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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

NEA Awards Nearly $3 Million to Maryland Nonprofits

NEA Awards Nearly $3 Million to Maryland Nonprofits

Grants support state and regional partnerships, arts research and public engagement with the arts

April 18, 2014Arts Across Maryland

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced this week that the NEA plans to award $74.85 million in 971 grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide as part of the second half of its fiscal year 2014 funding. In addition to direct grants through the Art Works category, this round of funding also supports the state arts agencies, such as the Maryland State Arts Council, and regional arts organizations – the NEA's partners in bringing the arts to all parts of the nation – as well as grants for research projects that build evidence on the value and impact of the arts.

Said NEA Acting Chairpoerson Shigekawa, "We know that arts and culture play an important role in our nation's economy, with the most recent numbers showing the sector comprising more than 3.2 percent – or $504 billion – of GDP. The NEA is proud to support the nation's nonprofit organizations which are an integral part of the arts and cultural sector. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation's artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape."

Pictured: NEA National Heritage Fellow Chum Ngek is both an artist and teacher known for his performing ability on the roneat, a 21-keyed xylophone. Through the NEA's $10,000 grant to Cambodian-American Heritage Society in Fort Washington, Maryland, Mr. Ngek will teach a series of classes in traditional music culminating in a performance for the observance of Cambodian New Year 2015. In January, Maryland Traditions Director Cliff Murphy, PhD and Aaron Henkin of WYPR's The Signal interviewed the Cambodian music master.

The MSAC congratulates the 20 Maryland organizations that collectively received $2,744,800 in NEA Awards:

Maryland State Arts Council
$704,600    Baltimore, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: State & Regional
To support Partnership Agreement activities.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Inc.
$1,532,700    Baltimore, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: State & Regional
To support Partnership Agreement activities.

Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc. (aka Artscape)
$45,000    Baltimore, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works to support Artscape. The free multidisciplinary arts festival will feature interactive sculpture, installations, and performance art in the half‐mile Charles Street corridor.

Baltimore Museum of Art, Inc.
$80,000    Baltimore, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Museum
To support the reinstallation of the African Art collection. The new galleries will highlight objects from many different African cultures, engaging visitors with the aesthetic impact of various traditions and orienting them to the geography, history, and cultural beliefs of artists, patrons, and their communities. The reinstallation will be arranged around three familiar themes artist, audience, and era.

Baltimore Museum of Industry, Inc.
$20,000    Baltimore, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk & Traditional Arts
To support public programs that will accompany an exhibit on the heritage of the banjo. Project activities including concerts, workshops, and presentations will highlight the local cultural, artistic, and manufacturing traditions associated with the banjo. In addition, the museum will host a conference on the history of the banjo and its role in the development of American folk and popular music.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Inc. (aka BSO)
$100,000    Baltimore, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education
To support the OrchKids program, a free choral and instrumental instruction program in Baltimore City Public Schools. Serving as a national model for El Sistema in the U.S., a movement that emphasizes social change through the arts, professional musicians provide year‐round, in‐school and after‐school music training to at‐risk students in East and West Baltimore. Program components include a Bucket Band,  choir classes, wind and chamber instrumental ensembles, and tutoring.

Lyric Foundation, Inc. (aka Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric)
$12,500    Baltimore, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Opera
To support performances of Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." Artists such as soprano Tamura Asako (Butterfly), tenor Chad Shelton (Pinkerton), baritone Timothy Mix (Sharpless), and a set by stage director John Conklin will bring the story to life. Donald Edmund Thomas will design the lighting, Steven White  will conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and James Harp will direct the production. Additional outreach and education activities will include the Opera Cares program, the Opera a la Carte program, and the Opera in the Curriculum program.

Maryland Institute (aka Maryland Institute College of Art)
$10,000    Baltimore, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Design
To support the costs associated with a Value of Design Symposium exploring the impact of social design. The symposium, coinciding with the launch of the Center for Social Design, will feature a range of speakers in the education, design, business, and social change fields to promote the importance of design in effecting social change. Local, national, and international leaders will be invited to participate.

Young Audiences of Maryland, Inc. (aka Young Audiences/Arts for Learning (YA))
$25,000    Baltimore, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support the Rural Access for All program. Professional artists will provide theater, dance, music, and other arts experiences to youth and families in rural, low‐income communities in Maryland.

University of Maryland at College Park
$15,000    College Park, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Research
To support a study investigating whether attending and participating in interactive early childhood theater experiences is associated with changes in preschoolers' sociodramatic play and creativity. Methods include pre‐ and post‐theater participation assessments of children's play and non‐play behavior during two free‐play sessions, both before and after a preschool theater group activity. Play behaviors of interest for the current study include cooperation/collaboration, sharing, pretend play, engagement with play materials, and creativity, which will be measured by using the Play Observation Scale, an observational behavioral coding scheme that distinguishes among various forms of social and cognitive play.

University of Maryland at College Park
$15,000    College Park, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Research
To support a study examining 1) the impact of childhood school‐based arts education experiences on later arts engagement during adulthood, and 2) historical trends in school‐based arts education among high school seniors. The first phase of analysis will use data from the NEA's 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. The second phase will rely on restricted‐use data from ten separate nationally representative High School Transcript Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics from the early 1990s to the late 2000s. Analyses will explore links among a variety of demographic and arts participation categories.

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
$25,000    Columbia, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Design
To support Design Futures, a summer leadership forum for students curious about public interest  design. A consortium of universities have committed to funding participation fees for students to attend this series of workshops and site visits. Public interest design faculty and practitioners will provide their expertise to these sessions at Tulane University.

Cambodian‐American Heritage, Inc.
$10,000    Fort Washington, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk & Traditional Arts
To support a series of classes in traditional music and dance taught by master artists culminating in a performance for the observance of Cambodian New Year 2015. Students will be instructed in classical Cambodian folk dance and music under the supervision of master Cambodian teaching artists, including NEA National Heritage Fellows Madame Sam‐Oeun Tes and Master Chum Ngek.

Adventure Theatre (aka Adventure Theatre MTC)
$10,000    Glen Echo, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater
To support a production of "The Emperor's Nightingale." The production will be adapted by Damon Chua and feature authentic costumes, set design, and character depictions, and will introduce young   American audiences to visual, musical, and theatrical styles that originate in the 18th‐century Qing Dynasty. The director, actors and musicians onstage, and much of the production staff will be of Chinese or East Asian descent and the production is planned to coincide with Washington D.C.'s Asian‐Pacific American Heritage Month.

Quest:arts for everyone, Inc. (aka Quest Visual Theatre)
$20,000    Lanham, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater
To support the Wings Company ensemble of performers and the work of deaf, hard‐of‐hearing, and
hearing performers. The project will include training in visual theater techniques during a residency at the Maryland School for the Deaf, and the creation of two original works that will be created and presented in a variety of performance settings.

Olney Theatre Corporation (aka Olney Theatre Center)
$15,000    Olney, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater
To support a free, outdoor production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest." Performances will feature a cast of professional artists and young artists from the theatre's National Players educational touring  program. The production will be directed by Associate Artistic Director/Director of Education Jason King Jones. The project also will provide an opportunity for alumni of the theater's education programs to return as professionals to mentor current National Players participants.

Ward Foundation, Inc. (aka Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art)
$20,000    Salisbury, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk & Traditional Arts
To support Carving Out Future Decoy Makers. Master decoy makers, from across the country, will train aspiring carvers from their area to make a functional hunting decoy, preserving diverse regional styles. The resulting works will be presented at the Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo hosted by the museum in Salisbury.

Class Acts Arts, Inc.
$30,000    Silver Spring, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support Project Youth ArtReach, an arts‐in‐corrections project. Multidisciplinary artist residencies  and performances by master artists will be offered to youth and adult offenders in correctional facilities run by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services and the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation.

National Dance Education Organization (aka NDEO)
$35,000    Silver Spring, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education
To support the development of an online exam for dance to determine baseline competencies of entry level dance teachers applying for state K‐12 certification and other licensure. This is Phase II of a three‐ phase project to create the DELTA (Dance Entry Level Teacher's Assessment) in which National Dance Education Organization is field‐testing items developed during Phase I. College students studying dance education at universities across the country will evaluate the test items for validity and help identify what test items need to be modified. Competencies to be tested include dance content, education theory and practice, and performance. The ultimate goal of the project is to elevate and improve the artistic and pedagogical quality of dance educators entering the field of teaching.

Korean American Cultural Arts Foundation (aka KACAF)
$20,000    WALDORF, MD
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk & Traditional Arts
To support the annual Korean American Cultural Arts Festival and the Annual Korean American Lunar Festival. Master artists will present performances including music, dance, and drumming celebrating traditional Korean culture. The Lunar Festival will present additional performances of music, dance, and martial arts, as well as workshops and demonstrations of traditional ceremonies, crafts, and foodways.