Elsewhere...: NEA Grants More Than $19 Million for First Round of Fiscal Year 2007

Posted by: Staffon 2006/12/13 12:30:00 3170 reads
In its first major grant announcement of fiscal year 2007, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that it will award $19.4 million to fund 848 grants. The Arts Endowment will distribute $19,486,750 in this round of FY 2007 funding to nonprofit national, regional, state, and local organizations across the country, funding Access to Artistic Excellence grants as well as Literature Fellowships for individuals...

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"These grants and fellowships underscore the NEA's role in bringing the highest quality art to the most people possible," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "From public art works to professional development opportunities to literary fellowships that foster developing talent, these grants represent a valuable investment in American art that will serve the American people."

Access to Artistic Excellence grants support the creation and presentation of work in the disciplines of dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, media arts, museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting, theater, and visual arts. This round of funding also supported grants to Local Arts Agencies for service-to-the-field projects that assist artists and arts organizations improve managerial and strategic resources. Projects include commissions, residencies, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals, and professional development programs. Through this category, the NEA will fund 798 projects out of 1,342 eligible applications, for a total federal investment of $18,486,750 million.

FY 2007 Grant Awards for Houston and Parts of Texas Include:

ArtLies (aka ARTLIES - The Texas Art Journal)
Houston, TX
$25,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Visual Arts
To support the reviews section of the journal ArtLies. A quarterly publication that covers the visual arts in Texas, ArtLies includes an average of 25 reviews per issue and is distributed in more than 30 Texas cities and towns.

Campana, Joseph
Houston, TX
$20,000
CATEGORY: Literature Fellowships FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Literature
To support a creative writing fellowship.

Da Camera Society of Texas (aka Da Camera of Houston)
Houston, TX
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support solo and chamber music concerts with related educational activities in Houston and New York City. Plans for the 20th anniversary season include performances of Beethoven's last three piano sonatas integrating poetry, video, and pre-recorded sound; chamber works of Pierre Boulez and Elliott Carter; and past commissioned works performed on tour.

Dallas Children's Theater, Inc.
Dallas, TX
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support the commissioning and development of a new play for young audiences with accompanying educational activities. Playwright Linda Daugherty will create a script based on renowned author Steven Kellogg's stories of his family's Great Dane titled Pinkerton.

DiverseWorks, Inc.
Houston, TX
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting
To support the commissioning and presentation of new works. The project will include visual arts exhibitions, performances, artist residencies, and educational activities.

Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature & Fine Arts
Houston, TX
$10,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Literature
To support the publication and promotion of issues of the biannual journal Gulf Coast. The journal will launch a direct-mail campaign to 8,000 readers of Texas Monthly.

Houston Ballet Foundation
Houston, TX
$20,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support presentations of Jerome Robbins' The Concert, Jirí Kylián's Svadebka, and Christopher Wheeldon's Carnival of the Animals. The ballets will be performed at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston and reach approximately 14,500 audience members.

Houston Grand Opera Association, Inc.
Houston, TX
$30,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Opera
To support the commissioning and premiere of Love, Success, and Other Disappointments by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Based on an original text by playwright Terrence McNally, the musical theater work will combine spoken text, solos, and ensembles with an onstage chamber orchestra, and will feature American mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade.

Houston Institute for Culture (Consortium)
Houston, TX
$35,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk and Traditional Arts
To support Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston. A collaboration with the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, the project will include a series of storytelling presentations featuring hurricane survivors and long-time Houston residents.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, TX
$40,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Museum
To support a touring exhibition of contemporary jewelry, with accompanying catalogue and education programs. The exhibition will be the first major show to comprehensively assess contemporary jewelry's impact as a global art form.

Project Row Houses
Houston, TX
$25,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Visual Arts
To support a residency program for artists to undertake projects in Houston's Third Ward. The project's three components are: installation opportunities for artists in shotgun-style row houses, a summer studio program for students, and the participation of artists in a public art program.

Rude Mechanicals-A Theatre Collective
Austin, TX
$12,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support the development, creation, and production of The Method Gun, a new play by Kirk Lynn. The project, directed by Shawn Sides, will be developed collaboratively using the ensemble's signature techniques for creating new work for the stage.

Southwestern Alternate Media Projects, Inc. (aka SWAMP)
Houston, TX
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Media Arts
To support the production and distribution of The Territory. As the longest running showcase of media art in the United States, the public television series has presented independent film and video works to more than 12 million viewers per year throughout Texas.

Stages, Inc. (aka Stages Repertory Theatre)
Houston, TX
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support the production of plays. An American Brat by Bapsi Sidhwa will be directed by Rob Bundy, and Shakunta by Kalidasa will be produced in collaboration with the Shunya Theater Company.

*Some details of the projects listed are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.

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