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North Texas NEA Grants Announced


by Jerome Weeks 23 May 2011

North Texas arts organizations received 10 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts — for a total of $275,000. The projects supported include tours to small towns in Texas, better online access, stilt dancing and a Genghis Khan exhibition.

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Last week, North Texas arts organizations received 10 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts — for a total of $275,000. All of the grants were in the Access to Artistic Excellence program which awarded some $24.9 million (“Grants in this round focus on two primary themes: access to the arts and preservation activities”). The North Texas grants varied in size from $15,000 to support the Dallas Opera’s School Performance program to $85,000 for the Dallas Museum of Art’s online access. They also include money to support a Afro-Caribbean stilt dancing progra, a rural Texas tour for the Fort Worth Symphony and an annual literary translators conference (UT-Dallas has an important program in literary translation).

A complete list of the recipients and their awards:

Amphibian Productions, Inc. (aka Amphibian Stage Productions)
Fort Worth, TX
$20,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support Jumbies, Fort Worth! In this multidisciplinary and multicultural collaboration with Brooklyn Jumbies (stilt dancers in the Afro-Caribbean tradition) and Mexican artist Laura Anderson Barbata, artists will visit area schools in underserved communities to perform, teach workshops, and share the cultural history of their work.

City of Irving, Texas (on behalf of Irving Arts Center)
Irving, TX
$20,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Local Arts Agencies
To support KEYS (Khan Education for Youth & Schools), an educational program for Genghis Khan: The Exhibition. The interactive exhibition of more than 200 artifacts presents the historical figure through the perspective of arts and culture, history, and geography.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas, TX
$20,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the restaging and presentation of Pigs and Fishes, choreographed by Elisa Monte. The work will be performed as part of the company’s 35th anniversary opening performance at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas.

Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, TX
$85,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Museum
To support Archival Exhibition Resources Online. The project is designed as a public portal for long-term access to digital content created for and during an exhibition. The project team will create a template through which content can be published by staff for public interaction with video and audio recordings, images, and other exhibition-related documents.

Dallas Opera (Consortium)
Dallas, TX
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Opera
To support the School Performances Program. A partnership with the arts learning organization Big Thought, the project will feature Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), with accompanying outreach and educational components including the development of teachers’ guides, CDs, DVDs, lesson plans, and educational games for youth.

Documentary Arts, Inc.
Dallas, TX
$30,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk and Traditional Arts
To support a revision of Masters of Traditional Arts Education Guide, an education guide that focuses on curriculum-based themes related to the folk and traditional arts represented by the recipients of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship. The guide will be enhanced by integrating audio and video recordings, biographical information, and photographs of the artists along with lesson plans and activities into an interactive website.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX
$35,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support a touring program. Concerts and educational programs will take place in rural communities in Texas such as Glen Rose, Waxahachie, Killeen, Mesquite, Stephenville, Graham, and Southlake.

University of Texas at Dallas (on behalf of American Literary Translators Association)
Richardson, TX
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Literature
To support the annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri, of the American Literary Translators Association. The conference features bilingual readings and panel discussions on such topics as professional development for translators, getting published, conveying the author’s voice, the future of language, and teaching translation.

Van Cliburn Foundation, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support a website project with a free online library of digitally archived performances and materials. In celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2012, the organization will upgrade its website (www.Cliburn.org) and add content for public access, including materials from previous Cliburn piano competitions and amateur competitions, as well as documentation and historical material about Cliburn.

Writer’s Garret
Dallas, TX
$20,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Literature
To support the Writers’ Community and Mentorship Project (CAMP), featuring workshops, seminars, and classes for emerging writers. Attendees may participate in a work exchange program in which they help with outreach, teaching, marketing, and other tasks in exchange for free attendance at readings, events, panels, and manuscript clinics.

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