $3,099,000
Bay Area Video Coalition, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
To support development and dissemination of a DVD that contains a curriculum for the preservation of electronic art. The DVD will feature a preservation overview; discussions with conservators, artists, curators and technicians; a curriculum to train professionals in the field and project case studies to conserve electronic art.
Deaf West Theatre Company, Inc.
North Hollywood, CA
To support a project to design backstage communication systems for deaf and hard-of-hearing technicians, install a computer-operated control board for technical effects and develop lighting that robotically focuses on signing interpreters or actors. Components of the project will train deaf or hard-of-hearing technicians for jobs in the theater and enhance the theater experience for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences.
Music and Arts Center for the Handicapped, Inc.
To support the development of on-line services for the National Resource Center for Blind Musicians. Using new Cake Talk software as a base, the center will implement a distance-learning course on the Web for students and teachers to interchange Braille music notation and scoring suited only for sighted individuals.
New World Symphony, Inc.
Miami Beach, FL
To support an Internet2 distance learning project. New World Symphony will conduct master classes, auditions, and coaching and rehearsal sessions among participants across the country over the new Internet2 network, which eliminates time delays and loss of sound quality in transmission. The broadband, high fidelity communication afforded by Internet2 will allow New World Symphony to facilitate operations as a national resource for training young musicians and placing them in orchestra jobs.
Hawaii Alliance for Arts Education (consortium)
To support the creation and testing of a K-5 arts curriculum to be used with a new, interactive Web-DVD Internet appliance. New technology, created by the Ohana Foundation, will allow teachers and students to use televisions to retrieve standard-based arts lessons that include content in a variety of media formats.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
To support the development of a PC-based control for stage scenery effects. Using existing industrial technology and hardware, the theater will integrate technology with electronic stage scenery and develop flexible control systems that allow artistic and technical staff to experiment with a wide range of effects.
To support the creation of a database-driven Web site. The site will provide models for rural, community-based programming by showcasing archives of Appalshop's previous work. The enhanced technical capacity created by the project will build a communal platform through which Appalshop's disparate programs and partners can formulate new work.
Dance Exchange, Inc.
Takoma Park, MD
To support the creation and dissemination of the Interactive Toolbox for Choreography and Community Action. In multimedia formats, the project will document the techniques that Liz Lerman's Dance Exchange has utilized to create community-based dance works and provide Internet and ROM guides on how to use the material to formulate new work.
Milkweed Editions, Inc.
To support the implementation of a database publishing program. The system will allow Milkweed to offer its archives of nature writing in various downloadable formats through e-commerce on the Web. As a result of this project, teachers and advocates will be able to assemble specialized anthologies or chapbooks without having to purchase entire volumes.
Walker Art Center, Inc.
To support the development of Telematic Table. Walker Art Center will create a prototype of a portable educational device that will allow patrons to customize database information retrieval in a variety of formats and facilitate new methods of linking individuals or groups to cultural institutions globally on the Web.
Pueblo of Pojoaque
Santa Fe, NM
To support an integration and expansion of the Poeh Museum's database and on-line services. The museum will create a virtual gallery of its exhibitions and collections for the public and develop related educational packages for elementary and secondary students and teachers.
American Music Center, Inc.
New York, NY
To support implementation of New Music Compass. This on-line service will act as an information portal for contemporary American concert music. As a centralized clearinghouse for information and a 24-hour listening room of audio samples, New Music Compass will promote, distribute and facilitate the performance of new American music by connecting musicians and composers and their work with interested presenters, orchestra administrators, movie directors, students and audience members.
Association of Hispanic Arts, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the expansion and implementation of Web-based services related to Latino arts and cultural events throughout the United States. The organization will expand Latino Events Online to allow more arts organizations to update information on events and Latino organizations and to create an on-line community for Latino artists to promote their own work through Web page links, Internet outreach and e-commerce.
George Balanchine Foundation, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the development of Phase II of Media Text, a technology developed in partnership with M.I.T.'s Center for Educational Computing Initiatives that combines multimedia in a real time format. The Balanchine Foundation will deploy the system to make dance archives available for non-commercial use by researchers and students on the Web. Media text will combine video, music, scores, commentary, dance notation and photos into an interactive collection that allows users to formulate multimedia lessons on particular topics.
Global Action Project, Inc.
New York, NY
To support development of the Youth Media Network, a nationally produced, youth-run media Web site. In conjunction with youth in community-building programs, six media arts organizations across the country will assist young people in producing and Web-casting their art and cultural expressions, as well as discussing the material.
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the development of audio and video broadcasting systems and related educational capacity on the Web. The project involves designing systems, purchasing equipment, and packaging educational materials related to activities that will take place in the new facility in New York.
Lehman College Art Gallery, Inc.
To support Public Art in the Bronx on the World Wide Web. The project will utilize public art in the Bronx to develop curricular materials for elementary students and to promote walking tours for the public. The goal of the project is to serve as a model for the educational use of public art assets and to encourage their preservation.
Museum of Chinese in the Americas
New York, NY
To support the Old Chinatown Mapping Project. By using a 3D Web interface of New York's Chinatown, the museum will establish a virtual gallery. Information about map sites will be provided through links to a database of related archival materials, including oral histories and pictures of artifacts that can be shared and added to on-line.
New Museum of Contemporary Art
New York, NY
To support the development of new software to enhance the use of the Media Z Lounge, a permanent space where the public can view digital art and experimental video. A corralling browser will allow the museum to curate interpretive material related to the works on view. A new switching mechanism will allow users to see media on multiple display devices or to move media from one type of device to another.
Theatre Communications Group, Inc.
New York, NY
To support the creation of a Web database service that utilizes information from the annual fiscal survey of American theaters in a format compatible with data relating to other artistic disciplines. Participating theaters will be able to update information on-line and generate customized reports, while Theatre Communications Group will enhance its capability to employ survey data in delivering its services and reports about the field.
Educational Television Association of Metropolitan Cleveland (consortium)
To support the incorporation of educational programs into Ohio classrooms through interactive distance learning. The project will include workshops for staff, curriculum development, creation of a shared media studio and testing of lessons and content with teachers and students.
Country Music Foundation
To support the development of a multimedia database that will integrate digital collections into an easily researched, historical record of commercial and non-commercial popular music. The database will be made available to Internet users, journalists, students, scholars and visitors to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
George Mason University (on behalf of Institute of the Arts)
To support the New Stage Technology Project. The Institute of the Arts' Multimedia Performance Studio will develop new digital systems for coordinating theatrical media during performance, as well as new applications for video and computer projection, including three-dimensional formats. For this project, staff and guest artists will construct systems to synchronize the interplay between sound, lighting, projects, motorized scenery and special effects.
Contemporary American Theater Festival
To support the implementation of integrated software packages to handle the Festival's administrative, marketing and fundraising operations. The project will link all the data required to conduct business under one comprehensive system.
University of Wisconsin (consortium)
To support the development of Portal Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Television (a division of the University's Extension Service) will partner with the state's six largest arts and cultural organizations in the Wisconsin Cultural Coalition to create a Web-searchable, multimedia database that will provide content and links to Wisconsin's arts and cultural resources.
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