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NEA gives 10 grants to Atlanta groups; who got what for what

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced 863 grants totaling $22.5 million to organizations and individual writers across the country, including 10 to Atlanta groups. Some of the awarded projects have yet to be formally announced, allowing a window into plans of several of the metro groups.

The 10 recipients and the works the grants will fund, according to the NEA, include:

  • Art Papers, $30,000, to support the publication of six annual printed issues, online (expansion of archival issues as well as the commissioning of new content for Web and mobile devices) and the Arts Papers Live! public lecture series.
  • Atlanta Ballet, $20,000, to help in the creation of “Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin,” plus study materials for student audiences.
  • Center for Puppetry Arts, $30,000, to support the development and performances, with related educational activities, of Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s “Ruth and the Green Book,” to be adapted and directed by Jon Ludwig.
  • Dad’s Garage, $10,000, for the development and production of “Wrath of Con,” about Dragon Con attendees, and the creation of related online videos.
  • Georgia Shakespeare Festival, $10,000, to support the creation of “blind.Ed,” a musical retelling of the Oedipus story with hip hop, rap, and soul influences, co-created by Neal A. Ghant, Jahi Kearse, Eugene H. Russell IV and producing artistic director Richard Garner. Created as part of the theater’s Icarus Lab Project.
  • Georgia Tech Research Corporation, $20,000, for the development of the “Electronic Textiles Interface Swatch Book,” exposing fashion designers to new ways of incorporating technology textiles into their designs.
  • National Black Arts Festival, $20,000, to support the creation, presentation and educational activities surrounding a premiere by choreographer Alonzo King LINESCQ Ballet.
  • Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center (on behalf of Alliance Theatre), $60,000, for the world premiere production of Meg Miroshnik’s “The Fairytale Lives of Russian Women,” winner of the Alliance Theatre’s National Graduate Playwriting Competition, and a reading series of it in Atlanta and New York.
  • 7 Stages, $45,000, to support Rob Thompson’s rock opera adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula,” to be directed by Del Hamilton.
  • True Colors Theatre Company, $20,000, for a production of Charles Fuller’s “A Soldier’s Play,” to be directed by Kenny Leon.

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