FY 2011 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.
Marshall County Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Incorporated
Guntersville , AL
To support Melodies and Musings - Our Appalachian Legacy, a series of dulcimer workshops targeting older adults. The lessons will culminate in a public concert featuring the students and professional musicians.
Rural Members Association Inc.
Aliceville , AL
To support the Freedom Creek Blues Festival. Proposed artists include Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, and Kent and Gary Burnside.
University of Alabama at Birmingham (on behalf of Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center)
Birmingham , AL
To support a performance by violinist Joshua Bell. Prior to the public performance, students will be invited to attend a rehearsal and question-and-answer session with the artist. Partner organizations include the Music Opportunity Program and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama.
Tucson Sino Choir
Tucson , AZ
To support the Arizona Chinese New Year Festival. Featured artists will include pipa player Xiaozhenge Miao, guzheng player Jing Fu, violinist Lan Qiu, and kung fu masters from the Shaolin Martial Arts School.
West Valley Fine Arts Council
Surprise , AZ
To support the creation of a mural through the Council's Gallery 37 program for installation at the Buckeye, Arizona, fire department. Gallery 37, the Council's signature youth arts employment program, engages students ages 15 to 18 with professional artists to design, create, and install permanent pieces of public art for display in the West Valley.
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc. (aka Arkansas Symphony Orchestra)
Little Rock , AR
To support the presentation of Daniel Bernard Roumain's Voodoo Violin Concerto No. 1, including performances and workshops. Roumain (known by his initials, DBR), a classically trained composer, performer, and violinist noted for blending classical, rock, and hip-hop music, will be in residence in Little Rock. Prior to the scheduled concerts, he will lead workshops for local high school students and community members.
John Brown University
Siloam Springs , AR
To support Giving Voice: A Festival of Writing & the Arts. Poet Aaron Baker, nonfiction writer Bryan Doyle, fiction author Kevin McIlvoy, and folk musicians Over the Rhine will participate in activities including workshops and public readings targeting university and high school students, as well as the greater community.
Ozark Foothills Filmfest, Inc.
Locust Grove , AR
To support FilmFest activities, including regional premieres of independent feature films. The festival will also include a workshop led by screenwriter Gordy Hoffman and a presentation of new music for Fritz Lang's classic film Metropolis performed by the Alloy Orchestra.
501 (see three) Arts, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
To support the creation and performance of puppet plays based on the life stories of homeless and hungry Santa Monica residents. Playwright Dan Froot and puppet theater artist Dan Hurlin will collaborate with homeless narrators to produce book-length oral histories for adaptation to theatrical script.
Ali Akbar College of Music
San Rafael , CA
To support a series of concerts, lectures, and classroom demonstrations of classical North Indian Music for East Bay public school children.
Asian American Women Artists Association
San Francisco , CA
To support A Place of Her Own, a multidisciplinary arts exhibition and accompanying programs featuring selected Asian American women artists. Artists will be selected by guest curators Renée Baldocchi, Director of Public Programs at the de Young Museum in San Francisco; Margo Machida, Assistant Professor of Art History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut; and Inson Choy, independent curator and exhibition development consultant.
Black Rock Arts Foundation
San Francisco , CA
To support the Bike Bridge, a public sculpture created of reclaimed bike parts for installation at the gateway of the Uptown Merritt Art Park. The Bike Bridge, the middle phase of a larger revitalization effort being conducted by the Foundation and the City of Oakland, will engage youth from East and West Oakland in the creation of the work under the leadership of selected professional artists.
Craft & Folk Art Museum Incorporating the Egg and the Eye (aka CAFAM)
Los Angeles , CA
To support a solo exhibition and associated programming featuring the work of textile artist Jennifer Angus. She will participate in a variety of educational outreach activities including workshops and artist discussions.
Dancing Earth Creations
San Francisco , CA
To support the performances Of Bodies of Elements (OBOE), which will incorporate movements from featured guest dancer Jacoh Hernandez Cortes' La Danza del Venado (Dance of the Deer). The performances will be presented as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival.
Friends of the Chinese American Museum
Los Angeles , CA
To support (de)Constructing Chinatown, an interactive exhibit created by artist and urban planner James Rojas that will explore Los Angeles's past and future cultural communities. Additionally, visual artists familiar with Los Angeles's Chinatown, such as Phung Hunyh, will explore possibilities of the community's future landscape.
Great Leap, Incorporated
Los Angeles , CA
To support Collaboratory, a cross-disciplinary artist residency and mentorship program for emerging artists. Veteran artists will work with the participants to explore the process of creating theme-based art within a community. Each incubation will culminate in a series of public workshop performances.
Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Inc.
Healdsburg , CA
To support Latin Jazz on the Green, a series of concerts held in local parks featuring musicians Arturo Sandoval, Miguel Zenon, and John Santos. Santos will also lead a lecture on the history of Afro-Caribbean Jazz.
Keshet Chaim Dancers
Sherman Oaks , CA
To support New Jerusalem Rhythm, a contemporary dance concert featuring work by choreographer Kobi Rosenfeld and performances by vocalist David D'Or, as well as several choirs from local houses of worship including the Agape International Choir. Educational components will include the presentation of Jewish folk dance workshops that are being developed in partnership with The Church on the Way in Van Nuys and Llamada Final in Downey.
San Francisco , CA
To support US vs. Narciso-Perez, a new dance-theater work created by choreographer Alleluia Panis, writer Jason Magabo Perez, and composer Ronald Quesada. The piece will explore the life of a Filipino nurse who was accused of murdering patients in Ann Arbor, MI, in 1976. The performances will be held at the Bayanihan Community Center in the SOMA district.
Pajaro Valley Arts Council
Watsonville , CA
To support a visual arts exhibition at the Pajaro Valley Gallery. Among the proposed artists are Jean Beebe, Rob Larson, Will Marino, and Daniella Woolf, who will create works focused on themes and materials found within the urban landscape.
Piece by Piece
Los Angeles , CA
To support the Visiting Artist Series featuring Aida Valencia, Lillian Sizemore, Beth Barror, and Betty Rosen Ziff. The artists will provide lectures and hands-on instruction for creating mosaics to low-income and homeless participants, culiminating in an exhibition and discussion.
Rhythmic Concepts, Inc.
Oakland , CA
To support In The Name of Love, a musical tribute honoring the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Vocalist Linda Tillery will create a selection of songs, incorporating musical influences from the African presence in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and the southern United States for her and Terrence Kelly to perform. The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will also be presented.
San Diego Dance Theatre
San Diego , CA
To support Trolley Dances. Choreographers Jean Isaacs, John Diaz, Paz Tanjuaquio, Minerva Tapia, and Allyson Green will create contemporary dance works to be presented on the Mission Valley Trolley Line for both students and the general public. The project will be produced in partnership with the Metropolitan Transit System.
San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild Inc.
San Jose , CA
To support a production of Cheryl West's Jar the Floor under the direction of Buddy Butler.
Sierra Repertory Theatre, Inc.
Sonora , CA
To support a production of N. Richard Nash's The Rainmaker to benefit geographically rural audiences.Study guides and after-school discussions will be provided for area schools.
Siskiyou Performing Arts Center
Yreka , CA
To support the Kids' Acting Network. The program offers youth participants the opportunity to follow either a theater technical track or a performance track, culminating in a weekend of performances of the students' original works.
Marina , CA
To support Ocean, a work created in collaboration with scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Choreographer Fran Spector Atkins will base the dance on themes such as ocean acidification, changes in sea level, storm patterns, and the ocean food web. Colin Farish will compose original music for the project.
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
Culver City , CA
To support a concert featuring bassist Christian McBride. Outreach activities prior to the concert will include a workshop at the Guadalupe Community Center in Canoga Park, a master class at the World Stage Arts Education and Performance Gallery in South-Central Los Angeles, and assemblies at Sierra Vista Elementary in East Los Angeles.
Creede Repertory Theatre, Inc.
Creede , CO
To support the Young Audience Outreach Tour (YAOT). YAOT provides professional children's theatrical performances for kindergarten through sixth-grade children in rural and underserved communities throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah.
Crestone Performances, Inc.
Crestone , CO
To support the Crestone Music Festival's Cultural Enrichment Initiative that brings performing arts originating from around the world to the rural San Luis Valley of Colorado. Among the proposed artists are John Jorgenson, a pioneer of the American gypsy jazz movement; Aza, a Moroccan ensemble; and Solas, a Celtic band.
International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, Inc.
Denver , CO
To support the Indigenous Film & Arts Festival. Filmmakers will participate in the presentation of documentaries and feature films by and about Native American peoples.
Pueblo Performing Arts Guild, Inc.
Pueblo , CO
To support components of a feasibility plan to restore the Colorado Building. The organization will hire Minneapolis-based ArtSpace Consultants to develop a strategy for redeveloping the 1924 facility as a multifunctional arts complex.
Denver , CO
To support performances by Los Cenzontles at the Chicano Music Festival. The artists will also present workshops for mariachi students at the Denver School for the Arts, Bryant-Webster Middle School, and Su Teatro's Cultural Arts and Education Institute.
Arts Council of Greater New Haven
New Haven , CT
To support the promotion of area arts and culture, including the expansion of online arts and culture news in the region. The project will expand the Council's provision of online news by posting more feature and news content on its own website and through a partnership with the New Haven Independent, a nonprofit online news site.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Cultural Tourism DC, Inc.
Washington , DC
To support Passport DC, a program providing access to artistic programming at Washington, DC, embassies for local residents and visitors. More than 65 embassies present authentic art exhibits, dance and musical performances, lectures, and films to local residents and visitors, at little or no cost.
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Washington , DC
To support the student outreach program of the Environmental Film Festival. Programming will include the screening of environmentally focused films, guest artist discussions, and related activities free-of-charge for local public and charter school students and young children from low-income Washington, DC neighborhoods.
ACA of Central Florida, Inc. (aka ACA)
To support a concert of traditional music of India featuring santoorist Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and tabla player Zakir Hussain. In addition to the concert performance, the guest artists will present a free lecture-demonstration on a local college campus.
Lake Worth , FL
To support A Celebration of African American Culture, a series of cultural programs featuring guest artist Liz Mikel. Programming will include performances and lecture-demonstrations based on the musical theater work, Ain't I a Woman! written by playwright Kim Hines.
Artist Series of Tallahassee, Inc.
Tallahassee , FL
To support a residency and performances by the Mana Saxophone Quartet. The Quartet, which performs music ranging from the contemporary American composer Charles Wuorinen to the Argentinean tango master Astor Piazzolla, will provide school site recitals and workshops throughout Leon and Gadsden Counties.
Greater Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
Pensacola , FL
To support a pre-concert talk and public performance with pianist Adam Golka. Students at Pensacola High School will participate in an in-school student matinee performance and lecture by Golka, as well as attend the dress rehearsal for the public performance.
Lake Worth , FL
To support the Juvenile Detention Center Interactive Arts Program. Youth residing at the Palm Beach Regional Juvenile Detention Center will participate in activities led by university music educator Nicole Yarling.
Northwest Florida Symphony Association Inc.
Destin , FL
To support performances of Spontaneous Combustion by composer Chris Brubeck and featuring violinist Nicolas Kendall. Brubeck and Kendall will also lead master classes for the organization's youth symphony and in-school workshops for local music students.
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, Inc.
To support performances of A Rose Among Thorns, a one-woman show written and performed by acclaimed actress Ella Joyce. The play will be presented as part of the Aurora Jacksonville Black Arts Festival.
Center for Contemporary Dance, Inc.
Winter Park , FL
To support student performances of Moore Dance Project's Sacred Slave Stories featuring narration by actor Harry Burney. Preceding the dance performances, students will tour the exhibit Legendary Florida at the Museum of Florida Art as well as participate in post-performance discussions with artistic director Dario J. Moore.
Albany State University Foundation, Inc.
To support a performance and lecture-demonstration by the Dance Theater of Harlem (DTH) Ensemble. In addition to performances at the Municipal Auditorium for the general public, the DTH Ensemble will conduct a lecture-demonstration for Albany State University students and junior and senior high school students from Dougherty and Lee Counties.
Albany Symphony Association, Inc.
Albany , GA
To support the Symphonic Gospel Celebration, featuring double bassist Joseph Conyers and combined choirs of area African American churches. Conyers, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will perform Prayers of Wind and Rain, a work composed for him by Philadelphia-based composer John B. Hedges.
American Jewish Committee
Atlanta , GA
To support the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, an annual cinematic examination of Jewish life, culture, and history. The festival will showcase narrative and documentary films accompanied with question-and-answer sessions with selected filmmakers, actors, and academics.
LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
LaGrange , GA
To support the creation and presentation of a new work by composer Lee Johnson. The piece will celebrate 19th-century African American architect Horace King, who worked throughout the South and settled in Troup County where the LaGrange Symphony is located.
Statesboro Arts Council (aka Averitt Center for the Arts)
Statesboro , GA
To support the exhibition Greg Mort: The Art of Stewardship. The visual arts exhibition will encourage environmental stewardship and environmental awareness, along with presentations by Mort for students and the general public to explore ideas supporting environmental sustainability.
Theatrical Outfit, Inc.
Atlanta , GA
To support American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and audio description for performances of Young Man From Atlanta by Horton Foote and Caroline, Or Change by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori. StageHands of VSA arts of Georgia will provide the ASL interpretation.
City of Evanston, Illinois
Evanston , IL
To support the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival. The 26th-anniversary Ethnic Arts Festival will feature juried artists and craft exhibitors, as well as music, dance, and spoken word performances for an audience drawn from Evanston and surrounding communities.
Friends of Community Public Art
Joliet , IL
To support the creation of a tile mosaic at the Will County Poor Farm (circa 1850s). Artists Kathleen Farrell and Jesus Rodriguez will work with youth from low-income communities on research, design, and fabrication of the mosaic.
Chicago , IL
To support the Palabra Pura, a writing series curated by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Francisco Aragón. Latino and African American writers will present readings of their work followed by question-and-answer sessions to Chicago writers and audiences.
Chicago , IL
To support concerts of Polish holiday carols and dancing featuring violinist Zofia Glashauser. Presentations will be made in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Dearborn, MI.
Neighborhood Writing Alliance
Chicago , IL
To support If These Blocks Could Talk: Urban Legend, Rumor, and Tall Tales. Folklorist Susan Eleuterio, professor Gary Fine, and poet Kari B. will explore the theme of urban legends with workshop leaders who will then work with low-income adults to create writings for performance and publication.
Quincy Society of Fine Arts
Quincy , IL
To support a cultural tourism marketing initiative for Quincy cultural tourism opportunities, targeting rural audiences in the tri-state area of Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. Marketing will include the production of television and radio PSAs highlighting area arts and cultural organizations and individual artists, for broadcast by approximately 70 media partners in the tri-state area.
City of Cedar Falls, Iowa
Cedar Falls , IA
To support the residency, Chatz with Katz and Marquart. Children's author Alan Katz and jazz poet Debra Marquart, lead for the performance ensemble The Bone People, will be presented at selected Waterloo and Cedar Falls elementary and secondary schools, as well as at the Hearst Center for the Arts.
State Historical Society of Iowa
Des Moines , IA
To support a series of student matinees featuring Opera Iowa, the Two Rivers Story Spinners, and the Old Creamery Theatre Company. Following the performances, the students, in kindergarten through 12th grade, will participate in enrichment activities including music and theater workshops.
Chamber Music At The Barn, Inc.
Maize , KS
To support concerts and master classes by chamber music ensemble Pro Arte Quartet. In addition to concert performances, the quartet will provide youth concerts and master classes focused on classical and contemporary string chamber music for children from inner-city and rural communities.
Hesston , KS
To support a concert performance by male a cappella vocal ensemble Chanticleer. Prior to the performance, Chanticleer Music Director Matthew Oltman will present a master class for the choirs of Hesston College, Bethel College, and several local high schools.
Council on Developmental Disabilities, Inc.
Louisville , KY
To support the Sisters and Brothers Exhibition. Sibling artist pairs featuring Louisville professional artists and artists with developmental disabilities will create works for a public exhibition.
Nicholls State University
Thibodaux , LA
To support Make Your Mark!, a visiting artist lecture series. Guest artists will include ceramicist Lana Wilson, graphic designer Marian Bantjes, and photographer Sally Mann, with programs for high school and college art students, educators, and the general public.
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Natchitoches , LA
To support the Natchtoches-NSU Folk Festival. Craft demonstrations, storytelling, and performances of tribal songs and dance will focus on the festival theme of The Tribes Remain: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Cultures.
Opera House Arts
Stonington , ME
To support a performance of Chautauqua!, a production of the National Theater of the United States. Prior to the performances, the organization will conduct research with the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society on the Chautauqua's original tour through the area in the early 20th century, the granite industry's surge during the same era, and the region's maritime history.
Engaged Community Offshoots, Inc.
Hyattsville , MD
To support Cultivating Community/Cultivar la Comunidad, which includes the creation of a public mural led by artist Matthew Gifford. The project is a component of a neighborhood revitalization effort in Riverdale, MD, in partnership with the community development corporation.
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Riverdale , MD
To support public performances by the Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Related activities will include matinee demonstrations for school groups and senior citizens, and master classes for area dancers.
Community Images, Inc.
Williamstown , MA
To support the presentation of Muppets, Music, & Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy. The touring program includes the screening of rare film compilations, popular Henson films, and a presentation featuring a Muppeteer, at Images Cinema for an audience drawn from Williamstown and surrounding rural communities.
Danforth Museum Corporation
Framingham , MA
To support History Through Art: The Civil War and Framingham, a series of exhibitions and related activities featuring the work of illustrators Claire A. Nivola and Adam Gustavson. The focal point of the exhibit will be Nivola's paintings for The Silent Witness and Gustavson's for the Yankee at the Seder - both of which are books set within the timeframe of the Civil War.
Lawrence , MA
To support the Movement City Writing Conference. The organization will partner with the local literary organization Andover Bread Loaf to select a guest artist who will lead a series of creative writing workshops targeted for Latino youth, culminating in a public performance.
Roxbury Action Program
Roxbury , MA
To support Jazz Concerts in Dudley Square, a series of performances and educational components. Featured artists will include trombonist Craig Harris, saxophonist Oliver Lake, saxophonist Odean Pope, drummer Warren Smith, and jazz ensemble The Makanda Project.
Roxbury , MA
To support ¡Viva Nuestra Musica!, a series of workshops followed by evening performances of Latino music and culture. Particpating artists will include drummer Pedrito Martinez, saxophonist Miguel Zenon, and Afro-Puerto Rican jazz musician William Cepeda.
Medford , MA
To support KaWa Hula: Hula Through Time, featuring the dance ensemble Hālau o Keikiali'i. The group will partner with other New England Native American indigenous artists to present public performances, school matinees, and workshops.
Lansing Symphony Association, Inc. (aka Lansing Symphony Orchestra)
Lansing , MI
To support Exploring Gershwin & Ravel, a concert featuring pianist Anton Nel. Related activities will include a pre-concert lecture hosted by classical radio host Jody Knol and an open rehearsal for local high school students.
Northwestern Michigan College (aka Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan)
Traverse City , MI
To support Go Where You Are, an exhibition of works by Jim Hay. The textile artist will travel from his home in Japan to participate in activities including a public lecture and a workshop for artists.
St. Clair County Community College
Port Huron , MI
To support the Patterns Visiting Artists Forum featuring author Margaret McMullan, poet Denise Duhamel, and visual artists Zack Ostrowski and Thomas Pyrzewski. In addition to readings, workshops, and an exhibition, the guest artists will work with students to develop work for publication in the literary magazine Patterns.
Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, Inc.
St. Cloud , MN
To support a concert and school residency by The Four Nations Ensemble. The early music artists - a core ensemble of harpsichord or fortepiano, violin, flute, and cello - will peform as part of the Chamber Music Society's presenting series, and will be in short-term residency at the Royalton Elementary School where they will provide concerts and workshops.
Family Housing Fund
Minneapolis , MN
To support Speaking of Home - St. Paul, a public art project under the direction of photographer Nancy Ann Coyne. Stories and photographs of the journeys of recent immigrants living in CommonBond Communities' affordable housing residences will be installed on nearby skyway bridges in downtown St. Paul.
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association
Minneapolis , MN
To support performances of AccorDances, a composition by Shelley Hanson and featuring accordionist Mark Stillman. The organization will present the performances for low-income seniors with disabilities at Elliot and Nicollet Island Parks.
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Moorhead , MN
To support a performance by the Harlem Gospel Choir. Prior to the performance, the guest artists will provide master classes for local community, high school, and university choirs.
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, Inc. (aka MCC)
Port Gibson , MS
To support production of the oral history magazine I Ain't Lying. The publication will feature interviews and photographs of elder community members taken by middle and high school students under the guidance of a local writer, photographer, and visual artists.
Mississippi Festival Foundation, Inc.
Sardis , MS
To support student and public performances by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Additionally, local choral students and music teachers will participate in a workshop with the artists and also be invited to an open rehearsal.
New Stage, Inc.
Jackson , MS
To support a production of A Soldier's Play by Charles Fuller. High school students will be provided with tickets, study guides and transportation to student matinees, and post-performance discussions with the artists.
North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic, Inc.
Potts Camp , MS
To support the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic, a blues music festival. Proposed guest artists include Robert Belfour, Kenny Brown, DuWayne Burnside, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Robert Kimbrough.
St. Louis Classical Guitar Society
Saint Louis , MO
To support student matinee performances featuring the Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company and classical guitarist Tim Callobre. Teachers will have access to pre- and post- concert study guides as well as DVD recordings of the artists for classroom use.
StoneLion Puppet Theatre
Kansas City , MO
To support Our Spring Won't Be Silent, a series of community art festivals. A culminative festival will utilize puppets made by the community members at neighborhood events.
Alberta Bair Theater Corporation
Billings , MT
To support Classical is Cool, a concert series featuring pianist Christopher O'Riley, cellist Matt Haimovitz, and the Carpe Diem String Quartet. In addition to concert performances at the Alberta Bair Theater, the guest artists will participate in school residencies and other community outreach activities for audiences drawn from the Rocky Mountain Northwest.
Glacier Symphony and Chorale, Inc. (aka GSC)
Kalispell , MT
To support Festival Amadeus, a series of chamber music and orchestra concerts. Guest artists - who have previously included pianist Joel Fan, violinist Tim Fain, and cellist Stephen Framil - also will teach clinics for the community.
Performing Arts Company, Inc. (aka Bitterroot Performing Arts Council (BPAC))
Hamilton , MT
To support the presentation of the Ravi Coltrane Quartet. Saxophonist Coltrane (son of John Coltrane) will lead a master class with area music students, as well as participate in a pre-performance lecture.
Whitefish Theatre Co.
Whitefish , MT
To support performances by Dancing Earth, an American Indian modern dance company. Outreach activities will include school matinees and lectures targeted to rural youth.
Museum of Nebraska Art
Kearney , NE
To support a retrospective exhibit Nebraska/New York: Through the Eyes of Myron Heise. Related activities will include public lectures by the artist and an abridged version of the exhibit will travel to several rural Nebraska towns.
Currier Museum of Art
Manchester , NH
To support the exhibition Jon Brooks: Bringing Art and Nature to Children and Families. A comprehensive selection of educational and community outreach activities will accompany the retrospective exhibition of works by Brooks, a New Hampshire artist who is a leading member of the American studio furniture movement.
Jazz House Kids, Inc.
West Orange , NJ
To support Jazz for Generations, featuring jazz pianist Chick Corea. In addition to leading a master class for high school band students, Corea will participate in an evening program that will include a performance and interview by bassist Christian McBride.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Inc. (aka Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company)
Fort Lee , NJ
To support performances of Year of the Rabbit: Chinese New Year Celebration featuring the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York. Paper-cutting artist Ho-Tien Cheng will create a stage design for the production as well as provide demonstrations for audience members prior to the performances.
People and Stories Gente y Cuentos Inc.
Trenton , NJ
To support Reading Literature, Writing our Stories, a series of readings, discussions, and workshops with author Lauren B. Davis and poet Paul Muldoon. Project participants will be selected from local service organizations. Compilations of participant writings will be distributed at a final ceremony.
Salem County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Salem , NJ
To support a multimedia project interpreting the stories of African Americans and the Underground Railroad in Salem County, New Jersey. The project components include a commissioned photography exhibition by Wendel A. White, storytelling via cellphone audio tours, and a dedicated website that will include an online exhibition, maps, and educational materials.
Sussex County Community College
Newton , NJ
To support performances by the RIOULT dance company. In addition to a public performance, the artists will present a master class for local dance students, as well as programs for the Halsted Street Middle School and Bristol Glen Continuing Care Retirement Community.
Union County College Foundation (on behalf of The Theater Project)
Cranford , NJ
To support a production of The African Company Presents Richard III by Carlyle Brown. Outreach components will include study guides for inner-city high schools, post-performance talk-backs with the artists, and the presentation of scenes from the play at several of the college's campuses.
Mimbres Region Arts Council, Inc.
Silver City , NM
To support the Youth Mural Program, through which youth are paired with professional artists to create murals expressing the culture and history of the Grant County region. Selected artists will work with students ages seven to 18 to interview area residents and incorporate local history and aesthetics in the mural design.
New Mexico Literary Arts (aka Alzheimer's Poetry Project)
Santa Fe , NM
To support the Alzheimer's Poetry Project. Poet Jimmy Santiago Baca will train local artists to facilitate poetry workshops, conducted in both Spanish and English, with individuals suffering from Alzheimer's disease. A culminating event, held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, will include readings of poems created by the patients.
Sawmill Community Land Trust (aka Sawmill CLT)
Albuquerque , NM
To support the Carneul Road Parade and Fiesta, featuring a performance by the theater company Wise Fool New Mexico.
Taos Center for the Arts
Taos , NM
To support the Youth Mosaic and Mural Project under the direction of artists George Chacon and Katie Woodall. Young people will work with professional artists to create the mural based on their research of New Mexico's cultural influences. The mural will be located on the exterior walls of the Taos Community Auditorium.
American Dance Asylum, Inc.
Corning , NY
To support the Rural New York State Dance Outreach program that will include residencies by Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana and Inspirit Dance Company.
Brooklyn Ballet, Inc.
Brooklyn , NY
To support What is Ballet?, a series of interactive, in-school lecture-demonstrations featuring guest artists Alexander Glaz and Akua Parker. The project will introduce ballet and explain its origins to children within identified Brooklyn schools.
Catskill Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (aka CSO)
Oneonta , NY
To support a concert, master class, and enrichment program featuring violinist Mark O'Connor. In addition to the concert in which he will perform his Concerto No. 1 for Fiddle and Orchestra, O'Connor will conduct a master class and enrichment program for select students in grades one to 12, demonstrating his innovative approach to teaching violin.
Children's Museum of the Arts
New York , NY
To support the Haitian Children's Art Festival featuring visual artist Jean Claude Dominique. The festival will feature a variety of hands-on, artist-led workshops focused on Haitian visual and performing art forms that will be targeted to the large New York City population of individuals of Haitian descent.
Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island
Staten Island , NY
To support Staten Island Voices: Bridging Communities, Circulating Ideas, and Sustaining Traditions, a folk arts exhibition program. Conducted in partnership with branches of the New York Public Library, the program will feature demonstrations, presentations, and performances by local artists practicing traditional art forms such as Latin folkloric dance, Sri Lankan dance and music, and Asante Kente cloth weaving.
Goodwill Theatre, Inc.
Johnson City , NY
To support a production of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Educational components of the performances, targeted towards middle and high school students in rural communities, will include study guides, DVDs illustrating suggested teaching aids, and post-performance discussions with the artists.
New York , NY
To support Performing ArtWorks, a series of concerts and workshops featuring artists selected in consultation with Hospital Audiences, Inc. All activities will be held at public housing developments in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.
Huntington Arts Council, Inc.
Huntington , NY
To support Puppets on the Sound, a festival featuring selected puppet companies in live performance and the presentation of a series of puppet-themed films. Performers will be selected from a roster of regional, national, and international touring companies. Among the proposed artists are ShadowLight Productions, Teatro SEA, and the Hudson Vagabond Puppets.
Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, Inc.
New York , NY
To support ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival. Films and related panel discussions by and about people living with disabilities will be presented in more than 12 locations throughout the area.
Lewiston Council on the Arts Inc
Lewiston , NY
To support visual arts residencies at the Old Sanborn Days Festival. Artists Erwin Printup, William Cooper, and Brian Ruth will conduct workshops and demonstrations for a Sanborn, NY, audience, including rural and Native American residents.
Myrtle Ave Commercial Revitalization and Dev Project LDC
Brooklyn , NY
To support the creation of a mural under the direction of artist Ellie Balk. The mural will be designed through a collaborative process with community residents and will be fabricated and installed under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
Niagara County Community College
Sanborn , NY
To support Fibers and Content: Papermaking and Printmaking as Social Engagement. Artists from the Combat Paper Project will work with veterans and other community members to make paper from military uniforms. Then, text and visual images developed through the workshops will be printed on the handmade paper by artists Anne Muntges and Hyeyoung Shin.
Quintet of the Americas,Inc.
Douglaston , NY
To support the Tango Celebration, a concert featuring bandoneonist Daniel Binelli and pianist Polly Ferman. Prior to the concert, a series of workshops will explore the history of tango.
Second Generation Productions, Inc.
New York , NY
To support In the Works: Fourteen, a reading series of original work by emerging and established Asian American playwrights. In addition to new pieces being developed, several one-acts will be expanded into readings of full-length plays.
Storytelling Arts Center of the Southeast, Inc.
Laurinburg , NC
To support Roots 1 Celebration, a festival featuring Scot-Irish American, African American, and American Indian storytellers, visual artists, and musicians. Artists will include storytellers Hannah Harvey and Tyris Jones, as well as fiddler Jamie Leval and flutist Jonathan C. Ward.
Circle of Nations School, Inc.
Wahpeton , ND
To support the Native Art/Literacy Videography Integration Project, featuring guest artists videographer Mike Hazard and folk artist Anthony Richard "Miskomin" LaFromboise. LaFromboise will teach the Ojibway traditional art of birch bark basketmaking to Circle of Nations students and the work will be shared with the general public through exhibits, artist discussions, and the screening of a student-made documentary film that will be created under the direction of Hazard.
Art Opportunities, Inc. (aka ArtWorks, Inc.)
Cincinnati , OH
To support MuralWorks, creating murals for installation in Cincinnati neighborhoods. Working in partnership with the City of Cincinnati, neighborhood civic organizations, and businesses, MuralWorks will pair professional artists with teen apprentices to create murals in Cincinnati West End neighborhoods.
Cleveland , OH
To support the commission, presentation, and recording of a new world premiere by composer Margaret Brouwer. Tentatively titled Daniel and the Snakeman and designed to provide an accessible entry point to orchestral music for children and their families, performances of the work will take place in venues throughout Cuyahoga County.
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Cincinnati , OH
To support architectural design services for the continued renovation of the Clifton School. Champlin Architecture has been selected as the firm to lead the design of phase two renovations of the 1906 Beaux-Arts style building that is home to the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.
University of Akron Main Campus
Akron , OH
To support the Wayne College Shakespeare Festival, featuring performances by the American Shakespeare Center on Tour. A performance and related workshop will be presented specifically for rural high school students.
Rose State College
Midwest City , OK
To support Global Oklahoma, a festival featuring different cultural traditions. Past artists have included vocalists Mihn Tuyet, Quynh Vi, and Quang Le, as well as violinist Kyle Dillingham and guitarist Edgar Cruz.
City of Grants Pass, Oregon
Grants Pass , OR
To support the visual arts component of the annual community-based arts festival, Art Along the Rogue. Selected guest artists will provide workshops and demonstrations on the techniques of the creation of large-scale street painting (madonnari). Past artists have included Lori Escalera and Tracy Lee Stum.
Portland Jazz Festival, Incorporated
Portland , OR
To support a concert featuring bassist and vocalist Espranza Spalding. Spalding, a Portland native, will also perform for local middle schools as well as participate in a public conversation about jazz that will be broadcast on a local public radio station.
Rogue Valley Symphony Association
Ashland , OR
To support concerts featuring cellist Elinor Frey. Music students attending Southern Oregon University, Ashland High School, and Grants Pass High School, as well as individuals involved with the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon, will benefit from outreach activities with the guest artist.
Artreach, Inc. (aka Art-Reach)
Philadelphia , PA
To support the Independence Starts Here Marketing Initiative, an audience development program targeted toward persons with sensory disabilities such as hearing and visual impairments. Working in partnership with arts organizations and service providers such as the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and VSA Pennsylvania, the initiative will assist with marketing accessible events to the identified targeted population.
City of Asylum Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh , PA
To support the Jazz-Poetry Concert, an annual event that will bring together renowned jazz musicians, poets, and writers selected to participate in the event by an established selection committee. Previous guest artists have included the Oliver Lake Jazz Quintet, the World Saxophone Quartet, and poets Patricia Jabbeh Wesley and Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka.
City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (aka City of Lancaster PA, Public Art Program)
Lancaster , PA
To support the commission of a site-specific art work for a city park located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A call to artists will be issued and the selected artist will engage the residents of the sixth Ward neighborhood in the design of the art work to be installed in the neighborhood park.
Erie , PA
To support a concert featuring clarinetist Jon Manasse playing newly commissioned work by Lowell Liebermann. Community outreach efforts will include a pre-concert lecture targeting a local retirement community.
Gamut Theatre Group, Inc.
Harrisburg , PA
To support a production of Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well. The free outdoor performances will take place at Reservoir Park in Allison Hill, a largely low-income, multi-ethnic neighborhood.
Huntingdon County Arts Council
Huntingdon , PA
To support Folk College, series of concerts and workshops focused on traditional American and international folk music. Scheduled to take place at Juniata College, folk ensembles will serve as instructors as well as perform during the concerts that will draw audiences from rural, central Pennsylvania.
Keystone Art & Culture Center
Lancaster , PA
To support The Southesast Youth Art Garden. Youth, ages eight to 18 from low-income families, will work with artist George Mummert to create bronze tiles that will be integrated into the garden located on South Duke Street.
Montgomery County Community College
Blue Bell , PA
To support performances by the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre. In addition to a public performance, the artists will lead a workshop at the Marshall Street Elementary School.
Pennsylvania Youth Theatre
Bethlehem , PA
To support the production of Tomá s and the Library Lady, a play written by José Cruz González, based on the book by Pat Mora. The production will tour to local schools and libraries and will be accompanied by a bilingual study guide.
Susquehanna Folk Music Society, Inc.
New Cumberland , PA
To support North American Traditions, a series of performances featuring musicians such as De Temps Anton, Gadelle, and Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys. Guest artists will be featured in workshops to accompany public performances.
Sweetwater Art Center
Sewickley , PA
To support the Mavuno Festival of African American Art and Culture. In addition to jazz performances, a visual arts exhibition, art workshops for children, and a concert of gospel music, percussionist Babatunde Lea will provide lessons on African cultural forms to local students.
YM&WHA & IKC (aka JCC of Greater Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh , PA
To support Too Shallow for Diving: The 21st Century is Treading Water an exhibit of painting, sculpture, video, photography and spoken word exploring the ways water can both positively and negatively impact the public. Artists Vanessa German, Prudent Gill, and Richard Harned will lead outreach activities that include writing and theater workshops for young people.
Washington Pavilion Management, Inc.
Sioux Falls , SD
To support Dance of Water, an exhibition of painter Charles Liu's work. Liu will lead workshops with youth, participate in a panel discussion, and create a painting on-site of the Big Sioux River Falls.
Chattanooga , TN
To support the second company of American Ballet Theatre (ABT II) in performance and community outreach activities. In addition to a performance at the Tivoli Theater, ABT II company members will conduct workshops at various parks and recreation centers throughout Chattanooga.
Germantown Performing Arts Centre
Germantown , TN
To support student matinees of Compagnia TPO's production of Icelandic House/Kindur. TPO dancers will lead several workshops, one of which will benefit the Madonna Learning Center, a school for children with disabilities.
Knoxville Museum of Art
Knoxville , TN
To support the exhibit Peter Sarkisian: Video Works 1996-2008. The artist will lead workshops with students at Austin East and Fulton High Schools, which will result in a display of the students' work at the museum.
Roxy Productions, Inc.
Clarksville , TN
To support a production of Leon Martell's Bea(u)tiful in the Extreme, a play about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Related educational activities will include student matinees, study guides for teachers, and post-performance question-and-answer sessions with the artists. In partnership with the Customs House Museums & Cultural Center, students will also tour the museum on the day they attend the performance.
Tennessee Women's Theater Project
Nashville , TN
To support in-school performances of Warriors Don't Cry by Eisa Davis. The play is based on the memoir by Melba Pattillo Beals, one of nine African American children who integrated the Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The play will be performed by actress Tamiko Robinson.
VSA arts Tennessee
Gallatin , TN
To support a showcase of artists with disabilities at the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall. Proposed artists include actress Estelle Condra and guitarist Nick Sharp, as well as vocalists Carol Ponder and JP Williams.
Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra Association
To support a performance by Cirque de la Symphonie and a collaborative series of musical performances, exhibitions, and lecture-demonstrations.
Amarillo Symphony, Inc.
Amarillo , TX
To support performances and related outreach activities concluding the Symphony's 85th season. Featured guest artists will include mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson, soprano Jeanine Thames, and pianist Davide Cabassi in a performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major and Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection.
City of Dallas, Texas
Dallas , TX
To support the Día del Niño Festival, highlighting Latin American traditions. Selected artists Alegre Ballet Folklórico, Cara Mía Theater Company, and the Parranda Venezuela music ensemble will be presented during the Children's Day festival that is inspired by a long-standing custom in Latin American countries including Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
Commerce Street Stage (aka The Magik Theatre)
San Antonio , TX
To support performances and related activities featuring the work of children's author and literacy advocate, R.L. Stine. Project activities (developed in partnership by the Magik Theatre, the San Antonio Independent School District, and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation) will include a live stage adaptation of Stine's Goosebumps, post-performance discussions with the author, and author-led workshops.
Great Promise Inc.
Austin , TX
To support the American Indian Heritage Festival and Powwow at the Toney Burger Center. Educational programs will be offered the day following the festival at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Jubilee Players Inc.
Fort Worth , TX
To support performances of the play Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery by Shay Youngblood. In addition to the professional production, Youngblood and director Phyllis Cicero will work with South Hills and OD Wyatt High Schools to produce condensed versions of the play for their communities.
Lubbock Arts Alliance, Inc. (aka Lubbock Arts Alliance)
Lubbock , TX
To support the Lubbock Arts Festival, featuring an exhibit of work by visual artist Herb Williams, who creates sculptures constructed with crayons. The festival will include other visual and performing artists from across the nation, some of whom will be selected from the state arts agency touring roster.
McAllen International Museum
McAllen , TX
To support Running the Numbers, an exhibit of work by digital photographer and environmental artist Chris Jordan. The artist will present a lecture for the public and another for elementary school students.
University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College
Brownsville , TX
To support a public performance by the wind quintet Imani Winds. Outreach activities include interactive concerts for local middle and high school students, as well as workshops and master classes for university students.
Moab Music Festival, Inc.
Moab , UT
To support a public performance by the Punch Brothers. The band will also perform for students at Grand County High School.
University of Utah (on behalf of Kingsbury Hall)
Salt Lake City , UT
To support a student matinee performance by Momix dance company. Educational enhancements include study guides and a post-performance question-and-answer session with the artists.
Green Mountain Cultural Center, Inc
Waitsfield , VT
To support a production of Carmen by Georges Bizet. Proposed artists include baritone Troy Cook, bass Erik Kroncke, soprano Mariateresa Magisano, mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah, and tenor Dinyar Vania.
Empowered Women International
ALEXANDRIA , VA
To support the We the People Project, a mixed-media group exhibition and related activities featuring the work of Muslim and Arab women artists. The program will include a juried group exhibition of Muslim and Arab women artists living in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area; a discussion with the presenting artists; and arts demonstrations in calligraphy, miniature painting, and textile art decoration by local artists.
Latin Ballet of Virginia, Inc.
Richmond , VA
To support the creation and presentation of Verde, Te Quiero Verde by choreographer Rosana Barragan Olarte, with music by composers Robbie Kinter and Marc Langelier. The work, an exploration of current environmental issues, will be presented in select local Richmond parks, as well as rural schools in the region.
Tamworth Music Festival (aka Staunton Music Festival)
Staunton , VA
To support the Noon-Time Concert and Outreach Series. Proposed artists include bass Michael Haag, baritone Kevin McMillan, countertenor Drew Minter, violinist Diane Pascal, and cellist James Wilson. Locations will include the Blackfriars Playhouse, Central United Methodist Church, Temple House of Israel, and the Booker T. Washington Center.
Bremerton Symphony Association
Bremerton , WA
To support the Inspiring Virtuosity concert, featuring violinist Marié Rossano. The concert will be preceded by several interactive mini concerts with conductor Alan Futterman and Rossano, who will introduce the concert music to the diverse populations of Washington's Kitsap Peninsula.
Columbia Basin College
Pasco , WA
To support the Columbia Basin Literary Festival (LitFest), a literary reading series. Through an established selection process, the annual author reading series brings award-winning authors such as Sandra Cisneros, Pete Fromm, George Saunders, and Jess Walter for presentation to the residents of Benton and Franklin Counties.
Spokane , WA
To support the Visiting Writers Series. Past artists, who have included Robert Hass, Denis Johnson, Bharti Mukherjee, Sharon Olds, and Natasha Trethewey, will participate in public readings and question-and-answer sessions.
Methow Music Festival Association (aka Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival)
Winthrop , WA
To support festival performances by the Parker Quartet. Members violist Jessica Boddner, cellist Kee-Hyun Kim, and violinists Daniel Chong and Karen Kim will have the opportunity to collaborate with other artists in attendance, including composer Daron Aric Hagen, pianist Craig Sheppard, and the Finisterra Piano Trio.
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Eastsound , WA
To support festival performances by the Gryphon Trio. The artists, including cellist Roman Borys, pianist Jamie Parker, and violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, will also participate in discussions about chamber music with the public.
VSA arts of Washington
Seattle , WA
To support ArtSpring!, an arts festival targeting students from special needs and inclusive classrooms. Following a morning of interactive workshops for the students, the participating artists will perform for the general public.
Carnegie Hall, Inc. (aka Carnegie Hall)
Lewisburg , WV
To support the Rhythm, Blues and All That Jazz Festival. Featured artists will include Richie Havens, the subdudes, Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, and Bob Margolin, in addition to workshops and exhibits.
Express Yourself Milwaukee Inc
Milwaukee , WI
To support a performance featuring Express Yourself Milwaukee (EYM) participants. EYM programming exposes inner-city youth ages 7 to 21 to the performing and visual arts and provides performance opportunities in collaboration with selected guest artists. Past artists have included Amlak Tafari (bassist for the popular reggae band Steel Pulse) and poet Jimmy Santiago Baca.
Kennedy Heights Neighborhood Association, Inc. (aka Kennedy Heights Community Center)
Madison , WI
To support On the Borderline, a community art project led by photographer Sandy Wojtal-Weber. Several photography displays will exhibit the work of youth participants from low-income communities.
Milwaukee , WI
To support the Milwaukee Jewish Arts Festival. Guest artists including the Prometheus Trio will participate in performances and master classes, as well as pre- and post-concert discussions.
Lander Children's Museum
LANDER , WY
To support Lander Explores Termespheres - A Community Presentation of Arts, Geometry and Science. Artist Dick Termes, who paints in six-point perspective, will present an exhibit of his work and lead public workshops and classes for high school art and geometry students.
TOTAL GRANTS AWARDED: 170
TOTAL DOLLARS AWARDED: 1,700,000
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