The National Endowment for the Arts announced in May that 21 Colorado arts organizations received $2,797,100 in the second round of 2019 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Awards.
“Colorado has a large, diverse and rich arts scene that supports hundreds of jobs across the state,” said Margaret Hunt, Director of the Colorado Creative Industries. “We are excited to see so many Colorado arts organizations recognized for their exceptional work.”
Awards are issued in four major categories: Art Works II; Our Town; State and Regional Partnerships and Research; and, ArtWorks.
“Reflecting the diverse artistic richness of our nation, these Arts Endowment-funded projects are varied in their size, scope, and artistic discipline,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The projects also illustrate the unique geographic reach of Arts Endowment funding, serving Americans in places large and small in all corners of the country.”
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that arts and cultural production accounts for more than $14.5 billion, or 4.4 percent, of the Colorado economy and supports 103,274 jobs. Colorado ranks No. 1 in the percentage of residents who personally perform or create artworks.
Vail Valley Foundation (aka Vail Dance Festival)
Dance: to support the commissioning of choreographers as part of the Vail Dance Festival's 2019
Frequent Flyers Productions, Inc. (aka Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance)
Dance: to support the Aerial Dance Festival
Literature: to support fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction programming at the JLF at Boulder literary festival.
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (aka NCECA)
Visual Arts: to support exhibitions, catalogues, and educational programming associated with the national conference for the ceramic arts in Richmond, Virginia.
Chamber Orchestra of the Springs
Colorado Springs, CO
Music: to support concerts that highlight works by African-American and women composers and musicians, with related educational activities
Creede Repertory Theatre, Inc.(aka Creede Rep or CRT)
Theater: to support the Young Audience Outreach Tour
Augustana Arts, Inc.
Music: to support a family concert series featuring the Stratus Chamber Orchestra.
Dance: to support the Lindy on the Rocks Vintage Dance Festival
Colorado Creative Industries
State and Regional: to support arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out the agency's National Endowment for the Arts-approved strategic plan
Curious Theatre Company
Theater: to support Staging Justice: Denver Faces its KKK History through Theatre by Dee Covington and Norma Johnson
Denver Art Museum
Museums: to support an exhibition and catalogue featuring pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial art
International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, Inc.
Presenting Multidisciplinary Works: to support the Indigenous Film and Arts Festival
Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Inc.
Literature: to support literary programming
New Dance Theatre, Inc. (aka Cleo Parker Robinson Dance)
Dance: to support the creation and presentation of SALT, a mixed media and performance experience premiering as part of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance's 50th anniversary season
Phamaly Theatre Company (aka Phamaly)
Musical Theater: to support the presentation of the musical Chicago, featuring a cast of actors with disabilities
Think 360 Arts for Learning
Visual Arts: to support Creative Generations, a series of intergenerational visual arts residencies designed to engage youth and senior citizens in rural Colorado.
Western States Arts Federation (aka WESTAF)
State and Regional: to support arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out the organization’s National Endowment for the Arts-approved strategic plan
Green Box Arts Project
Green Mountain Falls, CO
Visual Arts: to support the temporary installation of a large-scale outdoor sculpture by Janet Echelman
Western State Colorado University
Research: to support a secondary data analysis measuring the total size of the U.S. art market.
City of Lone Tree, Colorado
Lone Tree, CO
Multidisciplinary Works: to support multidisciplinary arts programming for underserved audiences at the Lone Tree Arts Center
Pueblo Performing Arts Guild, Inc. (aka Pueblo Arts Alliance)
Local Arts Agencies: to support the development of a youth-focused creative placemaking training program.