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National Endowment for the Arts awards grants

December 9, 2014
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Teaching artist Dennis Grants works with photography students at the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy WMCAT

The National Endowment for the Arts has named a group of West Michigan organizations that have won grants from the federal agency.

The NEA said last week that it will award 30 grants totaling $725,000 throughout the state of Michigan.

Six of the grants will be made to West Michigan organizations.

West Michigan NEA grants

Ferris State University, Grand Rapids
$50,000
Category: Visual Arts

“To support the U.S. premiere of an exhibition featuring the work of artists with disabilities. Jointly exhibited at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Kendall College of Art and the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the exhibition will feature work in a variety of mediums by more than 30 artists. Additionally, the project will include the commissioning of new works of art.”

Grand Rapids Symphony Society, Grand Rapids
$10,000
Category: Challenge America

“To support the annual Symphony with Soul concert and related outreach activities. The project will include a collaborative workshop involving the Grand Rapids Community Chorus and the Grand Rapids Mosaic Scholars, a collective of young African-American and Latino students who are mentored by Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra musicians.”

West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology, Grand Rapids
$15,000
Category: Arts Education

“To support the Teen Arts and Tech Program. The project is a visual arts education program focused on design thinking and civic engagement. With guidance from professional teaching artists, teens will explore community and social issues using arts and technology as the basis for critical thinking and practical application. Students will address these issues by following the design-thinking process of discovery, ideation, prototyping and production.”

Fontana Chamber Arts, Kalamazoo
$20,000
Category: Music

“To support a series of concerts with related educational activities. Plans include performances by early music viola da gamba player Jordi Savall, jazz pianist Kris Bowers and his trio, classical pianist Garrick Ohlsson and NEA Jazz Masters Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis. Educational and outreach activities will include master classes and performances for school children and at a juvenile facility.”

Ox Bow, Saugatuck
$20,000
Category: Artist Communities

“To support residencies and related activities for artists in all stages of their careers. Fully subsidized and paid residencies will support both national and international artists in the summer and fall. In addition, there will be special residencies offered for arts faculty members and MFA students.”

Music Center of South Central Michigan, Battle Creek
$10,000
Category: Challenge America

“To support the presentation of an enhanced concert experience and associated outreach activities. The concert will showcase cellist Jacob Shaw and composer and pianist Andrew Hsu, with live video close-ups of the Battle Creek Symphony and guest artists for the audience.”

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