Money talk–NEA distributes some dollars

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The National Endowment for the Arts just announced its 2010 grants in the Access/Challenge/Literature categories.  Pennsylvania institutions received 70 grants for a total amount of $1,354,500.  On another NEA note, the agency is releasing its report today on participation in the arts–down recently according to the data. (thanks Culture Monster)

Here’s the list of the Philadelphia-area institutions who received NEA grants.

Abington Art Center Jenkintown, PA
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Visual Arts
To support Green Acres, a residency and site-specific installation opportunity for artists. Works will explore issues of farming, sustainability, and local food production.

Academy of Vocal Arts Philadelphia, PA
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Opera
To support the world premiere of The Scarlet Letter, by composer Margaret Garwood. Performances will take place in Centennial Hall in Haverford, Pennsylvania, and at Merriam Theater in Philadelphia.

American Poetry Review Philadelphia, PA
$10,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Literature
To support the publication and distribution of American Poetry Review. The journal will expand its reading audience through direct mail campaigns, Web promotion, and advertising.

Arden Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA
$25,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Musical Theater
To support a production of Sunday in the Park with George, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. Producing artistic director Terrence J. Nolan will direct.

Asian Americans United, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk and Traditional Arts
To support the 15th Annual Mid-Autumn Festival. The festival will take place in Philadelphia’s Chinatown in the fall of 2009 and will feature a day of arts and craft activities and performances.

Astral Artistic Services Philadelphia, PA
$10,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support solo recitals and orchestral concerts with roster artists as soloists in Philadelphia and New York City. Plans include solo recitals, concerts of piano trios, and orchestral performances with roster artists as soloists.

Brandywine Graphic Workshop, Inc. Philadelphia, PA
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Visual Arts
To support Art and Reflection: New Narratives and Reinterpretations. Artists will be provided with resources, facilities, and technical assistance to experiment with new work in printmaking.

City Parks Institute of Philadelphia (aka City Parks Association) Philadelphia, PA
$17,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Design
To support the development of the Action Manual for Philadelphia’s Urban Voids. The web-based resource for the rehabilitation of urban vacant lots will offer solutions and ideas for communities impacted by urban vacancies.

Clay Studio Philadelphia, PA
$20,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Visual Arts
To support an artist residency program. Artists will be provided with two types of residency opportunities, the short-term Guest Artist in Residency Program and the longer-term Resident Artist Program.

Community Design Collaborative of AIA Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
$32,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Design
To support the third phase of Infill Philadelphia: Retooling Industrial Sites. The initiative promotes solutions for revitalizing urban neighborhoods through innovative design.

COSACOSA art at large, Inc. Philadelphia, PA
$20,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting
To support the Change in the Making initiative. Professional artists will teach community members artistic techniques, resulting in the design and creation of permanent public art projects for public and neighborhood spaces.

Fabric Workshop and Museum, Inc. Philadelphia, PA
$50,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Museum
To support an artist-in-residence program. Each participating artist will create new work using innovative fabrics, materials, and construction techniques in experimental ways.

Gas & Electric Arts, Inc. Philadelphia, PA
$10,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support the development and production of Between Trains, a new play by Juanita Rockwell, with music and video by Chas Marsh, and lighting design by James Clotfelter. Artistic Director Lisa Jo Epstein will direct the production.

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Philadelphia, PA
$47,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Local Arts Agencies
To support technological upgrades to and increase public awareness of two electronic marketing initiatives: PhillyFunGuide.com and FunSavers. PhillyFunGuide.com is the region’s leading online entertainment event calendar and FunSavers is a discount ticket program with more than 72,000 weekly subscribers.

Headlong Dance Theater Philadelphia, PA
$10,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the creation and presentation of The Improv Show by Headlong Dance Theater. Headlong Dance Theater will work with dancers and choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and Dan Rothenberg to examine and challenge existing improvisational practices.

InterAct, Inc. (aka InterAct Theatre Company) Philadelphia, PA
$10,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support the world premiere of When We Go Upon the Sea, a new play by Lee Blessing. The production will be directed by Paul Meshejian.

Jeanne Ruddy and Dancers, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA
$10,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the presentation of works by choreographers Jane Comfort, Susanne Linke, and Martha Clarke. The program, titled Iconoclasts, will be presented as part of Jeanne Ruddy Dance’s 10th anniversary.

Kimmel Center Inc. (aka formerly Regional Performing Arts Center) Philadelphia, PA
$10,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the creation and presentation of a new work by choreographer Rennie Harris. The new work will paraphrase Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and update Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography by way of hip-hop dance.

Koresh Dance Company
Philadelphia, PA
$10,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the creation and presentation of Benchtime Stories by artistic director Ronen Koresh. The work will premiere at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia.

Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble Philadelphia, PA
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk and Traditional Arts
To support presentation Mali Saido. The ensemble will perform a choreographed version of the Guinean folktale using traditional African dance, songs, drumming, and costuming.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA
$20,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting
To support the Arts in the Park series and performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Activities will include dance and music performances by international artists at Fairmont Park.

Marlboro School of Music, Inc. Philadelphia, PA
$30,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support the Invited Master Artist Project. Student musicians will participate in a series of workshops, open rehearsals and concerts, master classes, and lecture-demonstrations led by a group of world-class concert artists, composers, and scholars.

Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
$10,000
CATEGORY: Challenge America   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Challenge America
To support a residency and performances by the dance company Rennie Harris Puremovement. The residency will involve students at Eisenhower Middle School in Norristown, a multi-ethnic community.

New Paradise Laboratories Theatre, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA
$10,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support the development and premiere of a new work called Future History: A Theatrical Hallucination. The work will be produced in collaboration with Adriano Shaplin and The Riot Group.

Opera Company of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA
$25,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Opera
To support performances of Tea: A Mirror of Soul, by composer Tan Dun and librettist Xu Ying, with accompanying educational and outreach activities.

Pennsylvania Ballet Association Philadelphia, PA
$30,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the presentation of In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, by choreographer William Forsythe. The piece will be performed at Philadelphia’s Merriam Theater.

People’s Light & Theatre Company
Malvern, PA
$20,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support the production of Stretch (a fantasia) by Susan Bernfields. Daniella Topol will direct.

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Philadelphia, PA
$12,500
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support Engage 2.0 Premiere Project, a number of world and regional premiere performances of new chamber music. Guests artists will include the Brentano, Orion, St. Lawrence and Takacs string quartets, pianists Simone Dinnerstein, Jeremy Denk, and Marcantonio Barone; and composer John Adams.

Philadelphia Dance Company (aka Philadanco) Philadelphia, PA
$30,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the creation and presentation of a new work by dancer/choreographer Ray Mercer. The work will premiere at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary.

Philadelphia Dance Company (aka Philadanco) (Consortium) Philadelphia, PA
$10,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the 22nd Annual International Conference of Blacks in Dance. In partnership with the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the conference will bring together dance professionals from across the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean to network, strategize, and share their artistic experiences.

Philadelphia Folklore Project (Consortium)
Philadelphia, PA
$30,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk and Traditional Arts
To support Art Happens Here, a series of residencies, performances, and workshops featuring folk artists living in Philadelphia. In partnership with Crossroads Music, the project will allow the artists to develop their traditional forms and share this development with the general public.

Philadelphia Orchestra Association Philadelphia, PA
$60,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support Philadelphia Firsts, the orchestra’s first performances of works by composers Kalevi Aho, Richard Danielpour, and Bright Sheng. The concerts will be performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Philadelphia Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA
$20,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support the fifth year of the New Plays Project, an ongoing program that commissions and develops new plays and theater pieces for national audiences. The project will include the world premiere of Golden Age by Terrence McNally and the continuing STAGES New Play Series.

Philagrafika Philadelphia, PA
$25,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Visual Arts
To support production of a catalogue to document Philagrafika 2101: The Graphic Unconscious. A suite of exhibitions and installations at venues in Philadelphia, The Graphic Unconscious refers to the ubiquitous presence of printed matter in daily visual culture.

Piffaro, The Renaissance Band Philadelphia, PA
$7,500
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support performances of music by 17th-century Spanish composer and harpist Juan Hidalgo de Polanco (1614-1685). Concerts will be performed in Philadelphia and in Wilmington, Delaware.

Pig Iron Theatre Company Philadelphia, PA
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support the creation of Cankerblossom, a new work of stop-motion animation, projection, and live performance. The project will result from a multi-year investigation of the world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

PlayPenn, Inc. Philadelphia, PA
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support the 2010 Summer Conference Workshops. After a rigorous selection process, playwrights will be invited to develop specific plays through workshops with directors, dramaturgs, and actors.

Rennie Harris Puremovement Philadelphia, PA
$10,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the creation and presentation of new works by artistic director Rennie Harris. The new works will explore mainstream ideas regarding gender and perceived disabilities through hip-hop dance.

Taller Puertorriqueño Philadelphia, PA
$15,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting
To support Urbanization: Subcultures, Inner City Mentalities, and Hidden Treasures. The series will include exhibitions, artist residencies, festivals, workshops, performances, and a symposium.

Tempesta di Mare, Inc. (Consortium) Philadelphia, PA
$8,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support Learning from Maestro Vivaldi. In partnership with Pro Musica Rara, performances will take place at two churches in Philadelphia and at Towson University Center for the Arts in Baltimore.

Wilma Theater, Inc. Philadelphia, PA
$20,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support the world premiere of Language Rooms by Yussef El Guindi. Artistic Director Blanka Zizka will direct the production.

Wood Turning Center
Philadelphia, PA
$20,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Visual Arts
To support the International Turning Exchange. Artists will be given the opportunity to create new work during an eight-week residency program.

Zelitch, Simone Philadelphia, PA
$25,000
CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Literature

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