Austin arts organizations, poets, awarded NEA monies

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded grants to 12 Austin cultural organizations and three area poets in its most recent round of funding for 2014, announced Tuesday.

"It's Like a Sculpture, but with More Breakdancing" Sergio Garcia. "Young Latino Artists 18: Con/Juntos," Mexic-Arte Museum, 2013
“It’s Like a Sculpture, but with More Breakdancing” Sergio Garcia. “Young Latino Artists 18: Con/Juntos,” Mexic-Arte Museum, 2013

Organization receiving grants are:

  • Austin Film Society: $34,000, for several curated film and video series.
  • Austin Independent School District: $80,000 for its Creative Learning Initiative.
  • Austin Lyric Opera: $20,000 for a new production of Carlisle Floyd’s “Of Mice and Men,” the organization’s first new American opera production since 2007.
  • Cine Las Americas: $10,000 for its Cine Las Americas International Film Festival.
  • Contemporary Austin: $35,000 for an exhibit exploring multi-sensory, immersive contemporary art.
  • Fusebox Festival: $25,000 for three new performance art productions
  • Great Promise for American Indians: $10,000 for the  Texas American Indian Heritage Festival and Austin Powwow
  • Mexic-Arte Museum: $25,000 for its Young Latino Artists annual exhibit.
  • Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance: $25,000 to support visiting master artists.
  • Tapestry Dance Company: $10,000 for its 15th annual Soul to Sole Tap Festival
  • Women & Their Work: $20,000 for its series of solo exhibitions by Texas women.
  • Zach Theatre: $40,000 for the  premiere production of Anna Deavere Smith’s “On Grace.”

Austin poets who received $25,000 grants were Sam Sax, Susan Somers-Willett and Laura Saurborn Young.


Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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