10 NEA Art Works Grants Received in Arizona

This week, the National Endowment for the Arts announced its second round of Art Works grants for fiscal year 2013. Ten grants were made to Arizona arts and culture organizations, totalling $320,000 in grant funds. For a complete list of Arizona grantees, project descriptions and award amounts, see the posted list, below.

From the National Endowment for the Arts press release:

These grants support exemplary projects in thirteen artistic disciplines and fields: arts education, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, museums, music, opera, presenting, theater and musical theater, and visual arts.

Art Works grants support the

  • creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence
  • public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
  • lifelong learning in the arts
  • enhancing the livability of communities through the arts.

Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable opportunities for the public to engage with the arts.”

National Endowment for the Arts
FY13, Second Round of Art Works Grantees in Arizona
Number of Grants: 10 Total Dollar Amount: $320,000

Arizona State University
$50,000 Tempe, AZ
To support the Beyond Series at Arizona State University Gammage. The series will present artists Eiko & Koma, Vijay Iyer, AnDa Union, Susan Marshall & Company, and the Apple Hill Quartet’s Playing For Peace Project in a series of performance residencies that will include workshops and educational activities with the local community.

Ballet Arizona
$30,000 Phoenix, AZ
To support Ballet Under the Stars, a free outdoor performance series in local parks throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. The company will perform classical and contemporary ballet works at each performance, and children from local elementary schools who have worked with Ballet Arizona dancers through the Class Act program will showcase a short dance piece.

City of Mesa, Arizona (aka Mesa Arts Center)
$55,000 Mesa, AZ
To support Jazz from A to Z, a comprehensive jazz education project at the Mesa Arts Center. Working with accomplished artists from Jazz at Lincoln Center, middle and high school jazz band students participate in jazz clinics, while history and music teachers attend professional development workshops to learn how to integrate jazz into the curriculum.

Dine be iina, Inc. (aka Navajo Lifeway)
$15,000 Window Rock, AZ
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk & Traditional Arts
To support training for Navajo fiber artists. Masters weavers will instruct emerging artists in successful weaving methods, procuring materials, and promoting their art within and outside of the Navajo Nation.

Heard Museum
$30,000 Phoenix, AZ
To support the Masterworks Online Project to make the work of American Indian artists digitally accessible. Designed to improve the scholarship and accessibility of American Indian art history, the project will include scanning of images and primary documents for more than 150 artists and, when necessary, will entail direct contact with each artist (or his or her estate) to verify information and secure rights of use.

Museum of Contemporary Art (aka MOCA)
$30,000 Tucson, AZ
To support research, documentation, and other collection care management of a newly acquired collection of art works by more than 40 contemporary artists. The collection includes works by artists such as Carl Andre, Joana Avillez, Fia Backstrom, Mike Bidlo, Robert Colescott, Emory Douglas, Sylvie Fleury, Dan Graham, Amy Granat, Isabel Halley, Nicole Hassler, Yves Klein, Jessica James Lansdon, Louise Lawler, and Sherrie Levine.

Sonoran Art Foundation, Inc. (aka Sonoran Glass School)
$40,000 Tucson, AZ
To support the Youth Glass Arts Education Program. Students will learn centuries-old glass making techniques, how to properly use tools and equipment, application of various coloring methods, and how to create a wide range of forms.

Tucson Meet Yourself, Inc. (aka Tucson Meet Yourself (TMY))
$35,000 Tucson, AZ
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk & Traditional Arts
To support activities to strengthen folk and traditional arts across the state. The project will provide support for the expansion of an online archive of documented folk artists and regional folklife practices, as well as provide training for community scholars in folklore documentation.

Tucson Meet Yourself, Inc. (aka Tucson Meet Yourself (TMY))
$20,000 Tucson, AZ
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk & Traditional Arts
To support the Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival. In addition to presenting music, dance, food, and folk arts by traditional artists, as well as ethnic and occupational groups from the Arizona-Sonora region, the festival will feature the expressive traditions of the disabled community of the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind.

Western Jazz Presenters Network, Inc.
$15,000 TUCSON, AZ
To support performance and educational outreach tours by jazz pianist Vijay Iyer’s Trio through the Western United States. The artists will be presented in as many as 14 nonprofit venues in small towns and metropolitan areas in Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Washington State.

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