After joining the Center for Contemporary Opera as Director of Artistic Development in 2015, one of my first assignments was applying for a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, or N.E.A. for one of CCO's Fall productions: A Louis Andriessen double bill of Odysseus' Women and Anais Nin. We are happy to announce that we have been awarded the grant, which as I wrote about in this article in The Huffington Post last year, is an important honor for any company. Below is the press release from Center for Contemporary Opera:
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement are Art Works awards of $14,000 to the Center for Contemporary Opera
The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.
This grant will specifically support our October 2016 production of two works by the esteemed Dutch composer Louis Andriessen; Anais Nin and Odysseus’ Women conducted by Neal Goren and directed by Jorinde Keesmat.
We are very appreciative to the National Endowment of the Arts for their generous support.