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Wisconsin Arts Board Congratulates the First 11 Wisconsin NEA Grant Recipients of 2014!

The 2014 NEA Art Works Grant Recipients:


Madison Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

$15,000 Madison, WI

To support HeartStrings, a community outreach project featuring the orchestra's Rhapsodie String Quartet. The quartet, with training and participation of certified therapists, will offer as many as 90 residency programs and perform interactive recitals for underserved and special]needs communities.  Each session will reach as many as 25 participants for a total of more than 3,000 children and adults with special needs.


Opera for the Young, Inc.

$20,000 Madison, WI

To support a multistate school tour of a new production of "Zemire and Azor" by composer Andre Gretry (adapted by Dan Plummer and Diane Garton Edie). As part of the Beauty and the Beast school tour, the work will be condensed and adapted into a child]friendly version without sacrificing essential storyline, language, or representative musical score. The opera's universal themes revolve around the redemptive power of love and bravery, the challenge and reward of familial responsibility, and the concept that beauty is not skin deep. Teaching materials provided to schools will include a tutorial compact disc with vocal and piano parts; a teacher's guide about opera as an art form; and activities for integration of the opera into academic subjects.


University of Wisconsin Extension

$10,000 Madison, WI

To support Wisconsin Public Television's Young Performers Initiative: Online Tools for Music Educators.  In partnership with the Wisconsin School Music Association, Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) will develop the WisconsinPerforms.org website, which will offer free educational tools for music educators throughout the state. Through the project, previously recorded youth concert video by WPT will be repurposed as teaching tools. Curriculum content will be designed specifically for classroom needs and keyed to Wisconsin state educational standards.


Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

$10,000 Milwaukee, WI

To support a string training and orchestral program for underserved youth. Initiated in 2003, the Progressions program provides free music education, private lessons, and performance opportunities for the economically]challenged and underserved children who live in or attend school in the City of Milwaukee. The project will expand the program to include jazz improvisation and a three]day intensive summer music camp. One of the program's primary goals is acceptance into the audition]based ensembles of the orchestra as students graduate from the program.


Present Music, Inc.

$10,000 Milwaukee, WI

To support Home Place project, a community engagement project with local composers. The project will explore the concept of home and shelter, specifically in Milwaukee, through four new compositions by

local composers based on text by Milwaukee artist Reginald Baylor. The four new works will be performed in each of the composers' four respective neighborhoods: Layton Boulevard West, Sherman Park, Lindsey Heights, and Harambee. Programming also will feature "Shelter" by David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon with video by filmmaker Bill Morrison, "Passacaglia" by Caroline Shaw, and "Language" from "Invisible Cities" by Christopher Cerrone.


University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

$15,000 Milwaukee, WI

To support Brown: Lineage and Process, an exploration of choreographer Trisha Brown's creative ideas through performance, outreach, and course explorations. The Peck School of the Arts' (PSOA) Department of Dance will restage Brown's "Set and Reset," as the focal point of the year]long project.  Students and faculty of the PSOA departments of Art, Design, and Music will collaborate in the production and ancillary community engagement programs.


Woodland Pattern, Inc.

$15,000 Milwaukee, WI

To support spoken]word performances, workshops, retreats, and a collaboration with local Native American community groups to present Native American writers to Milwaukee audiences. Programming will include a week]long writing retreat at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, which features 50 monumental sculptures across 40 acres of park, lake, and woodland.


John Michael Kohler Arts Center Inc.

$40,000 Sheboygan, WI

To support an artists]in]residence program in collaboration with local school districts. The Sheboygan Arts Foundation will provide two]week residencies for visual artists, with a special emphasis on rural schools. Artists will engage school groups and community organizations in extended learning activities that will include exhibitions and performances.


University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point

$12,000 Stevens Point, WI

To support the Very Young Composers of Central Wisconsin in the creation of original music compositions by elementary students. The program will include teaching artist training for college music students who will work with the elementary students in creating original music compositions. A select group of Young Composers will expand their compositions into full orchestrations for symphony orchestra or wind ensemble, and the works will be performed in concert by the Stevens Point Area Senior High Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.


Museum of Wisconsin Art

$10,000 West Bend, WI

To support the Studio Saturdays program. The program provides participants of all ages with studio access to make work informed by docent gallery tours, treasure hunts, and guided discussions of the

permanent collection.


The 2014 Partnership Award Grant Recipient:

 Wisconsin Arts Board, Department of Tourism

$780,000 Madison, WI

To support Partnership Agreement activities.