Local Arts Get $270,000 from NEA

The latest round of Art Works grants from the National Endowment for the Arts gave money to 10 North Texas arts organizations.

published Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Shakespeare Dallas received an NEA Art Works grant to support a production of Octavio Solis' Quixote

The most recent round of National Endowment for the Arts' Art Works grants were announced in December, and considering today's talk about the NEA possibly being cut entirely in the incoming administration, we felt it relevant to post the awards.

Who knows, its might be the last round of NEA grants ever.

If only that was a joke.

Below is a list of the North Texas arts organizations and institutions, and individuals (yes, a creating writing grant for a Denton resident) is below. A total of $270,000 was given to 10 North Texas organizations. The biggest single award was $100,000 to Big Thought.

We'll continue to report of the state of the arts in the Trump/Pence era on TheaterJones.


Big Thought



Art Works - Arts Education To support Dallas City of Learning, a collective impact project. In partnership with the City of Dallas, Dallas Independent School District, and Southern Methodist University Center on Research and Evaluation, Big Thought will provide both in-person and Internet-based creative educational experiences for students across Dallas during summer months, with a special outreach to those who live in underserved neighborhoods. In 2014, Dallas was one of the initial City of Learning projects supported by the MacArthur Foundation to experiment in visionary systems of peers and mentors that provide innovative opportunities for youth to follow their interests including video making, fashion design, poetry, robotics, and computer coding. Each participating city awards digital badges, a shareable digital credential, to students who acquire new skills.


Chamberlain Ballet



Challenge AmericaTo support a Community Connections performance of "The Nutcracker." Community Connections performancesare promoted through partnerships with a wide variety of social services agencies and are intended to serecommunity members with disabilities or low income. Guest artists Tiler Peck and Tyler Angle, principal dancerswith the New York City Ballet, will perform the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier.


Dallas Black Dance Theatre



Challenge America To support Spring Celebration, a contemporary ballet performance, with associated activities. Guest artist and Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills will choreograph a new work. The piece will be performed by Dallas Black Dance Theatre, with guest artist dancers from Ballet Austin. Audiences will include the city's AfricanAmerican community. Additional project activities will include events such as a question-and-answer session with the artists and a post-performance onstage dance party.


The Dallas Opera


Art Works - Opera To support a new production of "Der Ring Des Polykrates" by composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Based on the comedic play by Heinrich Teweles, the libretto was written by Leo Feld and then revised by the composer's father, Julius Korngold. The 1916 German premiere was successful, and the work was performed many times in Europe until Hitler's army rose to power in the 1930s. This production will mark only the third performance in the United States since the premiere a century ago. Conductor Nicole Paiement leads a cast that may include soprano Susannah Biller. As many as four performances will take place at the Winspear Opera House in early 2018.


Dallas Symphony Association, Inc.


Art Works - Music To support ReMix, a new-format concert series. Designed to engage new audiences and break barriers to cultural experiences, concerts of shorter duration without intermission will take place in the Dallas City Performance Hall. The series, offered at reduced ticket prices, will feature experimental programing with players and conductors interacting with the audience. Repertoire may include Alfred Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No. 2 for violin, cello, and orchestra, which also features electric guitar, drum kit, and brake drum.


Kitchen Dog Theater Company, Dallas


Art Works - Theater & Musical Theater To support the development and production of new plays in the New Works Festival 2017. 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 1,000 Some details of the projects listed are subject to change, contingent upon prior Arts Endowment approval. Information is current as of December 7, 2016. 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.


Morton, Matt


Denton, TX

Creative Writing Fellowship


Nasher Sculpture Center


Art Works - Museum To support the traveling exhibition, "The Nature of Arp: Sculptures, Reliefs, Works on Paper." The exhibition will be the first major U.S. exhibition in three decades to examine the work of German-French sculptor, painter, poet, and abstract artist, Jean (Hans) Arp (1886-1966). Featuring approximately 85 objects spanning Arp's career from U.S. and European museums, private collections and the three Arp foundations, the exhibition will include works in plaster and bronze as reliefs, collages, drawings, and prints. "The Nature of Arp" will provide a long overdue look at one of modern art's most important and multifaceted figures. It is anticipated that the exhibition will travel to two additional venues.


Shakespeare Festival of Dallas (aka Shakespeare Dallas)


Art Works - Theater & Musical Theater To support a production of "Quixote!," an English language adaptation of Cervantes' "Don Quixote" by Octavio Solis. The production will be directed by Spanish director Gustavo Tambascio and performed in Shakespeare Dallas' outdoor amphitheater. Both Solis and Tambascio will be in residence in Dallas during the rehearsal period, and will offer a community playmaking workshop for local residents, and a workshop for artists interested in playwriting, directing, and cross-cultural collaborations hosted by the Latino Cultural Center.


Van Cliburn Foundation, Inc. (aka The Cliburn)

Fort Worth


Art Works - Music To support the commissioning of new works and the presentation of musical works during the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Founded in 1961, the foundation's mission is to identify and promote the finest talent in classical music worldwide through piano competitions, concerts, and education programs in Fort Worth and Dallas schools. The project will include the commissioning of new music for piano by composer and pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin and the participation of the Brentano String Quartet. Thanks For Reading

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