Tuesday, November 22, 2011
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. The awards total $22.543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Of those 863 grants awards, 823 are for projects at not-for-profit organizations, The remaining 40 awards are made to individual writers. "Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA," said agency Chairman Rocco Landesman. “And I’m pleased to see that principle represented through the 823 Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.”
Congratulations to the Maine applicants who received six grants totaling $151,000. The grants were awarded to the following:
Alice James Poetry Cooperative, Inc. (aka Alice James Books)
CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Literature
To support the publication, promotion, and distribution of books of poetry. Titles will be chosen via editorial solicitation and three annual competitions---the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Kinereth Gensler Awards, and the Kundiman Poetry Prize.
Bates College (on behalf of Bates Dance Festival)
CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support dance artist residencies as part of the annual Bates Dance Festival titled, Cultivating a Vibrant Dance Community. The project will bring together leading dance figures, companies, and emerging artists such as Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Rennie Harris PureMovement, Jane Comfort and Company, Keigwin + Company, and Kyle Abraham for one- to four-week residencies to connect, create, and perform in a collaborative, supportive environment.
Cultural Resources, Inc. (Consortium)
CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk and Traditional Arts
To support the Wabanaki Artists' Network. In collaboration with the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, Cultural Resources will offer training and marketing opportunities to young, emerging Native artists. In addition, a statewide network will be established, linking non-Native organizations and tribal artists through a traveling exhibition and artists residencies, providing the potential for a national model for Native and non-Native collaboration.
CATEGORY: Literature Fellowships FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Literature
Portland Ovations (aka Formerly Portland Concert Association)
CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting
To support the presentation of dance, music, and culturally specific works. Each presentation by such artists as dance company Trey McIntyre Project, performance group CIRCA (Australia), violinist Jennifer Koh, and singer/songwriter Dan Zanes will be accompanied by discussions, lectures, workshops, master classes, and open rehearsals.
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Inc.
CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Artist Communities
To support a residency program for emerging visual artists. Artists will be provided with a private studio, full room and board, and weekly private and group critiques by a faculty of leading professional artists.
More information can be found on the NEA website.