PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a senior Democratic Appropriator and an advocate for the regional arts community, sources for the arts, announced today the federal government's investment in 18 Philadelphia arts organizations to the tune of $513,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts.
"Philadelphia is a world renowned center for the arts, theater and culture. It is significant that the National Endowment for the Arts has recognized our city's pre-eminent place as worthy for this support," Fattah said. "I am pleased to be the advocate for this incredibly rich cultural scene and I am proud that the federal government takes a leadership role so that these institutions, large and small, continue to thrive."
Here is the list of local grants announced by the NEA:
- American Poetry Review, $10,000 -- to support the publication, promotion, and distribution of The American Poetry Review.
- Astral Artistic Services, $15,000 – for Spiritual Voyages, a concert of newly commissioned works by African American composers including educational and outreach activities.
- Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Inc., $10,000 – for Women of Note: A Celebration of Women Composers, a concert and radio broadcast.
- COSACOSA art at large Inc., $30,000 -- to support Home/Away from Home, a series of community-building art projects.
- Curtis Institute of Music, $20,000 – for performances of Benjamin Britten's "Owen Wingrave," presented in collaboration with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
- InterAct, Inc., $18,000 – to support a world premiere of "Some Other Kind Of Person" by Eric Pfeffinger.
- International House of Philadelphia, $10,000 – for several curated film series.
- Mann Center for the Performing Arts, $30,000 -- to support the Mann Summer Festival's Orchestral Concert Series, featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.
- Marlboro School of Music, Inc., $32,500 – for the Invited Master Artist Project.
- Network for New Music, Inc., $12,500 -- to support Electronic.NNM: The Mini-Festival, featuring the commissioning and performance of a new chamber work for violin, viola, cello, and fixed media by composer Eric Chasalow.
- Opera Company of Philadelphia, $75,000 -- to support performances of Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell's Silent Night
- Pennsylvania Ballet Association, $30,000 -- to support the presentation of "Artifact Suite," choreographed by William Forsythe.
- Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, $15,000 -- to support the Vocal Music Project.
- Philadelphia Dance Company, $60,000 -- to support the creation and presentation of a new work by choreographer Christopher Huggins.
- Philadelphia Museum of Art, $80,000 – to support the exhibition and catalogue, Fernand Leger and the Modern City.
- Philadelphia Theatre Company, $30,000 -- for development and production of "Unvarnished," a new play by Bill Cain.
- PlayPenn, Inc., $15,000 -- to support the 2013 Conference, a new play retreat and conference through which invited playwrights will work with a director, dramaturg, designer, and actors to develop new plays.
- Wilma Theater, Inc., $20,000 -- to support the U.S. premiere production of "Under the Whaleback" by British playwright Richard Bean, directed by Artistic Director Blanka Zizka.
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah