Eight North Texas arts groups from major establishments like the Dallas Opera to tiny outfits like Documentary Arts are beneficiaries of this month’s announcement of National Endowment for the Arts grants. Totaling $225,000, the money will help fund new works about the African diaspora at the South Dallas Cultural Center, Big Thought’s middle-school arts program in poetry writing and presentation (called DaVerse — which includes hip-hop poet-performer Will Power) and new plays in Kitchen Dog Theater’s New Works Festival 2014. The largest grant went to the Amon Carter Museum — the only art museum in the area to receive a grant.
In alphabetical order, the grantees are:
- Amon Carter Museum of American Art — $70,000 to support the exhibition, George Caleb Bingham and the River, co-organized with the St. Louis Art Museum.
- Big Thought — $25,000 to support DaVerse, which is a year-long, bi-weekly, middle school program in poetry writing and presentation.
- City of Dallas South Dallas Cultural Center — $15,000 to support the Disapora Performing Arts Commissioning Project.
- Dallas Black Dance Theatre — $20,000 to commission and present new dance works by choreographers Christopher Huggins and Chris Vo.
- Dallas Opera — $30,000 to support the commission, development and premiere of the opera, Great Scott, by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Terrence McNally. A co-production with the San Diego Opera, it will be directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien.
- Documentary Arts — to support the development of the Masters of Traditional Arts Interactive Website, featuring photographs, films, videos, sound recordings and texts about the NEA National Heritage Fellows
- Fort Worth Opera — $15,,000 to support a new production of With Blood, With Ink, by composer Daniel Crozier and librettist Peter Krash about the 17th-century Mexican nun, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.
- Kitchen Dog Theatre — $10,000 to support the development and production of new plays in the New Works Festival 2014.