FY 2012 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.
Magic City Smooth Jazz
To support Jazz in the Park, a series of concerts at W.C. Patton, Ensley, East Lake, and Arthur Shores Parks. Artists will include saxophonists Vann Burchfield and Kenny Williams, as well as guitarists Keith Williams and Roland Gresham.
Marshall County Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Inc.
To support Melodies and Musings - Our Appalachian Legacy, a series of dulcimer workshops targeted to older adults. The lessons will culminate in a public concert featuring the workshop participants, as well as professional musicians including Bill Collins, Steve Eulberg, Heidi Muller, and Butch Ross.
Borderlands Theater Teatro Fronterizo, Inc.
To support the production of Agnes Under the Big Top, a new work by Aditi Brennan Kapil. The work explores the intersecting lives of recent immigrants to this country and will be presented at the Zuzi Theater and other community venues for audiences drawn from throughout Tucson.
Cochise County Community College District (aka Cochise College)
To support the Cochise Community Creative Writing Celebration. Among the proposed authors for the annual, two-day literary conference and reading series are Beth Alvarado, Denise Chavez, Cynthia Hogue, and Marge Pellegrino.
Tucson Sino Choir
To support the Arizona Chinese New Year Festival. Guest artists will include pipa soloist Xian Zhao, guzheng soloist Yadi Jin, and dizi soloist Wang Hongliang.
West Valley Fine Arts Council
To support the Gallery 37 - Arizona Centennial Project featuring the creation of a mural for installation in Estrella Mountain Regional Park. 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 in the West Valley.
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc.
Little Rock, AR
To support performances and workshops featuring the work of composer Michael Torke and percussionist Alexej Gerassimez. Torke's Mojave Concerto for Marimba will be the featured presentation during the performances to take place at the Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock.
Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas
Pine Bluff, AR
To support an exhibition and residency program, Painting Your Way Out of a Corner: Using Life Struggles to Create Art, featuring the work of Mary Lovelace O'Neal. O'Neal will conduct lecture-demonstrations for area high school and University of Arkansas Pine Bluff students.
John Brown University
Siloam Springs, AR
To support Giving Voice: A Festival of Writing & the Arts. High school students and community members, as well as university students and faculty, will participate in workshops and readings presented by nonfiction writer Brian Doyle, fiction writer Kevin Brockmeier, poet Gwen Hart, and songwriter Traci Rae Letellier.
3rd I South Asian Independent Film (aka 3rd i Films)
San Francisco, CA
To support the South Asian International Film Festival. The 10th annual festival will include full-length features, documentaries, and short films by South Asian filmmakers from the United States, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Europe, Canada, and the South Asian diaspora, with a special program called Bombay Noir featuring guest filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Sriram Raghavan.
API Cultural Center (aka Oakland Asian Cultural Center)
To support the development of A History of the Body, performed by artists from the Pagbabalik (Return) Project. The multidisciplinary, spoken word performance piece will explore the ways body images of immigrants are affected by cultural, historical, and media influences.
Classics for Kids, Inc.
San Diego, CA
To support Las Tradiciones Musicales Concert Series & Educational Workshops, featuring Mexican musical traditions. Guest artists, including the Leyenda Dance Company, Jeff Nevin, and Mariachi Garibaldi, will participate in the bilingual concert series for audiences from throughout San Diego County.
San Francisco, CA
To support Tales of Pangu, a full-length interdisciplinary program featuring the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Men's Chorus. With music and song from the men's chorus, the work will present ancient Chinese creation myths and the stories of Pangu, a central figure in Chinese mythology.
Grand Vision Foundation
San Pedro, CA
To support the Latino History Month Music & Dance Program, a series of workshops and concerts highlighting the folklorico, salsa, and tango genres. Potential participating musical ensembles include La Santa Cecilia, Orquesta La Fiebre, and La Mariachi Estrela de Jalisco.
Lively Arts Foundation
To support a performance by Alonzo King LINES Ballet and related outreach. Activities will include an introductory dance class for the community and a contemporary dance master class for area dance students.
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
To support the Latino Audience Development Program, a series of performances and exhibits highlighting Latino arts and culture. Activities will include performances by Chilean flute group Chaski, Brazilian choro group Grupo Falso Baiano, and Mexican son jarocho group Son del Centro.
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Inc.
To support Celebrating Our Traditions in Harmony, a choral concert featuring the a cappella ensemble Vocolot. The performance will premiere several new choral pieces created by Terrance Kelly, artistic director of Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and Linda Hirschhorn, artistic director of Vocolot that explore gospel, spirituals, folk, and world music.
Peninsula Symphony Association
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
To support Awakening Emotions, a concert featuring pianist Esther Keel, and related outreach activities. In addition to the concert, Keel will make presentations to students at three local Title I elementary schools.
Piece by Piece
Los Angeles, CA
To support the Visiting Artist Series, a sequence of workshops and lectures featuring mosaic artists Beth Barror, Jolino Beserra, Kim Emerson, and Lillian Sizemore. The project will target low-income residents and culminate in an exhibit of the participants' work at The Mark, an events venue in Los Angeles.
Rhythmic Concepts, Inc.
To support In the Name of Love, a musical tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring vocalist Mavis Staples. Additional artists participating in the concert will include the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the Oakland Children's Community Choir.
Rhythmix Cultural Works
To support the Island Arts Concert Series and workshops, featuring musical traditions from islands around the world. In partnership with the Alameda Boys & Girls Club and Girls Incorporated of the Island City, youth will participate in workshops taught by the guest artists. Proposed artists include Gamelan Seka Jaya (Bali), Hanayui (Japan), Helladelics (Greece), and the John Santos Sextet (pan-Caribbean).
San Diego Dance Theatre (aka Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater)
San Diego, CA
To support Trolley Dances, featuring original works by choreographers Jean Isaacs, Joe Alter, Monica Bill Barnes, and Greg Sample. The project will be produced in partnership with the Metropolitan Transit System and be presented on the Mission Valley Trolley Line for both students and the general public.
San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild Inc.
San Jose, CA
To support “Jazz Reflections” and related outreach activities.
Shasta County Arts Council
To support a design project, Sails Over Old City Hall Courtyard. A new design will be developed for the courtyard of the historic Old City Hall, the home of the Shasta County Arts Council, to make it more accommodating for outdoor cultural events.
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
Culver City, CA
To support a community concert featuring guitarist Lee Ritenour and related outreach. Additional outreach activities will include a master class at the World Stage Arts Education and Performance Gallery in Los Angeles, as well as workshops at The Harmony Project in Hollywood and the Guadalupe Community Center in Canoga Park.
Creede Repertory Theatre, Inc.
To support the Young Audience Outreach Tour (YAOT). The 2012 YAOT will provide 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. (aka Crestone Music Festival)
To support the Crestone Music Festival's Cultural Enrichment Initiative. Bringing performing arts originating from around the world to the rural San Luis Valley of Colorado, proposed artists for the series include Tito Puente Jr., Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, and Vieux Farka Toure, among others.
International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, Inc.
To support the Indigenous Film & Arts Festival, a showcase of documentaries, shorts, and feature films by and about Native American peoples. Actor and director Gary Farmer will appear alongside a retrospective of his work.
Pueblo Performing Arts Guild, Inc.
To support the development of architectural designs for the Pueblo Creative Industry Building Complex. Proposed sites to undergo adaptive reuse include the Pueblo Ice House, Holmes Hardware Company Building, and the Colorado Building. Local arts organizations that commit to being housed at the facility will collaborate with the selected architects to finalize the design.
Artists Collective, Inc.
To support a residency by Senegalese dancer and choreographer Babacar M'Baye, master drummer Cheikh M'Baye, and dance company Sing Sing Rhythm. The residency, including lecture-demonstrations for students in surrounding Hartford schools and a master workshop open to the public, will culminate in a public performance.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Cultural Tourism DC, Inc.
To support Passport DC, a program that promotes access to artistic programming at Washington, DC embassies for residents and visitors. From Australia to Zambia, the cultural tourism promotion highlights art exhibits, dance and musical performances, lectures, and films presented at more than 65 embassies.
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (aka DC Environmental Film Festival)
To support the annual programming that will include screenings of environmentally focused films, discussions with filmmakers, and related activities. Events are free-of-charge and take place at theaters and public libraries for local public and charter school students from low-income Washington, DC neighborhoods.
Theatre Lab (aka The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts)
To support The Life Stories Outreach Program for Adults. Playwright Jennifer Nelson will work with clients of the N Street Village, a not-for-profit serving low-income and homeless women, to create a play that will be performed by the project participants at a professional theater venue.
ACA of Central Florida, Inc. (aka Asian Cultural Association)
To support Masters of Percussion with NEA National Heritage Fellow Zakir Hussain, featuring master tabla player Hussain and an ensemble of Indian musicians. The concert and planned free lecture-demonstration on a local college campus will address ACA's mission to encourage the preservation of the ancient performing arts traditions of Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
Association of the Performing Arts of India, Inc.
Pembroke Pines, FL
To support a concert performance and lecture-demonstrations featuring Indian classical music. Proposed artists include sitarists Manju Mehta and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, accompanied by tabla players Nitin Mitta and Hetal Mehta, who will perform at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and conduct lecture-demonstrations at the Broward College central campus.
Center for Contemporary Dance
Winter Park, FL
To support performances of Sacred Slave Stories: Vivifying Black History through Contemporary Dance. Under the direction of Dario J. Moore and narrated by Harry Burney, the work will feature modern dance vignettes inspired by federally archived, African American slave narratives originating from Florida.
United Arts Council of Collier County
To support a residency by the dance, percussion, and vocal ensemble, Giwayen Mata. Giwayen Mata which performs traditional dances, as well as modern works inspired by the dances of Mali, the Ivory Coast, South Africa, Guinea, and others will perform and lead workshops at schools and alternative education facilities in Immokalee and Naples, Florida.
Albany State University Foundation, Inc.
To support a concert performance and a master class by the Imani Winds Ensemble. Imani Winds, a chamber music ensemble, will perform in concert at the Albany Municipal Auditorium, as well as conduct a master class for students from Albany State University and area junior and senior high school students from Dougherty and Lee Counties.
American Jewish Committee
To support the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, a cinematic examination of Jewish life, culture, and history. The festival will showcase narrative and documentary films, and present guest speakers and panel discussions featuring actors, filmmakers, academics, and authors correlated to the selected film lineup.
Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
To support India: Land of Enchantment, a festival featuring the arts and culture of India. Festival activities will include a theatrical production, The Little Clay Cart, directed by Farley Richmond, performances of North and South Indian classical and folk dance, and poetry and literature readings for an audience drawn from Athens and surrounding communities.
Atlanta Chinese Dance Company
To support the presentation of an original Chinese dance production Celebrating the company's 21st anniversary, performances will include choreography combining both Chinese and Western dance vocabularies and will feature guest artists from the Atlanta Ballet and gloATL, a contemporary dance company based in Atlanta.
Friends of the Orchestra, Inc.
To support Bringing Them Home, a concert featuring pianist Margery McDuffie Whatley and guitarist Ben Altman, both Georgia natives. Performances will be held at the Hawkinsville Opera House and at Wesleyan College's Porter Hall in Macon, Georgia.
LaGrange Art Museum Inc (aka formerly: Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum)
To support Your Place, My Place, Our Place. Artists will assist local youth in making artwork based on their understanding of local and regional history.
North Georgia College & State University
To support Affrilachia in Words and Images: The African American Experience in Appalachia. Activities include a reading and creative writing workshop by poet Frank X Walker, as well as an art installation and lecture by Marie Cochran.
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
To support The Taiko Path - A Complete Art Form, a series of presentations led by staff of the Taiko Center of the Pacific including master artist Kenny Endo. Activities will target underserved institutions such as the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and Blind and Habilitat, a drug rehabilitation center and cultural facility.
University of Idaho
To support performances by the Ying Quartet, and related outreach activities. The artists will coach several youth orchestras, provide master classes for university students, and present a lecture-demonstration for youth of the Northwest Children's Home.
University of Idaho (on behalf of Prichard Art Gallery)
To support Uncommon River an exhibit featuring the work of artists such as Christo, Philip Govedare, and Jen Torres as well as a related outreach program. Painter and printmaker Christine Destrempes will work with local youth and adults to create a large-scale installation exploring the shrinking availability of clean water.
Hyde Park Alliance for Arts and Culture
To support Say Culture Coast, a cultural tourism campaign to promote the mid-South Side of Chicago as an arts destination. Rick Valicenti, founder and design director of Thirst, a communication design firm, will develop computer-based interactive communication tools, such as a portable recording kiosk, an online story archive, and social media sites that will engage the public and encourage them to share their experiences on Chicago's "Culture Coast."
Latin United Community Housing Association (aka LUCHA)
To support the Borinquen Bella Mural Project highlighting the restoration of two murals on affordable housing properties by their original artists. John Pitman Weber will update his mural Rompiendo Las Cadenas / Breaking the Chains and Hector Duarte will update his mural Honor Boricua to reflect current issues in Humboldt Park. Outreach efforts will include workshops with Weber and Boricua for local apprentice artists and the creation of a community mural.
Rockford Symphony Orchestras, Inc.
To support the Beethoven Live! Youth Concert featuring pianist Joel Ross. Middle school students from schools serving low-income families will travel to the Coronado Performing Arts Center for the performance.
Arts Illiana, Inc.
Terre Haute, IN
To support a cultural tourism project of West Central Indiana arts organizations through the development of a smartphone application, calendar of events, and brochures. The project, with more than 30 arts organizations participating, is a promotional project for arts and cultural activities in a six-county region.
La Porte Symphony Orchestra, Inc. (aka La Porte County Symphony Orchestra)
La Porte, IN
To support performances of Beethoven Lives Upstairs by Barbara Nichols featuring actors from Classical Kids Live. The actors and full orchestra will perform several matinees for local students highlighting Beethoven's music.
Oakland City University
Oakland City, IN
To support architectural drawings for a new, on-campus performing arts center. Architectural firm Jack Kinkel and Son will develop plans that meet the needs of the university, as well as local businesses and community organizations.
University of Southern Indiana (on behalf of New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art)
To support the creation of a sound chamber sculpture by artist Juan Angel Chavez, in collaboration with local high school and university students. A similar project resulted in a sound chamber that measured 25 feet in length, 20 feet in width, and 10 feet in height. After the sound chamber is created using found objects, musicians and performers will be invited to perform within the space.
India Cultural Association of Central Iowa
To support Imagine, a dance concert performed by the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble with a pre-performance workshop. The artists will lead a public workshop on Odissi dance, combining lecture-demonstration and class participation.
Iowa Trails Council, Inc.
Center Point, IA
To support the creation of public art on the Fairfield Loop Trail. Artist Judy Bales will design and fabricate artistic enhancements for a seating element and pedestrian maze.
Chamber Music At The Barn, Inc.
To support the New Zealand String Quartet (NZSQ) in residence in Central Kansas. In addition to performances, the NZSQ will provide youth concerts and master classes focused on classical and contemporary string chamber music shared with children from inner-city and rural communities.
Friends of the Mulvane Art Museum
To support Metamorphosis, a pair of concurrent exhibits. Industrial Nature will feature the moth and lichen found-object sculptures of Michelle Stitzlein, and Many-Fold Manifolds will feature the origami sculptures of Robert J. Lang.
City of Munfordville, Kentucky
To support Experience Munfordville, a cell phone tour and Web site promoting the area's historic architecture and traditional arts. Content for the cultural tourism project will be developed by consultants Joanna Hay and Judy Sizemore with City of Munfordville/Tourism staff, the Hart County Historical Society, the Kentucky Folklife Program, the Kentucky Oral History Commission, and local folk artists and tradition bearers.
Liberty Hall, Inc.
To support the creation of the Frankfort Tour of Public Art and Architecture, a cultural tourism project promoting county landmarks through a cell phone tour and Web site. Kentucky State University students will conduct oral history interviews, based on training from the Kentucky Oral History Commission and the Kentucky Folklife Program, that will be included in the narration.
New Orleans Film and Video Festival, Inc. (aka New Orleans Film Society)
New Orleans, LA
To support screenings of Malcom X by Spike Lee and Rebirth of a Nation by DJ Spooky. The filmmakers will also participate in question-and-answer sessions following each film. Venues will include Ashe Cultural Arts Center, the Porch, and the Carver Theater.
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
To support the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival. The theme will be "celebrating Louisiana's folk music" and will include performances by Henry Gay and the Cats, as well as Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band.
Bowdoin International Music Festival
To support the Bowdoin Festival Extra and Artists of Tomorrow Community Concerts and related outreach activities. An extension of the Bowdoin Festival, the proposed outreach programming includes lectures, demonstrations, and public master classes at Brunswick's Bowdoin College and off-site locations in nearby towns. It will bring together established musicians with international reputations and emerging artists to perform for diverse audiences throughout Maine's midcoast.
To support a building assessment and design plans for the adaptive reuse of the Clarence Anderson Elementary School. Activities to prepare the space for use as an arts facility will include a full energy audit, lead paint analysis, and a plan to meet ADA regulations.
Artpreneurs, Inc. (aka Arts on the Block)
Silver Spring, MD
To support Common Ground, an urban design project. Under the direction of urban designer/public art planner Todd Bressi, Arts on the Block will collaborate with the University of Maryland Landscape Architecture program and the YMCA's Youth and Family Services in a community design process to transform an under-utilized parking lot into a neighborhood plaza for cultural, artistic, and recreational purposes.
Common Ground Music Harvest Ltd (aka Common Ground on the Hill)
To support a residency featuring artists Kathy "Wan Povi" Sanchez and Gilbert Sanchez. The potters will exhibit their work and conduct lecture-demonstrations and classes for Carroll County, Maryland and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania residents.
3rd EyE Youth Empowerment, Inc. (aka 3rd EyE Unlimited)
New Bedford, MA
To support the 3rd EyE Open Festival. The 13th annual festival will include the creation of a mural led by painter Percy Fortini-Wright and a performance featuring musical artist Tem Blessed and dance team Phunk Phenomenon, for the benefit of an audience drawn from throughout southeastern Massachusetts.
Center for Human Development
To support the production of Hablando Con Dolores, a one-act play by playwright Dee O'Connor. The work, Talking with Dolores, examines the issue of elder depression and will be produced in Spanish for presentation to elder Latino audiences in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Indian Hill Arts Inc. (aka Indian Hill Music Center)
To support the Guitar Festival featuring Eliot Fisk and related outreach performances. In addition to the festival, Fisk and fellow guitarist Roberto Rios will perform at the Perkins School for the Blind and the Franklin Perkins School, an organization for youth with a range of psychiatric, social, and emotional issues.
Silver Screen Film Society
Vineyard Haven, MA
To support the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival. Activities will include an animated shorts program hosted by animator Bill Plympton and a forum with island filmmakers.
To support Viva Nuestra Musica!, a celebration of Latino Heritage Month. The organization will collaborate with the Berklee College of Music to present artists including the Boston Latin Band, Fiesta del Norte, Mango Blue, and Obbini Tumbao.
Theatre Espresso, Inc.
Jamaica Plain, MA
To support presentations of American Tapestry: Immigrant Children of the Bread and Roses Strike by Wendy Lement, Derek Nelson, and Megan Cooper. In commemoration of the centennial of the strike, every Lawrence Public Schools eighth grader will have the opportunity to attend the play at the Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center.
Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra
To support a performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana featuring soprano Diane Penning, baritone Stephen Hartley, and tenor Sean Copenhaver. In addition to the soloists and orchestra, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Chorus, the Northern Michigan Chorale, and the Northern Michigan Youth Choir will also perform. Maestro Sidney Hazelwood and musicologist Dr. Robert Pattengale will lead a series of lecture-demonstrations about the masterpiece.
Old Town Business & Art Development Association
To support the Lansing JazzFest, which includes concerts, jam sessions, and educational workshops. Main stage performers, which have previously included Johnny O'Neal and Stanley Jordan, will perform at least one world-premiere piece.
St. Clair County Community College
Port Huron, MI
To support the Patterns Visiting Artists Forum featuring author Jaimy Gordon and poet John Rybicki. In addition to public workshops and readings, the artists will provide written analyses of student work.
Chamber Music Society of St. Cloud, Inc.
St. Cloud, MN
To support a residency by the Escher String Quartet and a concert featuring the quartet with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke. Prior to the concert, the quartet will participate in various outreach activitiesat local schools, the Boys & Girls Club, and a senior center located in this central Minnesota community.
Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Association
To support a series of community concerts featuring baritone Peter Halverson. In partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Department, the organization will bring seniors to Nicollet Island Pavilion for as many as four concerts. An additional concert will be performed for the community in Elliot Park.
Minnesota State University Moorhead
To support a public performance featuring James Sewell Ballet with live accompaniment by the Arsenal Trio, as well as workshops for local dance students and other outreach activities. James Sewell Ballet will provide a movement program for older adults and a school-day performance for elementary school students.
To support the architectural design of a new building entry for the organization's facility, the former National Purity Soap Company building. The design will be developed through community charrettes and will be submitted for public hearings to the City of Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office.
Mississippi Festival Foundation, Inc.
To support student and public performances by the Ailey II Dance Company, as well as related outreach. Prior to the performances, a former Ailey dancer will lead workshops for area Title I schools.
North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic, Inc.
Potts Camp, MS
To support the North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic, a blues festival featuring artists such as Kenny Brown, Jimbo Mathus, Little Jo Ayers, and the Reverend John Wilkins. On the morning of the festival, the professional artists will conduct a blues clinic for local musicians.
International Institute of Metropolitan St Louis
St. Louis, MO
To support performances by Cobu, a group that combines elements of Japanese traditional taiko drumming with rhythmic tap dancing. The group will perform as part of the Festival of Nations.
To support a residency by the Cavani String Quartet. In addition to a public concert followed by a question-and-answer session, the artists will present lecture-demonstrations for Joplin public school students.
St. Louis Classical Guitar Society (aka Guitarstlouis)
St. Louis, MO
To support student matinee performances and outreach activities featuring the Beijing Guitar Duo and the Brasil Guitar Duo. Fifth-through-eighth graders will be bused to the Ethical Society to hear a performance by Meng Su and YamengWang of the Beijing Guitar Duo. Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora, of the Brasil Guitar Duo, will travel to local schools and present demonstrations for students, as well as master classes specifically for guitar students.
Washington University (on behalf of Edison Theatre)
St. Louis, MO
To support a performance by Ballet Hispanico and related outreach activities. A special outreach effort called Creando Algo Nuevo that includes workshops for adults with local folkloric dancer Carmen S. Dence leading to a master class led by Eduardo Vilaro, the artistic director of Ballet Hispanico.
Alberta Bair Theater
To support Celtic Fusion: Music for the Heart, Mind, and Soul, a two-concert series of Irish and Scottish music. Featuring Solas, a Celtic band, and Ensemble Galilei, a chamber quintet, the concerts will include both traditional and new Scottish and Irish music, as well as provide a new way to appreciate Celtic music through a multimedia presentation.
Billings Symphony Society (aka Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale)
To support Classical Music/World Class Artists, a concert series featuring guest artists with musical roots in Ireland, Serbia, and Mexico. Proposed guest artists include Canadian fiddler Sierra Noble, Serbian-born marimba player Nebojsa Zivkovic, and Mexican American pianist Gustavo Romero.
Great Falls Symphony Association, Inc.
Great Falls, MT
To support a concert featuring harpist Debra Henson-Contant and related outreach. Additional activities with the artist will include an open rehearsal for local music students, workshops at area high schools, and a preview broadcast on Great Falls Public Radio.
Capital City Arts Initiative
Carson City, NV
To support Elapsed in Time, an exhibition of prints by artists Claudia Bernardi and Jenny Robinson. The exhibition, curated by Galen Brown and scheduled to be presented at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery in the Carson City Courthouse, will include an exhibition essay and artists talks to engage the audience.
Nevada Museum of Art, Inc.
To support the exhibit The Way We Live: American Indian Art of the Great Basin. Native American artists will be selected by the museum's curatorial staff through an open call and will be provided travel stipends to attend the exhibition opening.
Nevada Rock Art Foundation
To support the production of brochures and a Web site promoting the locations of pictographs, petroglyphs, and geoglyphs in Nevada. Partners in the cultural tourism project will include the State Historic Preservation Office and the Bureau of Land Management Nevada State Office, as well as the state offices of the U.S. National Park and Forest Services.
Jazz House Kids, Inc.
West Orange, NJ
To support Inside the Jazz Note featuring violinist Regina Carter. Middle and high school band students and teachers will have the opportunity to explore improvisation, ensemble playing, practice techniques, and goal setting with Carter and creative director Christian McBride.
William Paterson College of New Jersey
To support performances by the Kronos Quartet, as well as related outreach. Activities with the artists will include workshops for Patterson Public Schools students and a master class for university students.
Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, New Mexico
To support Arte Encantado, a series of performances and demonstrations by local artists. Guest artists will perform and conduct lecture-demonstrations for youth at Cleveland Middle School, a Title I school. The artists will provide programming that emphasizes the interplay of art, music, history, science, and ecology as it relates to Albuquerque.
Mimbres Region Arts Council, Inc.
Silver City, NM
To support the Youth Mural Program, pairing youth with professional artists to create murals that express the culture and history of the Grant County region. Selected artists will work with students to interview area residents and incorporate local history and aesthetics into the mural design.
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (aka New Mexico Tech)
To support a performance of Feet Don't Fail Me Now by Rhythmic Circus, a percussive tap dance and music ensemble, and related outreach. Activities will include lecture-demonstrations and workshops for students in the Socorro, Magdalena, and Alamo-Navajo communities.
New Mexico Literary Arts
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, for individuals with Alzheimer's disease. A culminating event, held at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, will include readings of poems created by the patients.
Alwan Foundation (aka Alwan for the Arts)
New York, NY
To support Connections: Disruption/Improvisation, a residency that will bring together artists of Middle Eastern descent to create a multidisciplinary work. Curated by Amir ElSaffar, selected artists will combine art forms including music, dance, theater, visual arts, and literature during a week-long residency to create a work for public performance that will also be documented on video.
American Dance Asylum, Inc. (aka The New York State DanceForce)
To support performances and related outreach activities by the Garth Fagan Dance and Ellen Sinopoli Dance Companies. The Garth Fagan Dance Company will perform and participate in outreach activities in Oswego, New York, while the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company will perform a site-specific work in Plattsburgh, New York.
Children's Museum of the Arts
New York, NY
To support the Chinese and Caribbean Family Art & Culture Festivals. Featured guests will include the theater group Chinese Theatre Works and master Haitian drummer Gaston Jean-Baptise, known as Bonga. These two festivals will celebrate the artistic and cultural traditions of two of the many ethnic groups served by the museum.
Colleges of the Seneca Hobart and William Smith Colleges
To support the Disability and the Arts Festival, promoting inclusive opportunities in the arts for individuals with and without disabilities. Among the proposed artists who will participate in the month-long festival of performances, film-screenings, workshops, speakers, and exhibits are Larry Bissonnette, Douglas Biklen, Peter S. Cook, Tracy Thresher, and Gerardine Wurzburg.
Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, Inc. (aka The JCC in Manhattan)
New York, NY
To support ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival. Following each screening, a panel of directors, actors, medical experts, or accessibility advocates will lead a conversation about the themes discussed in the film.
Laundromat Project, Inc.
New York, NY
To support site-specific installations created in New York City and Philadelphia laundromats. Selected artists will be encouraged to involve the local community in the art-making process. Spoken word artist Aisha Bell will be the lead artist at the New York City site.
Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Inc.
Staten Island, NY
To support the Chamber Music for Staten Island Audiences Initiative, a series of outreach concerts featuring composer and bassist Andrew Rosciszewski, percussionist Mick Rossi, guitarist Oren Fader, and saxophonist Andrew Sterman. Concerts will be held at On Your Mark, an organization offering services to children and adults with a wide range of abilities as well as to students of PS44, a Title I school.
NY Writers Coalition Inc.
To support the Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival, a series of creative writing workshops for youth culminating in a public reading. Writers who have previously presented at the final event include Jhumpa Lahiri, Sonia Sanchez, Sapphire, and Colson Whitehead.
Puppetry Arts Theatre, Inc.
To support a production of Anthropomorphic, a new musical by Tim Young and Thiago Tiberio, featuring the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble conducted by Timothy Hutto. Area high schools students will be invited to attend open rehearsals.
Research Foundation of State University of New York (on behalf of State University of New York at Oswego)
To support Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet, a series of residency programs by musicians and media artists from Pakistan presented by ARTSwego. Filmmaker Ayesha Khan will present and discuss her feature film Made in Pakistan with the public. Sanam Marvi, Arif Lohar, and their ensembles will perform a series of concerts in rural Oswego County.
New York, NY
To support the Sprout Film Festival, a showcase of films related to the field of developmental disabilities. Each screening will be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Uris Education Center and will be followed by a question-and-answer session featuring the filmmakers, actors, or subjects of the film.
Dreams of Wilmington, Inc. (aka DREAMS Center for Arts Education)
To support North Side Arts Festivals, a series of multidisciplinary arts events for the North Side of Wilmington. Proposed guest artists include Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble, theatrical performer Mike Wiley, slam poet and musician Dasan Ahanu, and performance poet Glenis Redmond.
Tryon Palace Commission
New Bern, NC
To support Mapping: The New World in 1590 and Our World Today, an exhibit of mezzotints and prints created by Julie Niskanen based on the works by 16th-century engraver Theodor de Bry. Niskanen will develop her work on-site and will lead a series of public workshops.
Bismarck Mandan Orchestral Association
To support A Place in Heaven: The BMSO and Soprano Korliss Uecker. Project activities will include a series of performances and a master class in Bismarck and Hettinger, Noth Dakota, featuring North Dakota native Korliss Uecker.
Fargo Moorhead Opera Company
To support a production of Beethoven's Fidelio and related outreach featuring soprano Cynthia Lawrence, baritone Guido LeBron, and bass Kurt Link. Activities will include pre-performance lectures, discussions hosted by the organization's general director for broadcast on Prairie Public Radio, and preview concerts in outlying communities such as Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and Grand Forms, North Dakota.
Community Arts Project, Inc.
To support Jazz on the Avenue, a concert series showcasing traditional jazz and other musical forms influenced by jazz. The 2012 Jazz on the Avenue will feature singer Patti Austin and musicians Aaron Diehl, Wilbert Longmire, and Paul Taylor.
Lima Symphony Orchestra
To support performances of Beethoven Lives Upstairs by Barbara Nichols, featuring guest actors from Classical Kids Live. The actors and full orchestra will perform for local youth and their parents.
Opera Circle, Inc.
To support a production of Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi. The opera will be presented in the Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland and proposed partners include the Bohemian National Hall, the Polish-American Cultural Center, and the Cleveland Women's Orchestra.
University of Akron Main Campus
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.
Lawton Philharmonic Society, Inc.
To support the concert Music Makes Us One! Composer James Stephenson and ethnomusicologist Ed Wapp will collaborate on an original symphonic work incorporating and paying tribute to Native American music. Partners will include executive staff from the Kiowa Tribe, Chickasaw Nation, and the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center.
Oklahoma State University
To support a performance of Montana Repertory Theatre's production of Doubt by John Patrick Shanley and related activities. Additional activities will include a pre-performance, faculty-led lecture and a post-performance discussion with the cast.
City of Beaverton, Oregon (on behalf of Beaverton Arts Commission)
To support Beaverton Ten Tiny Dances, a series of site-specific performances held in Beaverton civic spaces. New work from contemporary and traditional dancers and choreographers highlighting selected public art works will be commissioned and presented in Beaverton's downtown district.
Hood River, OR
To support World Performances in the Gorge, a series of dance and music presentations. Proposed artists include Craicmore, a contemporary Celtic music band; Nanda, a dance comedy group; Ache-Brasil, specializing in the performance of popular and traditional Afro-Brazilian music and dance; and Al-Andalus Ensemble, a group that fuses classical, jazz, and contemporary music with traditions from the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
Imago, The Theatre Mask Ensemble (aka Imago Theatre)
To support productions of The Damask Drum and Busu, plays by Yukio Mishima Director Jerry Mouawad will collaborate with Dr. Larry Kominz, director of the Center of Japanese Studies at Portland State University, to reinvent traditional Japanese theater styles with Western sensibilities.
African American Museum in Philadelphia
To support landscape architectural design services for the museum's outdoor program space. With the recent completion of a $4.2 million renovation of its interior and main facade, the redesign of the museum's rear courtyard will further improve the building's appearance, as well as provide additional programming space.
Artreach, Inc. (aka Art-Reach)
To support the Community Senses Marketing Initiative that will focus on marketing accessible arts events to persons who are blind or visually impaired. Working in partnership with arts organizations and service providers such as the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and VSA Pennsylvania, the cultural tourism project will assist with marketing accessible events to the identified population.
Endless Mountain Music Festival
To support the Endless Mountain Music Festival, a series of concerts and related activities in venues throughout Northern Pennsylvania and Southern New York. Proposed artists pianist Santiago Rodriguez and violinist Robert Bokor will perform throughout the region and participate in outreach activities including pre- and post-concert discussions, master classes, and educational programs.
Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, Inc.
To support performances by the Imani Winds Ensemble. In addition to a public performance, the artists will perform a concert at Mr. Small's Theatre in Pittsburgh targeted to Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School students and accompanying adults.
Young Men & Women's Hebrew Association & Irene Kaufmann Centers (aka Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh)
To support It's A Bird, It's A Plane, No, It's A Joke!: Superman Creators' Funnyman, an exhibit of work by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Outreach efforts will include workshops for high school students led by artists Maritza Mosquera and Luqman Abdus-Salaam. Youth will develop comic books from images and storylines in their lives, print the books, and distribute them throughout the city.
VSA arts of Rhode Island
To support Something Revealed: The Stories of our Lives, a media project led by Lara Sebastian. The artist will travel to sites that serve youth and adults with disabilities where she will present digital stories about her life and then assist participants in creating digital stories about themselves.
College of Charleston
To support the exhibition Return to the Sea: Saltworks and a residency by artist Motoi Yamamoto. During the residency, Yamamoto will create a large-scale installation at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and participate in a variety of workshops, demonstrations, and artist talks on campus, at local public schools, and other community settings such as the Boys & Girls Club.
Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Inc.
Hilton Head, SC
To support performances by the chamber music ensemble Claire Byrant and Friends and related outreach In addition to performing in public schools and assisted-living communities, the artists will assist Boys & Girls Club members in the development of monologues with musical accompaniment.
South Dakota State University
To support the SoDak Animation Festival. The festival will include film screenings, as well as an animator who will teach fifth graders animation fundamentals. Proposed artists include Teddy Newton, Eric Goldberg, Joanna Quinn, and Bill Plympton.
Arts Center of Cannon County
To support a marketing campaign using social media. Through the contracted services of Lotos Nile Marketing, project activity will include the production and dissemination of Web content highlighting traditional music programming drawn from Spring Fed Records, the music production wing of the Arts Center of Cannon County.
To support the creation and installation of Migration, a mosaic mural, under the creative leadership of artist Jairo Prado. The mural will be designed through a collaborative process with local residents and immigrant families from the Nashville area, participating through an ongoing partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Creative Aging Memphis (aka Creative Aging Mid-South)
To support a series of musical performances and arts workshops for older adults in nursing and assisted living facilities. Local professional artists will be hired to perform and conduct workshops for older adults, many of whom are low-income and in frail health.
Germantown Performing Arts Centre
To support performances by Diavolo Dance Theatre and related outreach activities. In addition to a public performance, the artists will provide a lecture-demonstration for Title I middle and high school students and a master class for local businesses.
Roxy Productions, Inc. (aka Roxy Regional Theatre)
To support the production of The Red Badge of Courage, an adaptation of the Stephen Crane novel by John McDonald. Special performances will be targeted to military and student audiences.
Tennessee Women's Theater Project
To support the creation and tour of a new play by Regina Taylor examining the experience of breast cancer from the African American perspective. Partners will include the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition and the Susan G. Komen Foundation Greater Nashville affiliate.
Abilene Arts Alliance
To support Artfully Abilene, a cultural tourism initiative for the City of Abilene. Designed to make residents and visitors aware of the range of cultural activities available in the area, the marketing plan includes an e-marketing campaign, a quarterly magazine, a newsletter, and a cultural affairs Web site highlighting events in the West Texas area.
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
To support the exhibit Robert Pruitt: The Rejection of the Conqueror and related activity. Programming will include a five-day residency with Pruitt whose work explores the complexity of African American identity. The residency will be promoted to the public, but will be dedicated primarily to working with children in the Beaumont schools.
Binational Independent Film Festival
El Paso, TX
To support the Binational Independent Film Festival, including workshops and pre-event talks by independent film directors. A juried competition of independent films involving organizations in El Paso and Juarez, Mexico, the 12th annual festival will include proposed guest artists writer and film director Leon Ichaso and actor/singer Ruben Blades.
Centro del Obrero Fronterizo, Inc. (aka La Mujer Obrera)
El Paso, TX
To support Celebrando Primero de Mayo with Veracruz Fandango. The project will feature the Los Utrera, a son jarocho ensemble from Veracruz, Mexico. Son jarocho is a improvisatory, string-driven music of Veracruz. The ensemble's music represents the development of an authentic Veracruz-style fandango, a cultural celebration often practiced in Eastern Mexico.
Great Promise, Inc.
To support the American Indian Heritage Festival and Austin Powwow at the Toney Burger Center, featuring artists including Kiowa regalia maker and NEA National Heritage Fellow Vanessa Jennings, as well as dancer and storyteller Tim Tingle, and related activities. Additional activities will include classroom visits by the artists and a smaller scale program for older residents at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Mid Texas Symphony Society, Inc.
To support Rachmaninoff Rocks, a concert featuring pianist Mariangela Vacatello and related activities. Additional activities will include a lobby exhibit of work by local artists, a master class for area university students, a pre-concert lecture, and radio broadcast of the concert.
Musical Bridges Around the World, Inc.
San Antonio, TX
To support Kids to Concerts, a series of in-school presentations. Kalinka, a Russian folk duo, and Carribean Express, an ensemble of salsa dancers and musicians, will perform for elementary and middle school students.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
To support performances of A Home Para Todos / Un Hogar For All, a new work by composer Dan Welcher and writer Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez. The composition will be performed at local elementary schools by a chamber ensemble and narrator.
Waco Symphony Association, Inc.
To support a concert featuring pianist Andre Watts and related outreach activity. Prior to the public performance, local piano students and members of the organization's youth orchestra will attend a rehearsal and participate in a question-and-answer session with Watts.
Orchestra of Southern Utah
Cedar City, UT
To support Capturing the Caribbean, a mainstage performance, youth concert, and series of assemblies in area elementary schools. Proposed artists include percussionists Barry Olsavsky and Ron Brough.
University of Utah (on behalf of Kingsbury Hall)
Salt Lake City, UT
To support a student matinee performance by the Joe Goode Performance Group. Schools that serve children with special needs, Title I schools, and schools located in rural areas will be invited to attend. Educators will be provided study guides and students will participate in a post-performance, question-and-answer session with the artists.
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
To support Hot Pot: A Taste of Contemporary Chinese Art, an exhibition featuring works in various media by selected Chinese artists. The exhibit will feature more than 100 works in all media by as many as 30 Chinese artists, filling four of the museum's six galleries and its sculpture gardens.
Green Mountain Cultural Center, Inc. (aka Green Mountain Opera Festival)
To support a residency by emerging and established vocalists, culminating in a production of Giacomo Puccini's La boheme. Project activities will also include master classes, an emerging artists concert, and open rehearsals.
Pistarckle Theatre, Inc.
To support a production of Red by John Logan. For island populations that are geographically challenged, the organization will provide transportation to and from each performance.
Eastern Shore of Virginia Barrier Islands Center (aka Barrier Islands Center)
To support the Patchwork of Virginia Music Festival. A one-day event including lecture-demonstrations and performances, the festival will feature traditional roots music of Virginia and also explore the history and style of Mariachi music from the western part of Mexico as a means of engaging an increasing Latino population in the area.
Latin Ballet of Virginia, Inc.
To support the production of Volver, a new dance theater work created by choreographer Catherine Marie Davalos that relflects Chicano culture. The production will tour to inner-city and rural areas in Virginia and North Carolina.
To support the Performing Arts Live Series and outreach activity featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Ailey II. In addition to performing, each artist will lead a workshop for middle school students and community members.
Tamworth Music Festival (aka Staunton Music Festival)
To support the Noon-Time Concert & Outreach Series, free performances featuring artists including violist Amadi Azikiwe, violinist Diane Pascal, and violinist Antti Tikkanen. Concert locations will include the Booker T. Washington Center, the Virginia Correctional Center for Women, the Monterey Community Center, and the Augusta Medical Center.
Columbia Basin College
To support the Mid-Columbia Literary Festival (Litfest). The annual author reading series sponsored by Columbia Basin College and its literary partners features guest authors selected by the LitFest steering committee. Authors previously presented have included Sherman Alexie, Sandra Cisneros, Alex Sanchez, Gary Soto, and Richard Yancey.
Kirkland Center Of The Performing Arts (aka Kirkland Performance Center)
To support the premiere of ASTITVA: Heroines and Revolutions of India, a new dance work by Dr. Ratna Roy featuring vocalist Srivani Jade, and related outreach activities. Additional activities include a pre-performance lecture by University of Washington faculty and in-school residencies by the artists.
Northwest Symphony Orchestra
To support 25 X 125, a series of activities commemorating the organization's milestone of performing 125 works by Northwest composers over the past 25 years. Project activities involving guest artist composer and guitarist Michael Nicolella will include a commission of a new concerto, a concert featuring the new work, and presentations for students of the Highline School District.
Theatre Puget Sound
To support the marketing of Arts Crush, a collaborative arts festival in the Puget Sound region. The project will promote programming at more than 200 arts organizations and other featured events. It will also announce discounted tickets and free admission.
Carnegie Hall, Inc.
To support the Rhythm, Blues and All That Jazz Festival. The 5th annual festival is scheduled to be a six-day event culminating in a weekend of performances by blues, jazz, and roots musicians including blues singer Eric Bibb, saxophonist/vocalist/composer Grace Kelly, and soul singer Bettye LaVette.
Express Yourself Milwaukee, Inc.
To support a performance featuring Express Yourself Milwaukee (EYM) participants. EYM programming exposes inner-city youth ages seven to 21 to the performing and visual arts and provides performance opportunities in collaboration with guest artists. Past artists have included Cammie Griffin of the dance and percussion collective STOMP and Amlak Tafari, bassist for the popular reggae band Steel Pulse.
Young Musicians, Inc.
To support the Music, Arts & Technology Camp. In addition to leading classes for youth and adults, professional camp staff will perform a concert for the community. Proposed artists include saxophonist Michael Giles, violinist Jeremy Starr, bassoonist Michele Hustedt, and tubist Joe Jensen.
TOTAL GRANTS AWARDED: 161
TOTAL DOLLARS AWARDED: $1,610,000
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