The National Endowment for the Arts will award $768,500 in grants to the Churchill Arts Council, Nevada Arts Council, the Western Folklife Center and the Nevada Ballet Theater as part of the second half of NEA’s fiscal year 2014 funding, NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa has announced.
Fallon’s Churchill Arts Council was awarded $50,000 to support GloboLocal Peregrinations, a series of interrelated musical performances and outreach activities that focus on the presentation of musical forms and genres derived from jazz, pop, classical, world and Americana, including folk, bluegrass, rock and country. The performances, workshops, lectures and other outreach activities are scheduled at the Oats Park Art Center.
“They determine the amount that was awarded, and we are fortunate to be funded by NEA. This a very nice surprise and will help us to continue to present quality programs in Fallon for the next two years,” said Kirk Robertson, CAC’s program director.
The NAC was awarded $663,500 for the third year of its Partnership Agreement Grant, which supports the council’s programs, outreach activities and various grant categories.
Elko’s Western Folklife Center will receive $45,000 for a series of poem-films that highlight contemporary rural issues and ideas and incorporate the works of respected agrarian poets. The films will combine audio material and visual images to convey cowboy and agrarian poetry through the new medium. The work is done by experienced video artists and broadcast via online platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo and the Western Folklife Center’s website. The films will be presented at the 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, folk arts conferences, film festivals and gallery installations at the Western Folklife Center.
Nevada Ballet Theater in Las Vegas received $10,000 to help present George Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” in its original theatrical context as part of a month‐long production of Rodgers & Hart’s musical comedy “On Your Toes,” presented as a collaborative effort between Nevada Ballet Theatre, the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company and the Las Vegas Philharmonic.
NEA awarded more than $78 million nationwide. All of the organization’s grants undergo a rigorous independent review process by national panels of artists and other arts experts, followed by review of those recommendations by the National Council on the Arts, with final grant decisions by the NEA acting chair.