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NEA Awards $19,432,000 In 819 New Grants

Source: Arts Wire CURRENT, a project of Arts Wire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) -- http://www.nyfa.org

WASHINGTON D.C. - In the first major funding round of FY2002, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced $19,432,000 awarded through 819 grants. Awards -- to organizations, through the categories of Creativity and Organizational Capacity, and to individuals, through Literature Fellowships -- will be distributed to nonprofit organizations and to writers across the country, from writer Richard Schmidtt in Sparr, FL; to the Community Visual Art Association of Jackson Hole in Jackson, WY; to the Anchorage Concert Association in Anchorage, AK.

This round of new Grants in Creativity included $45,000 to American Composers Orchestra (New York, NY) in support of the Emerging American Composers project; $10,000 to the Actors Theatre of Phoenix to support the development and production of a new play by Gus Edwards based on historical and contemporary stories of the African American community in Arizona; $36,000 to the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE) to support residencies for artists to create new work; and $20,000 to the American Film Institute (Los Angeles, CA) to support the Directing Workshop for Women.

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council will receive $35,000 to support the World Views Visual Arts Residency. Until the events of September 11, the program operated on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center's Tower One. An alternative site is being explored.

Grants in Organizational Capacity included $20,000 to the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (Washington, DC) to support meetings and workshops between design professionals, politicians and policy makers regarding urbanism; and $11,000 to The Field (Performance Zone, Inc.) (New York, NY) - to support a 2002 series of workshops and residencies. [Dance]Fieldwork offers over 400 artists a method of strengthening their creative process via a group feedback structure and will take place in several cities across the United States.

Literature Fellowships --this year awarded in fiction and creative nonfiction -- included grants to Barbara Hurd (STIRRING THE MUD: ON SWAMPS, BOGS AND HUMAN IMAGINATION, Beacon Press, 2001) Jonathan Franzen (THE CORRECTIONS A NOVEL, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2001) and Norah Labiner (OUR SOMETIME SISTER, Coffee House Press, 2000.

Two grants were held up last month (in the final stage of the approval process) by NEA acting Chair Robert Martin. One, for a production of Tony Kushner's HOMEBODY/KABUL at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre was eventually approved. However, the second grant -- to the Maine College of Art for ERACISM, a retrospective of the work of William Pope.L -- was denied. (see coverage elsewhere in this issue of Arts Wire CURRENT)

CREATIVITY - With 726 grants totaling $16,675,000, Creativity grants will support all aspects of the creation and presentation of artistic work including commissions, residencies, rehearsals, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications and festivals. The 726 projects are expected to produce 7,000 artistic events or opportunities for interaction between artists and audiences. A few of this year's funded projects in Creativity are:

_Albany Symphony Orchestra (Albany, NY) - $20,000 to support COMPOSING THE FUTURE. Celebrating American composers and their music, the project will commission, present and record for national distribution the music of established and emerging American composers.

_Alternative Center for International Arts (New York, NY) - $8,000 to support the INTERNET ART CURATORS INITIATIVE which will assist and promote individuals that are interested in curating on-line. The Alternative Museum will provide honorarium for artists and guest curators, technical and/or professional support, and on-line exhibitions.

_American Dance Festival (Durham, NC) - $60,000 to support the commissioning and presenting of a range of modern dance choreographers as well as educational outreach activities.

_American Indian Film Institute (San Francisco, CA) - $10,000 to support the 2002 annual AMERICAN INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL and the quarterly film journal Indian Cinema Entertainment. At the 27th anniversary festival, documentaries and feature films will be presented along with work by emerging Native filmmakers.

_Arden Theatre Company (Philadelphia, PA) - $25,000 to support the creation, development and production of new American theater works. Arden Theatre Company commits its resources to the unique costs of play development and support to emerging artists in The Independence Foundation New Play Showcase.

_Art in General, Inc. (consortium) (New York, NY) - $17,000 to support Art in General on Canal, a commissioning project for temporary, public work by artists and artists' collaboratives -- site specific works and performances in spaces along Canal Street in downtown New York City.

_Art Papers (Atlanta, GA) - $15,000 to support reviews of contemporary artists' work in the bi-monthly journal ART PAPERS. The reviews section includes an average of 32 reviews by writers, many of who will be publishing for the first time.

_Artists Space (New York, NY) - $22,500 to present design exhibitions on the theme of information technology as part of the ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN PROJECT SERIES. The exhibitions will examine new methods for integrating technology and information systems into the designed and built environment.

_Arts Council of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA) - $23,000 to support a master artist residencies series designed to offer professional visual artists the opportunity to work in non-studio settings. The master artists selected for this initial residency are John Scott, Lin Emery and Helen Escobedo.

_Artspace (New Haven, CT) - $25,000 To support the commissioning of nine temporary, site-specific public artworks from mid-career visual artists for the 5th annual City-Wide Open Studios program in New Haven. This month long event will showcase the work and studios of over 300 local visual artists.

_Asian CineVision (New York, NY) - $15,000 To support the 2002 ASIAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and its national tour. After its run in New York, the festival will travel to 10 sites throughout the United States including Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Pennsylvania.

_Atlantic Public Media (Woods Hole, MA) - $40,000 to support http://www.Transom.org - a public radio/Internet initiative designed to foster new and artistic audio artworks.

_Axis Dance Company (Oakland, CA) - $10,000 to support creation of LES SAISONS, a work for dancers with and without disabilities by French Canadian choreographer Sonya Delwaide.

_Bamboo Ridge Press (Honolulu, HI) $7,000 to support the publication, distribution and promotion of issues of BAMBOO RIDGE, an annual journal of Hawaiian literature and arts. Authors featured in the issues will promote the journal through readings and workshops at community colleges, high schools, educational conferences, bookstores and local organizations.

_Brooklyn Information & Culture (Brooklyn, NY) - $12,000 To support CELEBRATE BROOKLYN-URBAN VOICES/RURAL STORIES, a series of concerts and professionally moderated dialogues with artists and audiences. Music, dance and spoken word will be featured in this series of writing and performance.

_Brown University (on behalf of Rites and Reason Theatre) (Providence, RI) - $15,000 To support the development and workshop performance of a new theater piece. Artistic Director and playwright Elmo Terry-Morgan will collaborate with theater artists Keith Antar Mason of The Hittite Empire and Steven Pannell, an archivist, to develop PROFILES AND SHADOWS.

_Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (consortium) (Chicago, IL) - $40,000 to support an exhibition, catalogue, video and national conference on school design: ARCHITECTURE FOR EDUCATION: NEW SCHOOL DESIGNS FROM THE CHICAGO COMPETITIONS which will document and disseminate design models for school facilities.

_California State University, Sacramento (on behalf of the Festival of New American Music) Sacramento, CA $12,500 to support the FESTIVAL OF NEW AMERICAN MUSIC to be held on the campus of California State University (Sacramento) and at various community venues. The annual festival will focus on many facets of new American music, including the latest developments in computer-generated music, new and unusual instrumental design, and exploration of contemporary music and improvisation.

_Casa Familiar (San Ysidro, CA) - $20,000 to support an ideas competition, educational workshop, community events, and a publication examining the San Diego - Tijuana border region. This conceptual competition will generate ideas for the redesign of the border condition currently demarcated by a ten-foot high steel wall.

_Center for Women & Their Work (Austin, TX) - $25,000 to support a series of solo exhibitions for young and emerging women artists of Texas. The exhibitions will be accompanied by catalogues and related educational and outreach activities.

_Central City Opera House Association (Denver, CO) - $15,000 to support a new production of SUMMER AND SMOKE by Lee Hoiby with libretto by Lanford Wilson. Based on the play by Tennessee Williams, this work will be the seventh 20th-century American opera produced by the company.

_Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East (Leonia, NJ) $5,000 to support composer residencies and a commissioning program as part of a summer chamber music conference. During the 2002 summer conference, there will be week-long residencies by three composers, Victoria Bond, Tamar Diesendruck and Peter Lewis, and a three-week residency by senior composer-in-residence Chen Yi.

_City of Long Beach, Mississippi (Long Beach, MS) - $10,000 To support development of a master plan for the downtown and harbor area. The master plan process will begin with a series of public and private workshops involving the mayor, leaders from the community, and town citizens.

_Contemporary American Theater Festival (Shepherdstown, WV) $10,000 to support the development and production of THE SILENCE OF GOD, a new play by Catherine Filloux.

_Copper Canyon Press (Port Townsend, WA) - $55,000 to support the publication, promotion, and national distribution of books of poetry by emerging and established poets, and books in translation. Promotional author readings will be scheduled throughout the country at bookstores, libraries and literary conferences.

_Cornerstone Theater Company (Los Angeles, CA) - $45,000 to support the CATHOLIC IMMIGRANT PROJECT, the world premiere of Bill Cain's adaptation of the medieval Mystery Plays. The project is the first community residency of the company's Faith Based Theater Cycle.

_Creative Nonfiction Foundation (Pittsburgh, PA) - $7,500 to support the publication and promotion of an issue of CREATIVE NONFICTION. In addition to author readings, special mailings, and advertisements on its Web site, the journal will promote its issues by binding a subscription card into POETS AND WRITERS magazine.

_Curbstone Press (Willimantic, CT) - $60,000 to support the translation, publication and promotion of contemporary poetry and fiction by writers from Latin America, Vietnam and Algeria. Curbstone Press will sponsor readings by international writers in bookstores, libraries, schools and community centers.

_Dance Center (Columbia College) (Chicago, IL) - $20,000 to support two dance presentation projects: DanceAfrica Chicago 2002 and Into the West, featuring contemporary dance from the West Coast.

_Dance Umbrella (Austin, TX) - $20,000 to support the presentation of five dance events in celebration of Dance Umbrella's 25th anniversary. All artists will participate in week-long residencies that will include professional level master classes, participation in meet-the-artist events, lecture demonstrations, and dance workshops in local middle and high schools.

_Danspace Project (New York, NY) - $30,000 to support the fifth year of City/Dans in 2002 which supports the presentation of New York-based choreographers.

_Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. (Dayton Contemporary Dance Guild, Inc.) (Dayton, OH) - $20,000 to support the creation of new works by choreographers Bill T. Jones, Garth Fagan, Bebe Miller and Doug Varone. Each of these four new works will explore the theme of flight or aviation in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the first, powered flight.

_Des Moines Symphony Association (Des Moines, IA) $5,000 to support the creation and presentation of a new work for young audiences by David Ott, including residency activities.

_Eiko & Koma (New York, NY) - $20,000 to support creation of a new work. "The dance will be a "living" installation conceived for gallery-like spaces.

_Escuela de Artes Plasticas School (San Juan, PR) - $27,000 to support a traveling exhibition of works by collaborative artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. The exhibition will include site-specific installations and ephemeral works by this San Juan team of artists.

_Exit Art/The First World (New York, NY) - $26,000 to support Terrorvision, examining the media's role in both the creation and perpetuation of societal fear and terror through the use of images. Images gathered from news broadcasts, photojournalism and movies will be juxtaposed with work by contemporary artists that responds to or further disseminates the notions of fear and terror.

_Experimental Television Center (Newark Valley, NY) - $10,000 to support a year-long residency program for media artists from throughout the United States, providing film and video artists access to sophisticated production facilities.

_Fabric Workshop and Museum (Philadelphia, PA) - $65,000 to support the Fabric Workshop Museum's artist-in-residence program. The program provides a workshop for experimentation by contemporary artists who may or may not have considered fabric as a part of their work.

_Florida Dance Association (Miami, FL) - $30,000 to support the presentation of artists and education activities during the 24th FLORIDA DANCE FESTIVAL.

_Forecast Public Artworks (St. Paul, MN) - $10,000 to support the publication of PUBLIC ART REVIEW, a journal detailing trends and new projects in the public art field. One issue will focus on the history of public art projects and the second will examine the notion of "agit-prop" public art.

_Frameline (San Francisco, CA) - $16,000 to support the presentation of a film series. MODERN MASTERS OF LESBIAN AND GAY CINEMA will feature the works of six filmmakers who have influenced lesbian and gay media for the past quarter-century.

_Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center (New York, NY) $50,000 to support the development of professional writers in all genres. This three-part project will feature writing workshops, a reading series of original plays for stage and screen, and the 30th annual BLACK ROOTS FESTIVAL OF POETRY, PROSE, DRAMA AND MUSIC.

_George Mason University Foundation,/Theatre of the First Amendment (Fairfax, VA) - $7,000 to support a script development program at the Theatre of the First Amendment. The theater will produce its second annual FIRST LIGHT FESTIVAL: THEATER AT THE MOMENT OF DISCOVERY, a two week script development program that culminates in a weekend festival of readings and other activities.

_Greater Grand Forks Symphony Association (Grand Forks, ND) $7,500 to support a pair of concerts that will be held at a tribal college on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in rural North Dakota. The outreach program will feature a performance of a recently commissioned work by composer-in-residence Linda Tutas Haugen.

_Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (San Antonio, TX) - $50,000 to support phase one of the S.A/L.A. PROJECT, a cultural exchange between artists from West San Antonio and East Los Angeles. In the first year of the project, Los Angeles artists will partner with local artists in San Antonio for a series of presentations and residencies for local youth.

_Guild Complex (Chicago, IL) - $10,000 to support the 2002 WOMEN WRITERS SERIES AND CONFERENCE. Now in its 7th year, the program will consist of five readings held between April and September. It will conclude with a three day conference of lectures, panel discussions, open mike readings, workshops and keynote readings by Naomi Shihab Nye and Rosellen Brown.

_Heyday Books (Clapperstick Institute) (Berkeley, CA) $9,500 to support Heyday Books's publication and related costs for an anthology of Hispanic, Latino and Chicano writers who have lived in or written about California. Co-edited by Francisco Jimenez and Juan Velasco, the anthology will include novel excerpts, short stories, letters, literary essays, autobiographies, reminiscences, interviews, journalism, theater pieces and poetry.

_Indian Country Development Corporation (Medford, OR) - $10,000 to support fieldwork/documentation and other related costs of Native American traditional artists in southwest Oklahoma. Fieldwork will result in a publication of project findings and a video production of project interviews.

_Indiana State University (Terre Haute, IN) - $5,000 to support the 36th annual CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL.

_J Mandle Performance (Brooklyn, NY) - $10,000 to support PEDESTRIAN TRACES, an urban outdoor performance in collaboration with an architect and urban designer. The site-specific performance will provide an opportunity to educate and inform audiences about their impact on the shape of public spaces.

_Light Work Visual Studies (Syracuse, NY) - $40,000 to support a residency program for artists and the publication of their work in CONTACT SHEET - THE LIGHT WORK ANNUAL. Participating artists' work will also be made available on Light Work's on-line image database, an ever-expanding collection of over 1,900 prints, essays and biographical information.

_MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH) - $25,000 to support residencies for artists from a variety of disciplines.

_Michigan Opera Theatre (Detroit, MI) - $25,000 to support the workshop of a new American opera Margaret Garner composed by Richard Danielpour with libretto by Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.

_Minnesota Center for Book Arts (Minneapolis, MN) - $25,000 To support a residency program that will assist mid-career artists who use book arts as their primary visual art form. The residency will provide artists with the opportunity to explore state-of-the-art printing technologies in an industrial production facility to create original works.

_National Audio Theatre Festivals (Hempstead, NY) - $10,000 to support the annual Audio Theatre Workshop. The series of classes trains audio artists from across the country in script writing, performance for radio, and technical skills development to produce innovative live radio drama.

_Nashville Chamber Orchestra (Nashville, TN) - $15,000 to support a guitar festival featuring a commission for a new work for steel guitar and string orchestra by Michael Levine. The April 2002 festival will take place in traditional and non traditional venues and include extensive educational outreach activities.

_National Performance Network (New Orleans, LA) - $70,000 to support 40 dance residencies and related educational and outreach activities in over 21 communities throughout the United States. The National Performance Network offers artists a defined system of fee subsidy in order for them to engage in extended residencies in communities.

_New York Foundation for the Arts (New York City, NY) Multiple grants to organizations and artists under the Sponsorship Programs -- from dance to documentary filmaking. They will be detailed in Arts Wire CURRENT later this month

_Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (St. Louis, MO) $50,000 to support the American premiere of the opera FLIGHT by Jonathan Dove with libretto by April de Angelis. An audience of 5,700 is expected to attend six performances of this work at Webster University's Loretto-Hilton Center in St. Louis.

_Playwrights' Center (Minneapolis, MN) - $12,000 to support the PlayLab program. The program supports the development and presentation of new American plays.

_Ploughshares (Boston, MA) - $15,000 to support the publication and national circulation of issues of PLOUGHSHARES to 6,000 readers across the country. The winter 2002-03 and spring 2003 issues will feature new work by 70 poets and 12 fiction writers.

_Praxis (New Orleans, LA) - $40,000 to support PRAXIS, an architectural journal that informs the architectural writer, builder, academic and professional by exploring the balance between theory and practice. Three volumes will be produced focusing on housing, the American landscape, and museums and merchandising.

_Pueblo of Zuni (Zuni, NM) - $20,000 to support an architectural design for an eagle aviary compound and related structures. In this second phase of the project, an eagle breeding ground, visitor facilities, orchards and landscape features will be added to the existing eagle aviary.

_San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (San Francisco, CA) - $20,000 to support the 2002 Jewish Film Festival and related activities. The festival, devoted to Jewish-subject films, will be held in July and August of 2002 in San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto and Marin County.

_Self-Help Graphics & Art (Los Angeles, CA) - $27,000 To support Treinta: 30 years of Chicano Art, Culture and Printmaking. This project allows artists to create new work in a printmaking studio in a collaborative atmosphere with a master printer, experimenting with different techniques in the silkscreen format.

_Smack Mellon Studios (Brooklyn, NY) - $15,000 to support a program to provide artists with access to studio space, equipment and technical support in response to the current artist housing/studio crisis in New York City.

_Space One Eleven (Birmingham, AL) - $21,000 to support Push Forward designed to strengthen the field of community-based visual arts practice, particularly as manifested in the use of new technologies. Contemporary artists who employ new technology in an on-line practice will be invited to Birmingham to both make work and give demonstrations.

_Spaces (Cleveland, OH) - $15,000 to support an exhibition that investigates contemporary residential design in a Midwest context. Ten regional architects will exhibit design proposals for an aesthetically provocative, technologically advanced, single-family home that considers the needs and environment of a middle-income family.

_Squaw Valley Community of Writers (Nevada City, CA) - $5,000 to support the Screenwriters Program, a workshop centered on the essence of storytelling and provides participants with an understanding of the language and grammar of film necessary for a clear, readable and intelligent script.

_Studio Theatre (Washington, DC) - $25,000 to support the development and production of resident artist Sophy Burnham's new play IMAGINED PROMETHEUS. Artistic and Managing Director Joy Zinoman will direct this contemporary companion play to Aeschylus's classic PROMETHEUS BOUND.

_Sundance Institute for Film and Television (Salt Lake City, UT) - $110,000 to support the Feature Film Program and the House of Docs. The Feature Film Program offers emerging screenwriters, directors, producers and composers the support and resources needed to successfully develop new creative work; the House of Docs nurtures nonfiction storytelling.

_University of Houston (on behalf of Arte Publico Press) (Houston, TX) - $50,000 to support publication and promotion of anthologies of works by Latino authors. Featured authors will read at more than 180 venues nationwide, including libraries, community centers, trade shows, inner-city schools, and alternative schools for at-risk youth.

_University of Missouri at Columbia (on behalf of Missouri Review) (Columbia, MO) - $18,000 to support publication, promotion, and related expenses for issues of THE MISSOURI REVIEW. The magazine will enhance its Web site, increase authors' fees, and target 50,000 potential readers through a national direct mail campaign.

_University of Nevada at Las Vegas (on behalf of University of Las Vegas Press) Las Vegas, NV - $10,000 to support publication and promotion of poetry titles by University of Nevada Press. The press will schedule readings and classroom visits for each author throughout the state, and will promote its author events via direct mail and on its Web site.

_White Bird (Portland, OR) - $5,000 to support the presentation of four dance companies as part of The White Bird/Portland State University Dance Series. The series will include new work, master classes and residencies.

_Windows of Opportunity (Chicago, IL) $35,000 to design and produce a traveling exhibition and catalogue on a housing design competition sponsored by the Chicago Housing Authority and the NEA New Public Works initiative. The competition's goal was to stimulate creative vision and design excellence in Chicago public housing and this project seeks to encourage a broader awareness and a national discussion on the subject.

_Woodland Pattern Book Center (Milwaukee, WI) - $20,000 To support a series of readings, exhibits and workshops in Milwaukee's inner city. Scheduled authors include Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Michael Harper, Anselm Hollo, Fanny Howe, Ed Roberson, Kathleen Fraser, Juan Filipe Herrera, Myung Mi Kim, Joanne Kygar and James Welch.

_Working Theatre Company (New York, NY) - $7,000 to support the commissioning, development and world premiere production of a work by Linda Faigao-Hall. The 7TH OF OCTOBER offers a compelling look at homophobia in the workplace through the eyes of a construction worker.

_Young Women's Christian Association (Madison, WI) - $30,000 to support a public art project by the artist Brad McCallum on the grounds of five public high schools dealing with violence and its impact on the community. The work, entitled PATH OF VOICES, employs granite sculptural elements to create a public "listening space" in which subtle yet discernible audio tapes of area citizens affected by violence will be played.

ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY - With 48 grants totaling $1,937,000, Organizational Capacity grants will serve a broad constituency and support projects that develop future arts leaders and enhance the skills of those already working in the field. A few of the grants in this category are:

_Associated Writing Programs (Fairfax, VA) - $60,000 To support the production, printing and distribution of The Writer's Chronicle, the AWP Job List, continued development of the AWP Web site, and the 2003 AWP Conference in Baltimore, MD.

_Alliance of Artists' Communities (Portland, OR) - $45,000 To support U.S. artists' communities. The organization will conduct professional development seminars, establish a leadership council, and develop resources on best practices in the field of artists' communities.

_Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (New York, NY) - $40,000 To support the Nancy Quinn Fund and the Theatre Leadership Institute technical assistance programs. The two initiatives provide management-related technical assistance to small and mid-size theater companies nationally.

_American Music Center (New York, NY) - $25,000 to support a professional development program for composers, performers and other new music professionals. The center will provide professional skills training and career development through a series of in-depth workshops conducted in more than six cities nationwide.

_Appalshop (Whitesburg, KY) - $20,000 to support a conference for non-traditional arts presenters organized by the American Festival Project. The event will offer guidance on how to initiate, manage and sustain community centered arts projects in underserved rural and urban areas.

_Artist Trust (Seattle, WA) -$15,000 to support the maintenance and expansion the Information Services program. The project will provide professional development information and resources to the artists of Washington State.

_Association of Hispanic Arts (New York, NY) - $20,000 to support the development of an on-line information network and database registry. The services will facilitate communication among Latino artists and arts organizations and assist in the promotion of their activities.

_Atlatl (Phoenix, AZ) $45,000 to support the 2002 NATIVE ARTS NETWORK CONFERENCE which will provide professional development, networking and other services to enhance leadership in the field of Native American arts.

_Craft Emergency Relief Fund (Montpelier, VT) - $29,000 To support implementation of a new loan program, technical assistance and resources for craftspeople, and the development of a partnership program with community-based lenders. These initiatives will provide access to financial and technical assistance for professional craftspeople rebuilding after crises.

_National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts (Englewood, NJ) $45,000 to support three-part leadership training initiative which will include a series of conferences, a management training institute, and a mentoring and partnership program.

_Poets & Writers (New York, NY) - $75,000 to support the publication of Poets & Writers Magazine and the continued development and promotion of Poets & Writers Web site. Other activities include the Literary Horizons, a series of seminars, panels, lectures and pamphlets providing writers with practical information on the business of writing.

_Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (New York, NY) - $15,000 to support the expansion of pro bono and low cost legal services. The program will provide representation, advocacy and mediation services to artists and arts organizations throughout New York State.

LITERATURE FELLOWSHIPS - The Arts Endowment's Literature Fellowships represent one of the agency's most direct investments in American creativity by supporting writers in the development of their work. The program's goal is to encourage production of new work by affording artists the time to write. Simultaneously, the fellowships give writers national recognition and invaluable validation of their talent to peers, agents, publishers and presenters around the country. During the past 35 years, the agency has awarded $38 million through its Creative Writing Fellowships to 2,400 writers, and sponsored work resulting in over 2,300 books.

Each grantee will receive $20,000. Among others, they include: Chris Adrian; (Norfolk, VA) Mary Allen; (Iowa City, IA) Donald E. Antrim; (Brooklyn, NY ) Kevin Brockmeier; (Little Rock, AR) Cydney Marie Chadwick; (Petaluma, CA) Anthony Doerr; (Bosie, ID) Paul J.Hendrickson; (Takoma Park, MD) Anthony Varallo; (Yorklyn, DE) and Maurice Brennen Wysong. (Geneva, NY)

Additionally, nine grants were awarded to Translation Projects in Prose, including $10,000 to David L. Frye to support the translation from Spanish of EL PERIQUILLO SARNIENTO by Mexican writer Jose Joaquin Fernandez de Lizardi and $10,00 to Louis John Felstiner, Jr.Stanford, CA) to support the translation from French of the collected correspondence between poet Paul Celan and his wife, French artist Gisle Celan-Lestrange. Written between 1951 and 1970, when Celan committed suicide, the more than 600 letters explore critical aesthetic questions and include first drafts of renowned poems.

The Arts Endowment's budget appropriation for FY 2002 is $115.2 million, representing the second consecutive budget increase the agency has received since 1992 and an increase of $10 million over last year's budget.

In Berkeley, CA where, although it was initially held up, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre received funding to support the development and presentation of a new production of Tony Kushner's play HOMEBODY/KABUL, (which opened this month at the New York Theatre Workshop) Artistic Director Tony Taccone stated: "I am relieved and excited that the NEA has chosen to support Berkeley Rep and Homebody/Kabul. While it was disconcerting that there was ever any controversy surrounding this grant, we applaud the Endowment for supporting art which raises important political issues. Tony Kushner's greatest strength as a writer is the expansiveness of his mind and his ability to describe the social and psychological latticework that connects us all. We can only benefit from having the opportunity to see and learn from this tremendous work."

Sources/resources:

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS -- http://www.arts.gov/endownews/news01/Announce12-19.html
The NEA notes that "Some details of the projects listed in this grant announcement are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval"
Complete listings of this round of grants are available at: CREATIVITY -- http://www.arts.gov/learn/02grants/Creativity.html
ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY -- http://www.arts.gov/learn/02grants/OrgCap.html
LITERATURE FELLOWSHIPS -- http://www.arts.gov/learn/02grants/Lit.html


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