National Endowment for the Arts Invests $1.14M in LA County through Grants

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 3:10pm

Photo: NEA Logo

The National Endowment for the Arts announced its next round of Art Works and Creative Writing grants this week, which will send $1.14 million to Los Angeles County to support artists and arts organizations throughout the region.

Arts for LA Member Organizations 18th Street Arts Center, 24th Street Theatre, Armory Center for the Arts, CalArts, Cornerstone Theater Company, East-West Players, Film Independent, Get Lit–Words Ignite, Heart of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Society, Los Angeles Master Chorale Association, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and Watts Village Theater Company are among the 39 organizational grantees this year.  Awards range from $10,000 to $90,000 and fund performances, artist residencies, arts education opportunities, and other programs that serve the community.

Four Los Angeles-based writers received creative writing fellowships for their work in fiction or creative nonfiction.  Each grant is $25,000 and recognizes and individual writer’s promise and past achievements.  The awardees are Percival Everett, Peter Gadol, Eugene Marten, and Martin Pousson.

Arts for LA congratulates these organizations and artists for their recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts!

Jazz Bakery Performance Space 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music 
$15,000 Beverly Hills, CA 
To support NEA Jazz Masters at The Jazz Bakery. The five-concert series will feature NEA Jazz Masters Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kenny Barron, and Ron Carter at Los Angeles venues such as The Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, Zipper Concert Hall at The Coburn School, and The Aratani Japan America Theater (in collaboration with the Angel City Jazz Festival). In addition, NEA Jazz Masters on Central Avenue, a day-long symposium with NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson serving as a panelist, will take place at the Dunbar Hotel. 
Community Television of Southern California 

GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music 
$15,000 Burbank, CA 
To support Open Call, a transmedia initiative of classical and jazz music performances on KCET-TV and on satellite television channels. Plans include the production and broadcast of performances by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Bakery, Camerata Pacifica, and the Colburn Orchestra. The broadcasts will be enhanced by a website (http://www.kcet.org/shows/opencall/) that will include program notes; artists' bios; artist commentary; interviews with conductors, composers, and artistic directors; and articles that provide historical and contemporary context. 

Long Beach Opera 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Opera 
$25,000 Long Beach, CA 
To support performances of "The Death of Klinghoffer" by composer John Adams, as part of the citywide "Minimalist Jukebox" music festival curated by the composer. Based on the real-life events in 1985 surrounding the killing of an elderly wheelchair-bound Jewish-American named Leon Klinghoffer who was killed by Palestinian terrorists who hijacked an Italian cruise ship and took the passengers hostage, the story unfolds through a series of glimpsed moments rather than a detailed linear narrative. 
24th Street Theatre Company 

GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater 
$10,000 Los Angeles, CA To support the commission and tour of a new play by Finegan Kruckemeyer. Internationally acclaimed playwright Kruckemeyer will develop a new play for family audiences exploring themes that address the human condition. The project will take place under the umbrella of the theater's new company, LAb24, which is dedicated to producing cutting-edge, quality programming for children and families. 

826LA 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education 
$15,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support Young Authors' Book Project, creative writing programs, and the publication of student work. Professional authors, screenwriters, journalists, and artists will provide editorial guidance, mentoring, and encouragement to students as they develop writing skills. Students will present their work in a performance and publication which will be available online and in book stores. The program will be provided free-of-charge to students at an under-performing high school in Los Angeles.

Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk & Traditional Arts 
$10,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the traditional components of the Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture. A wide range of traditional arts from different regions of the Philippines will be presented, including music, dance, foodways, crafts, and traditional literature, such as poetry, riddles, and folk tales. In conjunction with the performances, the project will present lectures, demonstrations, and workshops dedicated to the traditional arts. 

Collage Dance Theatre 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance 
$10,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the creation and presentation of a series of site specific presentations called "At the Oasis." The choreography, built into and around a 1961 Oasis trailer, will explore the idea of home. The work will be performed in sites such as community parks or parking lots in Fresno and Hayward, California, and will include audience participation. 

Cornerstone Theater Company 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater 
$30,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the production of "The Addiction Project," a community developed work about the addiction and recovery community in Los Angeles. The project will evolve through community participant story circles and workshops and will explore different types of recovery facilities, from the low-cost programs in South Central Los Angeles to higher-end facilities in Malibu. 

Craft & Folk Art Museum 
GRANT CATEGORY: Challenge America Fast-Track 
$10,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support "Clare Graham Retrospective," an exhibition of the sculptor's work that will also include artworks by developmentally disabled adults. Curated by Brooks Hudson Thomas, the exhibition will include selected works created by members of L.A. GOAL, an organization that provides opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Graham will design and implement a multi-session workshop with members of L.A.  

East-West Players 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater 
$25,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the world premiere production of Madhuri Shekar's "A Nice Indian Boy." The comedy portrays Naveen, a young South Asian Indian gay man looking to find a suitable Indian partner to bring home to his family and explores the dynamics of a contemporary Indian family. 

Film Independent 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Media Arts 
$40,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support artist development programs. The initiative includes producing and screenwriting labs and Project Involve, a mentorship program targeted to underserved communities.

Fountain Theatre 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater 
$10,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the creation, development, and presentation of "Freddy," written and directed by Producing Director Deborah Lawlor. The play will use music, video, dance, and drama to depict the 1960s avant-garde dancer Frederick Herko. Herko galvanized audiences and those who knew him in New York's East Village during the 1960s. A resident of Andy Warhol's Factory, Herko was a 28-year-old dancer of extraordinary talent haunted by dark, self-destructive demons. 

Get Lit - Words Ignite 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education 
$10,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support Get Lit Players. Led by professional poets and guest artists, this performance poetry troupe will study and recite classic poems and then write poetic responses. Each participant is expected to memorize at least one hour of classic and original work that will be presented in traditional and non-traditional venues in Los Angeles and nationally at the Brave New Voices Festival. 

Great Leap, Incorporated 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater 
$10,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support Collaboratory, a cross-disciplinary artist residency and mentorship program for emerging artists. Veteran performing artists will train and mentor emerging and young artists from underserved communities across Southern California to create a piece that explores themes of environmental justice along with the local Asian Pacific Islander community of Long Beach. 

Heart of Los Angeles Youth 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education 
$50,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles at Heart of Los Angeles (YOLA at HOLA), an after-school, El Sistema-inspired program providing ensemble-based music instruction to students in central Los Angeles. The YOLA at HOLA program is a partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is directly inspired by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel's formative experience with El Sistema, Venezuela's youth orchestra movement. Students take musicianship classes, sing and rehearse in instrumental ensembles after school for about three hours a day, five days a week, and instruments are provided free-of-charge. In addition, students are supported by daily academic tutoring. 

International Documentary 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Media Arts 
$50,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the Documentary Congress. To be presented with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this event will provide a platform for discourse and problem-solving on critical issues impacting documentary filmmakers.

LAXART 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Visual Arts 
$30,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the planning phase of "The Occasional," a major citywide exhibition. Project activities include international travel by a curatorial team to research and identify artists for both exhibition, commissioning, and residency opportunities. 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Society 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music 
$22,500 Los Angeles, CA 
To support Rising Voices, premieres and radio broadcasts of new works with related educational activities. Plans include premieres of music commissioned by composers Anna Clyne and Hannah Lash. Clyne's "Prince of Clouds" will be a double concerto for two violins featuring soloists Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo and led by Guest Conductor James Feddeck. Educational activities will include school programs with the composers and lecture demonstrations. The premieres will take place at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and Royce Hall in Los Angeles. 

Los Angeles Master Chorale Association 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music 
$30,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support performances of American choral works. In celebration of the 50th anniversary season, plans include a tribute to composer Morten Lauridsen, a Minimalist Masterworks concert of works by composers Steve Reich and David Lang, and a concert featuring new works by composers Lang, Francisco Nunez, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Composer-in-Residence Shawn Kirchner. The concerts, led by Music Director Grant Gershon, will take place at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Educational activities will include open rehearsals for school students and ListenUp!, a pre-concert discussion forum with Gershon and musicologist Alan Chapman. 

Los Angeles Opera Company 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Opera 
$60,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support performances of "Billy Budd" by composer Benjamin Britten. Conducted by James Conlon, the opera features American bass-baritone Samuel Ramey (Danskar), American tenor Richard Croft (Captain Vere), American bass-baritone Greer Grimsley (John Claggart), English baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore (Mr. Redburn), Australian bass-baritone Daniel Sumegi (Mr. Flint), and American baritone Liam Bonner in the title role. The work will be directed by Julia Pevner, with costumes and sets by Alison Chitty. 

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music 
$90,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support Minimalist Jukebox. The festival will feature John Adams as curator, conductor, and featured composer and will include orchestral performances, recitals, family concerts, and other events. Programs include the world premiere of composer Terry Riley's Organ Concerto performed by Cameron Carpenter and conducted by Adams; the West Coast premiere of Louis Andriessen's "De Materie" conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw and featuring the vocal ensemble Synergy Vocals; and performances of Philip Glass's "the CIVIL warS: the Rome Section," with the Los Angeles Master Chorale conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon. 

Mount Saint Mary's College 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music 
$20,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the presentation of Chamber Music in Historic Sites by the Da Camera Society. The concerts and outreach activities, directed by Da Camera's General Director Kelly Garrison, will match musical programming from various cultures and periods with sites of architectural and historical significance in the Los Angeles area. 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Museum 
$50,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the exhibition and catalogue "Mike Kelley." The exhibition will bring together works by Kelley (1954-2012), that span the artist's 35-year career. 

National Association of Latino Independent Producers 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Media Arts 
$15,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the 10th Latino Media Market. Held concurrently with the National Association of Latino Independent Producers conference, this professional development program provides selected producers with opportunities to advance their careers and projects. 

Piano Spheres 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music 
$10,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the Satellite Series project featuring performances of new piano works by young emerging musicians. Each young artist will work with a dedicated mentor to develop a recital program, with the inclusion of new music written for the instrument. Founded in 1994 by pianist Leonard Stein, Piano Spheres commissions new works for the instrument and presents a concert series that focuses primarily on works by contemporary composers. 

Piece by Piece 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Visual Arts 
$30,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support a visiting artist series to bring artists together with homeless citizens in downtown Los Angeles. Artists will be invited to lead workshops that provide hands-on instruction in advanced mosaic art technique, color theory, decoupage, tile-making, and mosaic portraiture. 

Regents of the University of California at Los Angeles 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Museum 
$40,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the exhibition "Pascale Marthine Tayou: World Share." The exhibition will include five new installations by Cameroonian-born artist Tayou (b. 1967). 

Regents of the University of California at Los Angeles 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Museum 
$35,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the exhibition and catalogue "Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology." Featuring the work of American artists who came to prominence late in the 20th century, "Take It or Leave It" will examine the intersection between appropriation (the borrowing and recasting of existing images, styles, and forms from popular and fine art sources) and institutional critique (the dissatisfaction with hierarchy, priorities, and power of the "Establishment"). 

Ryman-Carroll Foundation 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education 
$35,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the expansion of pre-professional studio art classes for high school students in Southern California. Offered free-of-charge, classes are taught by experienced teaching artists and focus on the fundamental skills of drawing and painting in a rigorous and supportive environment. 

Watts Village Theater 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater 
$10,000 Los Angeles, CA 
To support the development and premiere of "It's a Krip-Hop Nation (Where My Crippled Homies At!)," an original play by Artistic Director Lynn Manning. The piece will be drawn from the stories and histories of people disabled through accidents and violence in South Los Angeles. "Krip-hop" is a term coined by disabled performance artist and poet Leroy Moore. The play will center around a fictional collective of performers with disabilities based in Los Angeles, who became disabled through violence. Manning will conduct outreach to disabled survivors ofviolence, their family members, and caregivers at independent living centers, hospitals, and other rehabilitation facilities in Los Angeles. 

Deaf West Theatre Company 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater 
$20,000 North Hollywood, CA 
To support the creation and production of "People of Sound and Silence" with music and lyrics by Composer Clifford J. Tasner and book by Joe Moe. The musical recounts the meeting between two tribes one Deaf and one hearing some 150,000 years ago, and will explore issues of prejudice, xenophobia, and otherness. The bilingual and bicultural production will include visual elements of music and non-verbal communication, accessible to both hearing and Deaf audiences. 

About Productions 
GRANT CATEGORY: Challenge America Fast-Track 
$10,000 Pasadena, CA 
To support the creation and installation of a mural, with related activities. Artist Barbara Carrasco will guide students of the Monterey Continuation High School in East Los Angeles in the creation of a mural for installation at the school. 

Armory Center for the Arts 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting & Multidisciplinary 
Works 
$45,000 Pasadena, CA 
To support City of Hope, City of Resistance: Research and Actions at the Urban Level. The project is a multidisciplinary residency that will bring together artists from the fields of architecture, urban design, contemporary art, and community activism. 

Red Hen Press 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Literature 
$10,000 Pasadena, CA 
To support the publication and promotion of books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The press will publish authors such as Wanda Coleman, Austin Straus, David Mason, William Trowbridge, Douglas Kearney, Karen Shoemaker, Pete Fromm, Elissa Washuta, and Adrianne Kalfopoulou. 

Southwest Chamber Music Society 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music 
$20,000 Pasadena, CA To support the annual Los Angeles International New Music Festival. Artistic Director Jeff von der Schmidt and the musicians of Southwest Chamber Music, with guest artists from around the world, will perform the chamber works by composers Keiko Abe, Rodolfo Acosta, John Cage, Elliott Carter, William Kraft, Lei Liang, Gabriela Ortiz, Kurt Rohde, and Yuji Gakahasi, at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. 

Theatre @ Boston Court 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater 
$10,000 Pasadena, CA 
To support the first phase of a multifaceted program for new play development designed to engage new works at all stages of development. Project components will include the PLAY/ground Reading Series, a series of rehearsed readings that is open to the public, and provides playwrights with stipends for participation and the opportunity for re-writes throughout the process. In addition, the theater will formalize its process for scheduling in-house readings of new works under consideration, and begin to offer commissions with an almost exclusive focus on Southern California writers. 

City of San Fernando, California
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education
$57,000 San Fernando, CA
To support the Mariachi Master Apprentice Program that brings together professional musicians of Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano with beginning and advanced mariachi students. Internationally renowned musicians will teach mariachi arrangements of "sones," "rancheras," "jarabes," "huapangos," polkas, and performance skills including how to play effectively in live recording sessions during after-school and weekend instructional workshops held at Las Palmas Park and San Fernando Middle School. The curriculum will instill a sense of self- confidence, pride, and identity while providing an outlet for cultural expression, celebrating the Mexican heritage that represents residents and surrounding communities. 

18th Street Arts Complex 
GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Artist Communities 
$10,000 Santa Monica, CA 
To support artist residencies and related activities. Artists will receive a stipend, access to studio space, and equipment as part of the Artist Labs program. One residency will also be devoted to a curator. 
California Institute of the Arts 

GRANT CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works 
$50,000 Valencia, CA 
To support the creation and presentation of contemporary performances. The program will feature artists who are utilizing new forms and technologies and/or re-imagining traditional forms or classic works through a current lens.