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Cambridge Arts Council Announces
2013 Grant Recipients

Cambridge, MA – The Cambridge Arts Council (CAC) announces it has awarded a total of $50,000 in grants to 38 Cambridge based individuals and organizations with funding from the City of Cambridge and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Funding goes towards a wide variety of creative and innovative projects that are of outstanding artistic quality and demonstrate a strong community benefit.

 

Announcing the awards, Jason Weeks, Cambridge Arts Executive Director, noted, “The City of Cambridge makes a critical investment in local artists and the arts and cultural life of the city through the annual CAC Grant Program. The arts fill the city with vibrancy and have a positive impact on the character of the neighborhoods, the strength of our business districts and the overall well-being of all those who live, work or visit Cambridge.” 

 

Artists receive grants through a rigorous selection process. A volunteer panel of Cambridge residents and arts professionals with expertise in the arts reviewed all 2013 applications, ensuring that the voice of the community is integrated into the decision-making process. Applications were submitted in four discipline areas: Music, Dance, Theater & Literature, and Visual Art, Film, & Video. Final decisions are based on the quality of the projects and their benefit to citizens and visitors of Cambridge.

 

Jason Slavick, Artistic Director of Liars & Believers, recipients of a grant for its project, Icarus, noted the impact that the Cambridge Arts Council’s support made in bringing the work to fruition: “We’re honored to receive the Cambridge Arts Council grant. While the financial support contributes to our ability to produce, the real impact is the official recognition. It’s a seal of approval for other grants, foundations, vendors and partners. It demonstrates that Cambridge values our work. It’s a great big official feather in our company cap – it’s proud plumage! Support from the CAC says – ‘Hey, look at this. The city thinks we’re doing something worthwhile, so come check us out.’  We’re truly grateful.”  Go see Icarus this spring – visit liarsandbelievers.com for more information.

 

 

Below is the complete list of the 2013 CAC Grant recipients by category:

 

THEATER

 

Monica Raymond

Paper or Plastic

Theater, Creating & Presenting

A workshop production of mini-opera on ecological themes and enviromental concerns of our times.

 

Michelle Whitaker

Stories Without Roofs

Theater, Creating & Presenting

A theatrical production based entirely on the original poetry, prose, and visual art of homeless men and women in our community.


Liars & Believers

Icarus

Theater, Creating & Presenting

An experimental musical theater production set in a depression area sideshow inspired by the story of Icarus.


Revels, Inc.

Revels RiverSing

Theater, Creating & Presenting

A free family-oriented outdoor celebration of the autumnal equinox with music, theater, and poetry.

 

Survivor Theatre Project/Women's Center

Violence Transformed

Theater, Creating & Presenting

One full-length and two short theater pieces on the topic of violence provention and survival.

 

Underground Railway Theater @ Central Square Theater

Youth Underground presents Six Years Online

Theater, Education & Access

Support for marketing and outreach activities for a new play about social media and youth.

 

 

LITERATURE

 

Megan Fernandes

Dollhouse Poetry

Literature, Creating & Presenting

A collaborative project that aims to create a more  affective experience of poetic language by complication our notions of voice, authorship, and sound through a Dollhouse installation.

 

StoryStream Cambridge

Finding Our Voices, Part Two

Literature,  Education & Access

This project includes the training of new and experienced CET outreach workers in a storytelling curriculum which they will share with immigrant and under-served parents.

 

 

DANCE

 

Alioune V. "Pape" Ndiaye

NDAJE African Dance and Drum Festival 2013

Education & Access

A festival celebrating African dance and drumming through workshops and demonstrations to the general public.

 

Erica Sigal

Dance in the Schools

Education & Access

To bring dance teaching artists into the Cambridge public schools to integrate movement and dance into the academic and arts curricula.

 

Cambridge Youth Dance Program

2013 Spring Concert

Creating & Presenting

A dance performance choreographed and developed in Cambridge by Cambridge youth.

 

Folk Arts Center of New England

Folk Dancing in Harvard Square

Creating & Presenting

A free, accessible series to increase appreciation of traditional dance and music and promote cultural diversity and vitality in Cambridge.

 

Jose Mateo Ballet Theater

Dance for World Community's Talk About Dance

Education & Access

The area's largest public forum for conversation around dance related issues, promoting an increased understanding of the jobs in the field.

 

Prometheus Dance

International Workshops and Intermission Initiative

Education & Access

A year long series of master classes and immersion workshops designed to bring students an in-depth physical and intellectual experience through dance.

 

Jean Appolon Expressions

Haiti Speaks, Ayiti Dans

Creating & Presenting

A full-length performance consisting of Jean Appolon's original choreographic interpretations of eight Haitian folklore dances woven together with spoken text and sound collage.

 

Akhra: the Dancing Grounds, Inc.

Lilith

Creating & Presenting

A multi-media, multi-disciplinary performance made in collaboration with the dancer Wendy Jehlen and arcitecht Huang Zhe.

 

 

VISUAL ARTS

 

Joseph Levendusky

Beijing Journal

Visual Art, Creating & Presenting

An exhibition of photo essays on contemporary life in Beijing, China at the Multicultural Arts Center.

 

Leah Brunetto

Cambridge Landscape Art Workshop

Visual Art, Education & Access

Local artist and CPSD alumna Leah Brunetto will lead a three part urban landscape art workshop for Cambridge Creativity Commons students, grades 6-8.

 

Rosalyn Grunmann

"Safe Space" Installation at Vassal Lane Upper School

Visual Art, Education & Access

The installation involves art, architectural design and community building, while constructing a sculpture in the space outside the art room out of found materials.

 

Cambridge Women's Center/Elizabeth Powers

Art Collectives with Homeless & Low-Income Women

Visual Art, Creating & Presenting

Free painting, sewing, beading and crochet instruction groups for homeless and low-income women which foster self worth, teach skills and build community.

 

Gallery 263

Curatorial Proposal Series

Visual Art, Creating & Presenting

The Cultural Proposal Series  is Gallery 263's main exhibition program and will be exhibiting primarily local artists.


Next Step

Mask-making Project and Exhibit

Visual Art, Creating & Presenting

Cambridge artist, Laurie Gaines, and music therapist, Kimberly Khare, will conduct workshops with seriously ill youth at Next Step's programs to create multi-media masks to be exhibited at West Cambridge Community Center in Fall 2013.

 

Cambridge Creative Commons

Creativity Club

Visual Art, Education & Access

An afterschool enrichment program that focuses on the core values of the Putnam Ave Upper School through hands-on art making at the Creativity Commons.

 

Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery

African American Heritage Trail

Visual Art, Education & Access

The creation and presentation of a walking trail that will interpret the African American experience in Greater Boston in the 19th and 20th century through the stories of those buried and commemorated in the Cemetery.

 

 

FILM & VIDEO

 

Jesseca Ferguson

Film screenings with Maysoon Pachachi

Film & Video, Creating & Presenting

Iraqi filmmaker, Maysoon Pachachi will screen films and host artists meet and greets and Q&A’s with students, artists, scholars, etc.  This film is in paring with the current exhibtion Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here at the CAC Gallery.

 

Cambridge Community Television

Social Media Training Series for Cambridge Artists

Film & Video, Education & Access

Design and pilot a social media training series for Cambridge artists.

 

 

MUSIC

 

Sarah Gluck

New England Americana Festival, 2013

Creating & Presenting

The New England Americana Festival is a live-music event established to connect and grow the community of New England americana music appreciators and musicians.

 

Beverly Mire

Teen Radio on TV

Education & Access

Teen Radio on TV will be produced in collaboration with Cambridge Educational Access and will offer Cambridge Rindge and Latin high School students the opportunity to create their own magazine-style radio show that will be aired on CEATV.

 

Cambridge Community Center, Inc

The Hip Hop Transformation

Creating & Presenting

A violence prevention and intervention program that allows youth to express themselves artistically.

 

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

CSO Chamber Players Outreach Series 2013

Creating & Presenting

A presentation of eight chamber music concerts andeducational programs in Cambridgeincluding: after-school programs , the public library performances, and assisted living residences.

Cappella Clausura, Inc

Martines, Hensel in Cambridge

Creating & Presenting

Concert of music written by women composers in classical and romantic eras with full orchestra, chorus and soloists.

 

Musica Sacra

A New Birth of Freedom

Creating & Presenting

Pianist and drama students will present powerful music and texts from the Civil War era.

 

Kodaly Music Institute at Anna Maria College

Vocal Vacation

Education & Access

A two week intensive urban choral traning and performance festival.

 

New England Folk Music Archives

Stories Through Song

Education & Access

A sereis of immersive in-school workshops that bring folk musicians to Cambridge public school students.

 

Field Trip Grant Projects

 

Afterworks @ St. Peters

Peabody Museum at Harvard University

Serves 25 Students

 

Agassiz Baldwin Community

Boston Children's Theater

Serves 60 Students

 

King Open Extended Day Program

The Urban Nutcracker

Serves 57 Students

 

King Open Extended Day Program

Museum of Fine Arts

Serves 57 Students