Composer Joby Talbot, whose opera <em>Everest</em>, to be premiered by Dallas Opera in 2015, received an NEA grant.

NEA and Dallas Arts District Give Local Grants

Here's info on the nearly 300K awarded local organizations from the National Endowment for the Arts, and 14K from the Dallas Arts District.

published Thursday, December 4, 2014

Photo: Jeffrey Sturg
The Nasher Sculpture Center was given an NEA Grant for the Melvin Edwards retrospective. This piece is Chaino (1964), Welded steel and chains, 62 x 102 x 26 in. (157.5 × 259.1 × 66 cm). Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London© 2015 Melvin Edwards / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


The National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grants were announced yesterday, and eight North Texas organizations made the list receiving a total of nearly $300,000, with grants ranging from $10,000 (Kitchen Dog Theater) to $100,000 (Big Thought). Congrats to them and the others who received funds: Children's Chorus of Great Dallas, Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony, Orchestra of New Spain (under the umbrella of Pegasus Musical Society), Nasher Sculpture Center and the University of North Texas. Country-wide, the NEA gave out $26.6 million.

To see the full list of recipients by state, go here. We have included the info about the eight local groups below.

In other grant news, the Dallas Arts District awarded $14,000 to seven groups that use its facilities: Bruce Wood Dance Project, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Institute: The Dallas Festival of Ideas, Dance Council of North Texas: Dallas DanceFest, Fine Arts Chamber Players, Undermain Theatre: Undermain Reads and Voices of Change. More on that is here.


Big Thought

$100,0000               Dallas, TX


To support Dallas City of Learning. A collective impact project of city agencies and community partners, the project's goal is to make imagination a part of everyday student learning. The next phase of Big Thought's collective impact work, the Dallas City of Learning project will increase access to quality out of school time arts programs. Through a network of educational experiences provided by city agencies, community partners, museums, and other arts education providers, students will be guided through an arts learning pathway of sequential, skill-building experiences. Student accomplishments will be recognized through digital badges, digital resumes documenting their advancements and interests to use when applying for college, scholarships, and employment. The impact of the program will be measured through a longitudinal study.


Childrens Chorus of Greater Dallas

$20,000 Dallas, TX


To support the Downtown Chorus Training and Performance Program. Underserved youth will participate in a weekly, sequential curriculum in the choral arts taught by experienced conductor-educators and accompanists. Students will receive training in bel canto technique and study classical choral repertoire, works by living composers, and folk-based music from around the world. Students will perform at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, at a free SingOut! community concert series, and other local venues. Advanced students will serve as the official children's chorus of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The program draws participants from many communities throughout Dallas.


Dallas Opera

$50,000 Dallas, TX


To support the premiere of "Everest" by composer Joby Talbot and librettist Gene Scheer. The one-act opera is an

imaginative retelling of the true events that occurred on Mount Everest in 1996, when a failed mountaineering expedition claimed the lives of eight climbers in a single storm, including a skilled guide and two career expedition leaders. The creative team may comprise director Leonard Foglia and projection designer Elaine McCarthy. The artistic team may include conductor Nicole Paiement, tenor Andrew Bidlack (Rob Hall), and bass Kevin Burdette (Beck Weathers).


Dallas Symphony Association, Inc.

$20,000 Dallas, TX


To support a residency and commission by composer and pianist Conrad Tao. Project plans include Tao performing with the orchestra and for the premiere of his own work, as well as the curation of the new ReMix series of genre- bending experimental orchestral performances. Tao also plans to create a series of contemporary chamber performances in collaboration with orchestra musicians. Educational activities will include master classes and workshops with local students.


Kitchen Dog Theater Company

$10,000 Dallas, TX

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater

To support the development and production of new plays in the New Works Festival 2015. The annual festival will comprise a mainstage production, staged readings, and the Playwrights Under Progress (PUP) Fest, which consists of staged readings of short plays written by local high school students. Each year, more than 400 scripts are submitted from around the world and as many as six scripts receive a week-long workshop and a staged reading with moderated audience discussion afterwards.


Nasher Sculpture Center

$60,000 Dallas, TX


To support the presentation of "Melvin Edwards: Five Decades." Edwards (b.1937), a pioneering figure in African- American art, has redefined the modernist tradition of welded sculpture. The exhibition will present 65 works - including his Lynch Fragments, which fuse chains, railroad spikes, and other tools together in powerfully compressed configurations emblematic of the constructive possibilities of resistance. The presentation of his large- scale sculptures, site-specific installations, and works on paper, will provide a full range of Edwards's accomplishments. The first major touring retrospective of Edwards's work in more than twenty years, the  exhibition will travel to several additional venues after its Dallas debut.


Pegasus Musical Society

$12,000  Dallas, TX


To support a new production of "Iphigenia en Tracia" by composer Jose de Nebra and librettist Nicolas Gonzalez Martinez. The Orchestra of New Spain's creative team may include set designer Nicolas Boni, costume designer Antonio Bartolo, stage director Gustavo Tambascio, and Joseph Jones who will create the English translation. The opera will be sung in Spanish with English supertitles. An integral part of the company's outreach is to the local Hispanic community. Performances will take place at the Dallas City Performance Hall in February 2016.


University of North Texas

$25,000 Denton, TX

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works

To support "INSTRUMENT: One Antarctic Night." An interdisciplinary team will create an interactive multidisciplinary artwork and art-science installation. The team will produce software that will allow the public to remix astrophysics data in real time as unique visual and sound compositions, as well as serve as a web repository to share participant remixes. A mobile web app also will be created to explore and interact with the remixes generated by installation participants. Using nearly 300,000 images of the universe captured by the robotic Antarctic telescope CSTAR, visitors will create personal digital remixes that generate unique visuals and sounds. Thanks For Reading

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