-Minnesota State Arts Board - Minnesota North Star

FY 2008 Grantees

Logo: NEA - American Masterpieces

American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius

American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius is a major initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The intended outcome is to give audiences throughout the nation opportunities to experience a wide range of art forms and activities that represent the best of our American cultural and artistic legacy.

Number of grants: 16
Total dollars awarded: $109,750

Cantus, Minneapolis
For educational residencies in four high schools around the state; through interactive lecture/demonstration, master class, and music preparation students will have the opportunity to hear and learn works by American composers

Carlyle Brown and Company, Minneapolis
To produce a multi-media play, Are You Now or Have You Ever Been, a fictional account of the demons and dilemmas faced by Langston Hughes while attempting to write a poem the night before appearing before the McCarthy commission.

Commonweal Theatre Company, Lanesboro
For a production of Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey, that will be part of the theater’s education programs

East Grand Forks Campbell Library, East Grand Forks
Author Nancy Carlson will hold residencies for K-3 students from local school districts; area writers will be invited to observe the residency to add to their professional experience

Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, Fargo
To present repertory productions of Twelve Angry Men and Twelve Angry Women; performances will be part of three local college curricula, special student performances will be given Saturday afternoons, and study guides will be available to high school teachers

Headwaters School of Music and Arts, Bemidji
To produce Benjamin Britten’s opera Paul Bunyan, which provides unique insights into the adventures of Paul Bunyan, in cooperation with the newly formed Lake Bemidji Summer Opera Festival

MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis
Richard Goode, Pamela Frank, and Ron Carter will host a series of master classes and performances highlighting American jazz and classical compositions in conjunction with the
grand opening of MacPhail’s new flagship facility in downtown Minneapolis

Minnesota Ballet, Duluth
To perform George Blanachine’s Who Cares?, an American masterpiece blending ballet and jazz techniques set to sixteen George Gershwin songs, in Duluth; to tour the production and offer master classes in Virginia and Silver Bay

Minnesota Orchestral Association, Minneapolis
To present Steve Heitzeg's, On The Day You Were Born, on six Young People's and two Free Family Concerts in March 2008

Reif Center, Grand Rapids
New York City's American Ballet Theatre/Studio Company will perform and conduct residencies at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center and in area public schools

Rochester Repertory Theatre, Rochester
To produce and present eight performances of Lee Blessing's play, Two Rooms

Skewed Visions Performance Company, Minneapolis
To create “Jasper Johns,” a multidisciplinary performance event incorporating movement, film, and theater inspired by the artwork of American master painter Jasper Johns, and to perform the piece at the Ritz Theatre in northeast Minneapolis

Skylark Opera, Saint Paul
To present a summer festival of American works including Victor Herbert’s operetta Naughty Marietta and four, fully-staged performances of Ned Rorem's opera, Our Town

Summer Arts Safari, East Grand Forks
To sponsor a residency program that will travel to various towns in Minnesota, and work with local students in a process-oriented approach to perform The Velveteen Rabbit and Tom Sawyer

Teatro del Pueblo, Saint Paul
To tour its production of Manzi, the adventures of young Cesar Chavez by renowned
playwright, Jose Cruz Gonzalez

Zeitgeist, Saint Paul
To present Reflections, a concert featuring works by American composers Frederic Rzewski, Terry Riley, and John Cage in the metro area and three greater Minnesota communities; each performance will include a performance/discussion designed to deepen the audience's experience of the works presented

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