NEA Awards $27M in Grants for 2016, Over $2M for Bay Area Orgs

Bandaloop dancers at Stinson Beach, California.  (Photo: Vanessa Avery)

Kicking off its 50th year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced on Tuesday that it was awarding $27 million in grants to American art organizations, with $2,085,000 going to groups in the Bay Area.

In its first 50 years, the NEA has reportedly provided more than $5 billion in grants to arts organizations in every state. This year, the endowment is supporting well over 1,100 projects, with many of them located right here in the Bay Area.

The local organizations receiving funds range from long-established theater companies like Berkeley Rep, to experimental dance troupes like Project Bandaloop to audio recording programs like Women's Audio Mission.

Below is all of the Bay Area organizations that will be receiving NEA grants in 2016. (According to the NEA, some details of the projects listed are subject to change, contingent upon prior Arts Endowment approval. Information is current as of Dec. 1, 2015.)

Berkeley Repertory Theatre (aka Berkeley Rep)

$50,000 (Berkeley, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater
To support the creation and development of new work in The Ground Floor Center program. The Center encompasses Berkeley Rep's efforts to sustain and develop relationships with both emerging and mature artists.

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The project will include commissions, workshops, and a summer residency lab. The laboratory space will allow nontraditional artists to take risks in developing groundbreaking work on a large scale and will offer a flexible and supportive environment for artists to work collaboratively across disciplines. By inviting the audience and community into the creative process, the theater maintains an ongoing conversation about the emerging work.

Gamelan Sekar Jaya

$20,000 (Berkeley, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk & Traditional Arts
To support Artists-in-Residence from Bali, Indonesia. Guest artists, including composers and a choreographer, will create and direct new work exploring and celebrating artistic precision embedded within Balinese arts. In addition to performing in concerts and offering workshops to the public, the resident artists will work closely with the musicians of Gamelan Sekar Jaya to refine and maintain important classic Balinese works.

Kala Institute (aka Kala Art Institute)

$10,000 Berkeley, CA

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Artist Communities
To support residencies and related activities. National and international artists will be provided the time and materials to work in book arts, electronic/digital media, installation, photography, and printmaking. The new bodies of work will be presented through exhibitions, performances, and public programs.

National Film Preserve, Ltd. (aka Telluride Film Festival)

$50,000 (Berkeley, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Media Arts
To support the Telluride Film Festival. Held during Labor Day weekend, the event includes the presentation of feature-length and short films from the United States and abroad as well as panel discussions, retrospectives, and educational programs. Recent festivals have included the premieres of films such as 12 Years A Slave, The Act of Killing, Gravity, Pina, Argo, and Birdman. Held each year in Telluride, Colorado, the festival is devoted to promoting the discovery of new trends and directions in film as well as to unveil lost masterpieces and unheralded artists of the past. Festival programming will also include free public events such as daytime seminars and interviews with filmmakers.

Regents of the University of California at Berkeley

$10,000 (Berkeley, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Media Arts
To support Cinema Mon Amour, a curated exhibition series. Presented at the Pacific Film Archives in downtown Berkeley, the series will invite acclaimed filmmakers and Bay Area artists to present films that have inspired and influenced them. Potential artists include Jane Campion, Daniel Clowes, and Jean-Marie Teno.

Regents of the University of California at Berkeley (On behalf of Berkeley Art Museum)

$30,000 (Berkeley, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Museum
To support public programs for an exhibition about architecture and life's experiences. These programs will reflect the content of an inaugural exhibition Architecture of Life, that examines the transformative nature of art and architecture against the backdrop of the Berkeley Art Museum's new downtown building. Works by artists and architects in the exhibition include George Ault, Marcel Duchamp, Lee Bontecou, Louise Bourgeois,Buckminster Fuller, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and many others. Lectures, gallery talks, art-making workshops, school and family programs, and live performances are among the public programs that will engage audiences.

Regents of the University of California at Berkeley (On behalf of Cal Performances)

$35,000 (Berkeley, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music/Imagine Your Parks
To support the Cal Performances' Saint Louis Symphony residency and a collaboration with the Trust for Public Land, an Imagine Your Parks project. Cal Performances will present the Saint Louis Symphony with Music Director David Robertson in a multi-day residency on the Berkeley, California campus, which will be anchored by a performance of French composer Olivier Messiaen's "Des canyons aux etoiles... (From the canyons to the stars...)," a work commissioned by Alice Tully in 1971 for the bicentennial celebration of the United States of America. The performance will be accompanied by a visual installation by landscape photographer Deborah O'Grady designed to capture the grandeur of Utah's desert landscapes. A co-commission with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Washington Performing Arts, the performance will celebrate the centenary of the National Park Service. Using Cal Performances' model of artistic literacy, staff will engage local middle- and high school students in a creative process inspired by Messiaen's work and the landscape photography of Ms. O'Grady. The Trust will document and disseminate the process and the work online.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Inc. (aka Healdsburg Jazz)

$20,000 (Healdsburg, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support the Oceans of Time: A Journey Through the Music of Billy "Jabali" Hart component of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. The two-day mini-festival will celebrate the diverse career, creative vision, and impact of drummer Billy Hart. Proposed programming includes a reunion of Hart with his pioneering Enhance and Quest ensembles as well as performances by his Oceans of Time group and his current quartet with pianist Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, and Mark Turner. Other participating artists may include NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman as well as Geri Allen, Steve Coleman, Mark Feldman, Eddie Henderson, Dave Holland, Oliver Lake, Billy Harper, and other musicians Hart has performed with throughout his career.

Marin Theatre Company (aka MTC)

$20,000 (Mill Valley, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater
To support the premiere of "Swimmers" by Rachel Bonds. The play is set in a business industrial park and its plot travels up the floors of an office building in which no one does any work. The news of a sexual harassment case quickly ascends the building's 11 floors and eventually ends up on the roof. As the details of the situation become more ambiguous and surreal, coyotes howl in the distance and the end of the world may be nigh. Swimmers will feature a multicultural cast and will mark Bonds' premiere as a playwright in California's Bay Area.

AXIS Dance Company (aka AXIS)

$20,000 (Oakland, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support Dance Access Education and Outreach programs in the Bay Area and on a national tour. AXIS will offer a variety of events for youth and adults with and without disabilities who are based locally and nationally.

Project activities may include dance classes, school assemblies, a dance camp for youth, teacher training, and a dance apprentice program for students with spinal cord injuries. Additional activities may comprise workshops for emerging choreographers and professional dancers, community workshops, lecture-demonstrations, and presentations. A new program that will be offered locally and while on tour will include open rehearsals and movement experience for veterans.

Destiny Arts Center (aka Destiny Arts)

$20,000 (Oakland, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education
To support Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company's collaboration with professional dancers, choreographers, and theater artists, culminating in dance theater productions that express life challenges and aspirations. Productions will combine hip-hop, modern, and aerial dance with acting and dramatic recitation. The project will support rehearsals leading up to a spring performance as well as auditions, retreat, and rehearsal for a fall performance. Students will have many opportunities to perform in self-produced concerts, conferences, festivals, and other community venues.

East Bay Performing Arts (aka Oakland East Bay Symphony)

$10,000 (Oakland, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support the creation and premiere of a new work by composer Van-Anh Vanessa Vo performed by Oakland Symphony with related educational activities. The work, titled "Notes from Vietnam" will be scored for orchestra and dan tranh, a traditional Vietnamese zither. The premiere will feature the composer as soloist. Communityevents may include workshops on Vietnamese culture and traditional music instruments as well as performances by the composer's dan tranh zither students.

International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (aka Leonardo)

$15,000 (Oakland, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Artist Communities
To support residencies for artists and scientists. Artists whose works are inspired by mathematics or scientific disciplines will connect with scientists who are involved in art-related research and/or who are artist themselves at Leonardo. Previously, Santa Cruz choreographer mathematician/educator Karl Schaffer collaborated with Spanish physicist Guillermo Munoz to create a new dance based on string polyhedra. Additional activities will include presentations of the residents' work in public forums, as well as the publication of their work in an international journal and online.

Kitka, Inc. (aka Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble)

$15,000 (Oakland, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support the creation and presentation of "Iron Shoes." The ensemble will work in collaboration with stage director/choreographer Erika Chong Shuch and members of her dance-theater company The ESP Project, as well as composer Janet Kutulas and production designer Allen Willner, to create a multidisciplinary piece inspired by Eastern European fairy tales. The artists will explore themes of female empowerment and disempowerment, confinement and mobility, youth and age, daily life and dreams, and the relationship to self.

Living Jazz

$10,000 (Oakland, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Challenge America
To support: In the Name of Love, the 14th Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The tribute will include the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the Oakland Children's Community Choir, as well as proposed vocalists Paula West, Terrance Kelly, Patti Cathcart, Zoe Ellis, and Destani Wolff, specializing in the performance of jazz and gospel music. The event, intended to serve a predominantly African-American community, will also include a tribute to vocalist, pianist, and composer Nina Simone.

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Inc. (aka OIGC)

$10,000 (Oakland, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Challenge America
To support a free gospel concert featuring pianist, composer, and arranger Dr. Edwin Hawkins, with related outreach. The project, intended to serve economically disadvantaged, primarily African-American residents, will feature the world premiere of "I Ain't Here To Stay," a new vocal suite about African-American male slave experiences, influenced by traditional spirituals and composed by vocalist Terrance Kelly. Hawkins will also premiere his own new compositions and conduct a performance that will include gospel choirs such as the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, the Universal Gospel Choir, the Portland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the Limon Interfaith Gospel Choir, the SKRUK choir, and the Total Experience Gospel Choir. Associated outreach activities
will include workshops and panel discussions covering composition, choir management, organizational growth, board development, and performance techniques for choirs and solo vocalists.

Project Bandaloop (aka BANDALOOP)

$30,000 (Oakland, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance/Imagine Your Parks
To support the creation and presentation of a dance work to commemorate the National Park Service's centennial, an Imagine Your Parks project. Coyote Waltzes by Artistic Director Amelia Rudolph will explore the Native American myth of the trickster coyote through dances. The work will be performed on mountains in Yosemite National Park. Young performers from Oakland's Destiny Arts will be involved in the execution of the work. The company also will work with Yosemite staff to connect the next generation of park stewards to its mission, introducing them to environmental responsibility and conservation through the project. The work will be presented to the public through social media platforms and livestreaming. BANDALOOP also plans to share
the work through interactive projections of the performance on city buildings. "Coyote Waltzes" will culminate in a performance on the Great Wall in Oakland.

Youth Radio

$60,000 (Oakland, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education
To support the Arts Pathway initiative for youth. Participating students from underserved communities will receive mentoring from professional artists, develop platforms to distribute their art at the community and national level, and operate downtown Oakland's only storefront youth arts center (known as 1719 Broadway). Works created in the Arts Pathway program will be presented to public audiences, displayed in public spaces, and distributed through a national media network.

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts

$65,000 (Richmond, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education
To support the Young Artist Diploma Program. The project is a multi-year dance, media, music, and theater training program for middle and high school students from underserved communities in west Contra Costa County. Professional artists will teach ongoing group classes and individual lessons that will take place in the Iron Triangle Neighborhood of Richmond, California. In addition to Western art forms (classical music, ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, hip-hop, voice), instruction is also offered in the music and dance of Mexico, West Africa, and Laos, and the Caribbean. After the fourth year, some students can continue to be involved in the program as paid teaching assistants, mentoring younger students. The participating students will receive individual coaching and increased opportunities for solo and small ensemble performances at a wide variety of community and professional events.

Each One Reach One

$20,000 (S. San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater
To support the Playwriting Workshops. The program will provide arts education services to incarcerated teenagers. Each workshop cycle will provide as many as ten, three-hour sessions to detainees who will be mentored one-on-one to create and develop one-act plays. Workshops will take place inside San Francisco's
Juvenile Justice Center, the Success Center of the San Francisco Youth Summer Program, the San Mateo County Youth Services Center, and Camp Kemp for Girls. Participants will learn how to articulate a dramatic narrative, explore conflict through dialogue, create characters, and how to write a dramatic climax and resolution. Each
workshop will culminate with the reading of participants' plays by professional actors before an audience of parents, peers, teachers, probation officers, and invited members of the public.

3rd I South Asian Independent Film (aka 3rd i Films)

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Challenge America
To support the San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival. The festival will screen full-length features, documentaries, and short films by independent South Asian filmmakers from the United States, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Canada, and Europe. The festival's focus - its screenings, media artist presentations, and panel discussion - is intended to offer a diverse range of perspectives on the lives of South Asian people in places through the world.

Asian American Women Artists Association (aka AAWAA)

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Challenge America
To support a multidisciplinary art exhibition inspired by the life and work of Japanese-American civil rights leader Yuri Kochiyama. The exhibition will feature invited and juror-selected emerging and established artists from around the country. Priority outreach will be focused on Asian- and Pacific Islander-American, AfricanAmerican,
and Latino communities, but the exhibition will be open to artists of all ethnicities and genders. Exhibition programming will include a panel discussion. The primary exhibition site will be SOMArts Culture Center in San Francisco, with a smaller satellite exhibition held in Oakland.

Bay Area Video Coalition, Inc. (aka BAVC)

$50,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Media Arts
To support the provision of video and audio preservation services. Through the Preservation Access Program, the Bay Area Video Coalition will work with media artists and cultural organizations to ensure that artistically significant works are preserved and made available to the public for live and online exhibitions. Approximately
300 hours of audiovisual material as well as media in early digital formats are expected to be preserved. Recent clients include The Other Minds Music Festival, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Poetry Center and American Poetry Archive, and Video Data Bank.

Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts & Technology (aka BAYCAT)

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education
To support the BAYCAT Youth Powered Media Program. Students will develop skills such as artistic expression, critical thinking, and effective communication, while receiving comprehensive instruction in digital media arts technology. As youth media producers, students will collaborate to create programming for the award-winning, youth-created TV show, "Zoom In.".

Center for Asian American Media (aka CAAM)

$25,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Media Arts
To support CAAMFest 2016, a media arts festival showcasing the work of Asian and Asian-American artists. Held in San Francisco, Berkley, Oakland, and San Jose, the festival features film, music, and digital media as well as live events and multimedia performances. Festival programming will include screenings from the filmmaking workshop "Muslim Youth Voices" and works portraying untold stories of Asian and Asian-American experience.

Center for the Art of Translation

$35,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Literature
To support the publication and promotion of print and electronic versions of the journal "Two Lines," as well as books in translation. Dedicated to building an audience for world writing, the journal often features writers who are well known in their own languages but unknown in English. Books selected for publication will highlight the ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity of international literature.

Community Music Center (aka CMC)

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education
To support the Young Musicians Program (YMP). This free program for diverse middle and high school students from underserved communities focuses on a variety of musical styles including Latin, Jazz, popular, and classical. The Mission District YMP is a bilingual program primarily for Latino youth and focuses on repertoire and skills
fundamental to Latin traditional and popular music. YMP works with students nominated by their public school music teachers to study chamber music, jazz, and string orchestra. The project also provides group classes in chamber music, jazz and string orchestra, and theory and music history to advanced students. Each component provides multiple community-based performance opportunities for youth.

CounterPulse

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the CounterPULSE Artist Residency and Commissioning (ARC) Program. The program will identify local emerging and mid-career choreographers whose work is ready to be appreciated by a larger audience. CounterPULSE will provide space and support for those artists to create new dances. During the residency, some of the artists will develop, teach, and perform new works. Other artists will be commissioned to continue developing their works into full length world premieres. Residency tracks include Edge, focusing on contemporary work; Performing Diaspora, focusing on culturally specific work on the edge of tradition; and Combustible, focusing on innovative and culturally engaged work. Activities may also include dance workshops for the public taught by the artists-in-residence, and work-in-progress showings where residents and the public provide feedback on the work. The residencies will culminate in a fully produced premiere of the works, which will run during two weeks.

Crowded Fire Theater Company (aka Crowded Fire)

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater
To support the premiere of "On a Wonderverse" by Geetha Reddy. The second in Reddy's trilogy of plays inspired by Hindu mythology, the play centers on the deity Shiva the Destroyer. The work also explores the intersection between physics, women in science, and Hindu mythology. Set at CERN's (the European Council for Nuclear Research) Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, a brilliant young physicist Alpheratz Schen leads a research team, but is overlooked when her male co-author receives the coveted Nobel Prize. Her frustration leads to another discovery that has the potential to unleash critical insight into the origins of life. The theater may partner with California Girls in STEM at The Lawrence Hall of Science as well as the Stanford branch of Tech Trek, a science camp for eighth-grade girls, to create conversations between the artists and young women around the issues in the play.

Cutting Ball Theater

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater
To support the development and premiere of "Ondine" by Katharine Sherman. Based on an ancient mermaid myth that inspired Jean Giraudoux's seminal 1938 work of the same title and Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, Sherman's Ondine is a contemporary retelling of the story of a water spirit who comes to land
to be with her lover. The production will be directed by Founding Artistic Director Rob Melrose. The playwright will be in residence in San Francisco for the duration of the rehearsal period leading up to the world premiere production.

Exploratorium

$40,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support a series of multidisciplinary works and performances celebrating the importance of light to the arts. Using items such as emulsion, film, lenses, mirrors, projectors, and screens, artists will create work that illuminates the physics of light that are fundamental to their creative practices. Exploratorium stresses that a transparent creative process and experiential learning will lead to a meaningful understanding of the project's complex theme.

Eyes and Ears Foundation (aka San Francisco International Arts Festival)

$25,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support international artists at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. The festival will feature a variety of performances by artists from the Bay Area and approximately 10 different countries. Artist fees, per diems, hotel costs and legal fees to support international artists performing at the San Francisco Arts Festival.

Fort Mason Center

$20,000 San Francisco, CA
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works/Imagine Your Parks
To support The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms, an Imagine Your Parks project. The Fort Mason Center will project a dense waterwall created by installation artist Michael Jones McKean at timed intervals to reveal a rainbow over the center's three piers that extend into the San Francisco
Bay. An accompanying exhibition created by McKean will include historical objects from the area. Fort Mason Center is located within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, part of the National Park Service.

Frameline (aka San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival)

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Media Arts
To support the presentation and expansion of Frameline Encore, a year-round film exhibition program. All screenings are free. This year, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival program will include continued expansion to locations in Oakland, Berkeley, and surrounding areas in the East Bay. Feature-length and short film programs representing the LGBTQ community will be shown at each venue.

Garrett Moulton Productions (aka Garrett Moulton Productions)

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the creation and presentation of an evening-length work, by Co-Artistic Directors Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton. Titled To Hear the Angels Sing, the work will explore the themes of transcendence and hope, and will be a large-scale new work comprised of Garret + Moulton's six company dancers; an 18-dancer
"movement choir;" a chorus of 12 singers who will be integrated into the stage action; and an ensemble of eight musicians. The work will premiere at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and will include open rehearsals and post-show question-and-answer sessions.

Golden Thread Productions

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater
To support the premiere of "The Most Dangerous Highway in the World" by Kevin Artigue, and the West Coast premiere of Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat by Yussef El Guindi. Set on the Jalalabad-Kabul Highway in Afghanistan. Artigue's play portrays a precocious nine-year-old "business man" who survives by
selling old fish to truck drivers and the random passersby. Through humor and with poignant honesty, the playwright creates a world that is both foreign and familiar.

The production will introduce a new theatrical voice and will deepen the theater's relationship with the Bay Area's Afghan population. Golden Thread has served as an artistic home for Arab-American playwright El Guindi for more than 15 years. The theater will produce the second production of his play about the politics of representation in the publishing industry.

Idris Ackamoor & Cultural Odyssey (aka Cultural Odyssey)

$30,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater
To support the creation and production of When Did Your Hands Become a Weapon. Cultural Odyssey CoArtistic Director Rhodessa Jones, who is also the director of the Media Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, will collaborate with the Women's HIV Program at the University of San Francisco Medical Center to develop a
musical theater work focusing on the issues of violence and addiction. The Media Project uses the performing arts to work with female inmates and ex-inmates. Jones will utilize its longstanding method to empower women currently living in the community with HIV. Community forums will share information on HIV and encourage women living with the disease to develop supportive networks, overcome additions, and to leave abusive partners.

inkBoat, Inc. (aka inkBoat)

$15,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works/Imagine Your Parks
To support the creation and presentation of "The Monster and the Hero" an Imagine Your Parks project. inkBoat will collaborate with the theater company We Players and the Rova Saxophone Quartet to create a new multidisciplinary work inspired by Beowulf. Working in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and adjacent Fort Mason, the artists will draw inspiration from the National Park Service sites, including Coast Miwok people settlements, U.S. military history, and historic ships. Workshop performances will be open to the public leading up to the premiere of the site-specific work.

Joe Goode Performance Group

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the creation and presentation of a new work by choreographer Joe Goode. The work will be performed to an original score by French string quartet Quatuor. Goode's inspiration for the work is the French village Oradour-sur-Glane, which was completely demolished during the Nazi occupation of France. Goode and his company will interview residents of the village and their responses to the work will become verbatim text incorporated in the work. The work will premiere in San Francisco after its premiere in France during the Festival du Haut Limousin.

Kitchen Sisters Productions (aka The Kitchen Sisters)

$30,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Media Arts
To support distribution of the podcast Fugitive Waves. Incorporating a documentary archive of interviews, music, field recordings, and audio, the program is devoted to telling little-known stories of culture, ritual, and tradition. Archival works will be digitized, prepared for distribution, and public access to the program will offered through the podcast and additional digital platforms. In 2016, episodes will include features on the lives, history, tradition, food, music, and rituals of Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, and native Hawaiians.

Kronos Performing Arts Association (aka KRONOS QUARTET)

$40,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support year one of Fifty for the Future, a commissioning project by the Kronos Quartet. Plans include the creation of five string quartets for players of multiple skill levels (ranging from beginner to pre-professional). Scores, individual parts, and an array of other project materials will be available online at no charge. Premieres of the new works will take place in conjunction with residencies throughout the country. Educational activities will include master classes and workshops.

Kulintang Arts (aka Kularts)

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Challenge America
To support Mariang Makiling, a Filipino dance theater production and associated activities. Filipino folkloric choreographer Jay Loyola and musician and composer Florante Aguilar will work with Kularts to develop the piece inspired by Philippine myths and native spirituality. In advance of the public performance, Loyola will present an advanced dance workshop for members of the folkloric dance community.

LEVYdance, Inc. (aka LEVYdance)

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support AMP (Artists Maximizing Potential), a program that seeks to innovate the single choreographer dance company model. Choreographer Sara Shelton Mann and her dancers will engage in an eight-week residency to create a new work with LEVYdance. The program will support the artistic process from the research and development phase, to production and touring, and will include a technical residency at ODC Theater. The program will culminate in a performance and tour of the new work.

Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (aka LightHouse for the Blind)

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Challenge America
To support Superfest, an international disability film festival. The festival will showcase multi-genre films complemented by panel discussions with filmmakers, actors, disability leaders, and audience members. The festival will provide assisted listening systems, live captioning, braille, large print programs, and audio description.

Magic Theatre, Inc. (aka Magic Theatre)

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater
To support the Mid-Career Playwright Initiative. Playwright Jessica Hagedorn will be in residence to continue developing her seminal theater work "Dogeaters" and to create an adaptation for the stage of her novel, Gangster of Love. She may revise the text of Dogeaters to incorporate additional dialogue in Tagalog to make the play bilingual. The play will be produced for a San Francisco premiere and may feature immersive and interactive design and staging that will allow audiences to access the play's exuberant and unpredictable world more closely. A possible approach may be transforming a found space in San Francisco's historically Filipino Tenderloin neighborhood into the underground Manila disco in which the events of the play unfold. Community and student outreach efforts will accompany the production.

Margaret Jenkins Dance Studio, Inc. (aka Margaret Jenkins Dance Company)

$20,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the creation and presentation of Site Series 2 (Inside Outside). Propelled by the vagabond nature of being a performance artist, a metaphor for all of life's journeys, Margaret Jenkins and her company will choreograph small, site-specific works to be performed in non-traditional spaces, like churches, homes, and museums. The works can be presented as individual vignettes or as a complete evening-length work.

ODC (aka Oberlin Dance Collective)

$25,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the creation and presentation of new dance works. Co-Artistic Director Brenda Way will choreograph, Walk Back the Cat, to a commissioned score by composer Paul Drescher, with set design by Alex Nichols. Guest artist Kate Weare will choreograph Criss Cross. The works will premiere at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts prior to touring to Chico, California, and White Bird in Portland, Oregon.

ODC Theater

$30,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the ODC Theater Presents program. The project will include The Walking Distance Dance Festival-SF, as well as presentations of Monique Jenkinson's mini-series, Gender in Transition, French-Algerian Compagnie Herve Koubi's What the Day Owes to The Night, Scott Wells' and Keith Hennessy's Touchy Subjects, RAWdance's Double Exposure, and Hope Mohr Dance's Manifesting. ODC Theater's primary mission is to be the West Coast's premier venue for the contemporary performing arts and a home to nurture artists.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (aka Philharmonia)

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support period-instrument performances of an all-Mozart concert program. Under the direction of Music Director Nicholas McGegan, the project will feature guest artist keyboardist Kristian Bezuidenhout, who will perform on the pianoforte. Programming will include such works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as Concerto for
Fortepiano no. 23 in A major, Symphony No. 27 in G major, and Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major. The project will celebrate Nicholas McGegan's 30th anniversary as music director of the orchestra.

Playwrights Foundation, Inc. (aka Playwrights Foundation)

$25,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater
To support the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. The festival will include an artistic retreat, studio development of new plays, and publicly staged showings of full-length plays. Festival plays for staged readings will be selected through a competitive submission process. The festival also will present a workshop production of a play in development at a partner theater. Other festival activities will include a young theater-makers event, mentorship for emerging scenic designers, and an industry weekend, during which national new play producers are invited to San Francisco to see the plays.

San Francisco Arts Commission

$35,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Local Arts Agencies
To support Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities for San Francisco Artists. Working in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Housing, the Council of Community Housing Organizations, and private developers, the commission will offer comprehensive services integrating outreach, education, individualized support, workshops, peer-support, and access to the municipal services necessary to meet the basic eligibility requirements for affordable housing. Outreach will focus on low- to moderate-income artists to ensure that individuals are aware of the affordable housing options available.

San Francisco Camerawork, Inc. (aka SF Camerawork)

$15,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Visual Arts
To support an exhibition and publication series by emerging and underrepresented national and international artists. The selected artists will receive conceptual, logistical, financial, and administrative support to develop their work. The series will include gallery exhibitions in San Francisco, including public programming and the publication of three accompanying books with critical essays.

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (aka SFCMP)

$15,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support an artist residency project. The ensemble will present a residency, titled X-SCAPE: New Spaces for New Music, which will explore space in the physical, metaphorical, and poetic sense, at the Z-Space Theater Artaud, in the Mission District of San Francisco. Programming will include works by composers such as David Lang, Gerard Grisey, Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexadri, Zosha DiCastri, Louis Andreissen, and Morton Feldman. Project activities will include educational events, such as pre-concert discussions, artistic director and composer talks open to the public, and student rehearsals with the ensemble.

San Francisco Film Society (aka SFFS)

$50,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Media Arts
To support the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival, and other curated film series. Held in the spring, the festival includes films from around the world, educational programs, and live performances. Additional programming throughout the year will include a series devoted to cinema from Hong Kong, and Screenings in Schools, in which students view films and engage with the filmmakers in person or via Skype. In partnership with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SFFS presents a year-round series celebrating established and emerging masters of cinema.

San Francisco Jazz Organization (aka SFJAZZ)

$45,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support the SFJAZZ Collective's commissioning, development, and performance of new original works by each member and arrangements of music by Michael Jackson. The ensemble will play as many as 18 live concerts on its 2016 national tour and present pre-concert talks, engage in master classes, workshops, school programs, and outreach events in tour cities which will include West Lafayette and Carmel, Indiana; Dubuque, Iowa; Louisville, Kentucky; North Bethesda, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Detroit, Michigan; Saint Louis, Missouri; New York, New York; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; as well as Dallas and Houston, Texas. The SFJAZZ Collective members are Obed Calvaire, Robin Eubanks, Sean Jones, Matt Penman, Davis Sanchez, Edward Simon, Warren Wolf, and Miguel Zenon.

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (aka San Francisco Jewish Film Festival)

$25,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Media Arts
To support the 36th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and related activities. Held in the summer, the festival hosts film screenings, live music, and panel discussions in celebration of Jewish culture and tradition. Recent films screened at the festival included Doug Block's 112 Weddings, The Green Prince by Nadav Schirman, and Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem by John Lollos.

San Francisco Opera Association (aka San Francisco Opera)

$90,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Opera
To support the world premiere of Dream of the Red Chamber by composer Bright Sheng with a libretto by playwright David Henry Hwang and Sheng. The text was written in the 18th century by Cao Xueqin, and is considered one of China's four great classical novels, telling the story of a heartbreaking and timeless love
triangle. The creative team may include Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang, playwright and director Stan Lai, Academy Award-winning designer and art director Tim Yip, conductor George Manahan, and contralto Qiu Lin Zhang. Outreach activities will focus on the local and national Chinese-American community, college/university programs in music and Chinese/Asian studies, and cultural institutions in the Bay Area such as the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. As many as six performances will be presented in the fall of 2016 at the War Memorial Opera House.

San Francisco Performances, Inc. (aka San Francisco Performances)

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support a series of music and dance performances. The series will feature performances by pianist Leif Ove Andsnes (Norway), pianist Jonathan Biss, the Brentano String Quartet, Dorrance Dance, the Dover Quartet, pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin (Canada), cellist Harriet Krigjh (The Netherlands), tenor Mark Padmore, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and pianist Javier Perianes (Spain). Educational and outreach activities will include lectures, open rehearsals, and workshops.

San Francisco Symphony (On behalf of San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra)

$35,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support the Artistic Development Program of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Designed to complement the youth orchestra's core program of weekly rehearsals and concert performances, the free program will provide middle to high school students with coaching, mentorship, and specialized training in chamber music. Students will receive free tickets to San Francisco Symphony performances and participate in master classes with guest artists. In addition to rehearsals with San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Music Director Donato Cabrera, participants will rehearse with San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas.

San Francisco Symphony

$75,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support a commissioning, performance, and composer residency project. Under the direction of Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas, the Mason Bates: Composer in 360 project will feature the world premiere performance of a new work by Bates titled "Auditorium" with guest conductor Pablo Heras-Casado (named Musical America's 2014 Conductor of the Year). The composer will begin his two-week residency by curating musical evenings in SoundBox, the orchestra's new performance space located backstage at Davies Symphony Hall. Activities will include community engagements, such as pre-concert lectures and conversations.

Silent Film Festival (aka San Francisco Silent Film Festival)

$25,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Media Arts
To support the 21st San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The four-day event showcases silent films with live musical accompaniment at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. The 2016 festival will celebrate the centennial of a pivotal year in film history - 1916 - with screenings of films made in that year, such as D.W. Griffith's Intolerance.

Southern Exposure

$20,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Visual Arts
To support the commissioning of new work by emerging artists for gallery exhibitions and public art projects. This year-long project will include group exhibitions, public art projects, and additional events and performances highlighting the contemporary art practice of emerging Bay Area artists and art writers. A rotating curatorial committee will select the artists. Participating artists will receive conceptual, logistical, and administrative support to develop their work; a stipend and materials budget; and published essays.

Stern Grove Festival Association (aka Stern Grove Festival)

$45,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support the Stern Grove Festival. The festival will feature free outdoor performances by artists including the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet, as well as world music, pop, and jazz artists. Engagement activities will include hands-on workshops and camps for youth, as well as pre-show arts activities and discussions.

The SF Playhouse (aka San Francisco Playhouse)

$20,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater
To support the Sandbox New Play Program. The program supports playwrights through the commissioning and development of new works. Development opportunities will include a monthly reading series, week-long workshops with professional artists, and the Sandbox Series of world premiere productions. Designed to serve as a bridge between readings and mainstage productions, the program will provide a low-risk environment and community of support in which playwrights can hone their craft. The project will include the world premiere of a new play by Theresa Rebeck as well as a second production of You Mean to Do Me Harm by Christopher Chen.

Theatre of Yugen, Incorporated (aka Theatre of Yugen at NOHspace)

$15,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater
To support the development and production of A Play on a Plate, a theatrical event fusing theater with culinary arts. Developed in collaboration with Japanese chef Nobuaki Fushiki through the company's Fermentation Lab, the performance will take the form of a theater/dinner pop-up event inspired by the many ways fermentation influences Japanese cuisine. The project will explore the potential of food to bring together diverse communities, including the local corporate community, prominent members of San Francisco's foodie culture, students, and scientists in the growing biotech industry. The project development period will include educational outreach events and work-in-progress showings.

Women's Audio Mission (aka WAM)

$20,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education
To support the expansion of Girls on the Mic: Digital Media Training for Girls. The project is a media arts education program for girls from underserved communities in the Bay Area. Project activities are designed to cultivate the next generation of women media arts and technology experts. Participants will create their own websites, podcasts, music projects, and other media arts projects that mirror professional activities such as creative coding. Students will showcase their work online and share via mobile devices with friends and family.

World Arts West (aka San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival)

$50,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the presentation of the 38th annual San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. The festival provides underserved artists with the opportunity to perform in a professional setting. Artistic Directors Carlos Carvajal and CK Ladzekpo will attend dancers' rehearsals and offer input and guidance, while also creating innovative transitions between dance pieces. After a rigorous audition process, more than 30 Northern California dance ensembles, whose work is rooted in various cultural traditions, will be selected to perform at the festival.

Yerba Buena Arts & Events (aka Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF))

$30,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. The outdoor series will include world premiere presentations of new works and performances by artists in world music, dance, and Latin jazz, among others. The festival also will include partnerships with other local performing arts organizations.

Zaccho SF (aka Zaccho Dance Theatre)

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the second biennial SF Aerial Dance Festival. The festival will bring together aerial dance artists, students, and audiences for a dynamic week of performances, workshops, and discussions. Emerging and established aerial dance choreographers will be featured, including Flyaway Productions, Project BANDALOOP, and Zaccho Dance Theatre. Performances will take place at the historic Fort Mason Center, with workshops happening at the Zaccho Studio in Bayview/Hunter's Point.

ZYZZYVA, Inc. (aka ZYZZYVA)

$10,000 (San Francisco, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Literature
To support the publication and promotion of the journal "ZYZZYVA." Showcasing the work of acclaimed and emerging West Coast writers, the journal publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and artwork. The journal will be promoted at literary festivals and conferences; additional content, such as original writing and video interviews with contributors, will be made available online.

Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra

$10,000 (San Jose, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk & Traditional Arts
To support the Aimusic International Festival: Intangible Chinese Heritage Celebration. Performers from China and other Asian countries will showcase a variety of traditional Asian operas, as well as offer a seminar on Chinese opera. As many as 20 groups are expected to present performances that will include Kunqu Opera, Peking Opera, Yueju Opera, and Tibetan Opera. Additionally, the Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra will rehearse special music for the festival and receive training in traditional Chinese customs and etiquette to receive the international artists properly.

Mexican Heritage Corporation (aka VivaFest!)

$15,000 (San Jose, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk & Traditional Arts
To support VivaFest!, the San Jose Mexican Heritage and Mariachi Festival. The project will celebrate the contributions of Mexican Americans and new Latino immigrants to the culture of the U.S. through performances, workshops, and art exhibits. Additionally, the program will offer master classes for mariachi and ballet folklorico.

Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana de San Jose, Inc. (aka MACLA)

$10,000 (San Jose, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater
To support the production of '57 Chevy, a solo performance piece based on the script by Cris Franco, and associated outreach activities. Ricardo Salinas will perform the autobiographical story about a young man traversing the physical and cultural borders from Mexico City to the United States in the back seat of his father's
1957 Chevrolet. The production will premiere at the Castellano Playhouse and will include performances for area high schools that serve a Latino majority.

Opera Cultura

$15,000 (San Jose, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Opera
To support commission, development, and workshop presentations of Bless Me, Ultima a Mexican-American opera by composer/librettist Hector Armienta. The opera is based on Rudolfo Anaya's novel of the same title (which is part of the NEA's Big Read initiative). The story follows a young boy, Antonio, as he comes of age with
the guidance of his curandera (shaman) and protector Ultima. Under her wing, he will probe the family ties that bind and rend him, and discover the magical secrets of the llano (grasslands) and the river. Community engagement activities will include youth writing workshops and a workshop presentation in summer 2017.

San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild Inc. (aka SJMAG)

$10,000 (San Jose, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Challenge America
To support dance performances featuring Lula Washington Dance Theatre, choreographed by Lula Washington, with associated outreach activities. The performances will explore African-American racial identity and experience, merging the choreographer's reflections about important historical events, such as the Civil Rights Movement, while simultaneously exploring contemporary racial tension within the United States. Associated outreach, intended to benefit economically disadvantaged, primarily African-American students, will also include a student matinee performance, a free workshop, and free transportation for youth participants.

San Jose Museum of Art Association (aka San Jose Museum of Art)

$45,000 (San Jose, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Museum
To support an exhibition of new collaborative work by photographer Richard Misrach and composer Guillermo Galindo addressing issues related to the U.S./Mexico border. Titled Bordos Cantos, the exhibition will juxtapose large-scale photographs by Misrach with musical instruments handcrafted by Galindo from ordinary objects collected along the border. The exhibition will be accompanied by communitywide public programming intended to serve the city's large immigrant community.

ZeroOne - The Art and Technology Network (aka ZERO1)

$20,000 (San Jose, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Visual Arts
To support the creation of new work by Tahir Hemphill. Hemphill's solo exhibition, Maximum Distance Minimum Displacement, builds upon research undertaken at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. The exhibition will feature new photography, video, and sculptural works, created using data drawn from a linguistic analysis of the work of several well-known rap musicians. The project will include training of teens at the artist's Rap Research Lab, a studio for the production of creative technology projects and a space to teach art, design, cultural analysis, media criticism, data mining, and data visualization.

Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center (aka Los Cenzontles Cultural Academy)

$35,000 (San Pablo, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk & Traditional Arts
To support Routes of Resilience. A series of traditional and contemporary Mexican musical performances will be presented to the Mexican-American community. Live performances, web-based videos, and recordings will highlight the immigration experience, illuminating how personal and collective resilience have guided individuals and families through the challenging transitions particular to Mexican-American communities. Some performances will be supplemented with workshops, lecture-demonstrations, film screenings, and discussions.

California Film Institute (aka CFI)

$30,000 (San Rafael, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Media Arts
To support the 39th Mill Valley Film Festival. The festival will present narrative, documentary, and short American and international independent films. The program also will include panels, master classes, and free daytime screenings for students.

Marin Shakespeare Company

$10,000 (San Rafael, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Challenge America
To support theater workshops at San Quentin State Prison. The workshops for incarcerated veterans, including participants with disabilities, will include the creation and performance of an original theater piece addressing veterans' issues. Performance artist Andrew Salvage will perform for the workshop participants and will lead sessions on autobiographical playwriting.

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (aka Cabrillo Music Festival)

$25,000 (Santa Cruz, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop, the festival orchestra will perform music by living composers. Festival concerts will be held at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Other activities will include chamber music concerts, composers-in-residence, and a workshop for conductors and composers. Past composers-in-residence have included Mason Bates, Hannah Lash, and Missy Mazzoli, among many others. Featured programming will include the commissioning and world premiere of a new work by composer Anna Clyne and a collaboration with The Choral Project, a San Jose-based chorus, on its 20th anniversary. Educational and community activities will include open rehearsals, panel discussions, and a street fair.

Kuumbwa Jazz Society (aka Kuumbwa Jazz)

$15,000 (Santa Cruz, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music
To support a concert series with NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd. Plans include several concerts in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Lloyd's seminal Forest Flower: Live at Monterey recording. Among the artists slated to perform alongside Lloyd, in differently sized ensembles and a duo-setting, are Jason Moran, Eric Harland, Reuben Rogers, Gerald Clayton, as well as 1999 NEA National Heritage Fellow Zakir Hussein. Members of the Kuumbwa Honor Jazz Band, composed of local high school student musicians, may be invited to observe preperformance sound checks and engage with the artists.

Santa Rosa Symphony Association (aka Santa Rosa Symphony)

$10,000 (Santa Rosa, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Challenge America
To support a performance, a workshop, and related outreach activities featuring Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez. The project is intended to serve economically disadvantaged, primarily Latino residents, and Martinez will conduct a free workshop for elementary and middle school violinists, participate in free rehearsals for the
community, and offer a bilingual pre-concert talk. Organizations such Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, the YWCA Sonoma County, California Parenting Institute, the Boys and Girls Club Central Santa Rosa, and Hanna Boys Center - selected for their ties to local, underserved communities - will assist with targeted outreach and free ticket distribution for the main stage performance at the Green Music Center.

Montalvo Association (aka Montalvo Arts Center)

$15,000 (Saratoga, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Artist Communities
To support residencies and related activities. Selected emerging and mid-career American artists from diverse disciplines will be offered fully funded residencies. Artists will present their work on-site and in the community through exhibitions and performances, as well as through educational and outreach activities.

Headlands Center for the Arts (aka Headlands)

$35,000 (Sausalito, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Artist Communities/Imagine Your Parks
To support artist residencies, an alumni new works program, and an artist commissioning program. Residencies will focus on emerging and mid-career artists. The alumni new works and commissioning programs will offer support for special projects created by past participating artists and local artists. The commissioning program's goals include supporting and investing in artists whose work will impact the cultural landscape; providing artists with the support to produce a project which might not otherwise happen; and encouraging artists to make work inspired by the Marin Headlands, part of the National Park Service.

Voice of Roma (aka VOR)

$35,000 (Sebastopol, CA)

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk & Traditional Arts
To support Opre Khetanes! (Rise Up Together!): Romani Culture in Diaspora. The cultural contributions of the Roma Gypsies will be explored through a symposium and multi-city tour of Romani artists, including 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellow Yuri Yunakov. The tour will begin at New York University and conclude at the Voice of Roma's annual Herdeljezi Festival in San Francisco.

Stanford Jazz Workshop (aka SJW)

$20,000 (Stanford, CA)

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FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Arts Education
To support the Middle School Jazz Initiative, including Giant Steps Day Camp, Giant Steps Jazz Singers, and Giant Steps Big Band ensemble. This jazz education program enables middle school students to interact with master jazz educators and artists through year-round, weekly after-school instrumental music instruction. The middle
school programs all share the program name "Giant Steps," to not only indicate the progress the students make as a result of participating, but also refers to the jazz composition, "Giant Steps" by the late John Coltrane. Giant Steps program directors and faculty are selected for their extensive experience and recognized success teaching jazz at the middle school level. Taught at local host school sites and during SJW's jazz immersion camps in the summer on the Stanford University campus, students follow a personalized curriculum that includes improvisation, jazz styles, ear training, technique, and playing in small and large ensembles. The program culminates in a final public performance at the end of each academic semester and at the end of each week of jazz immersion camp.

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