Austin arts groups net M-AAA grants

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 8, 2013

Austin arts organizations garnered five out of seven Texas grants recently awarded by Mid-America Arts Alliance.

M-AAA granted a total of $83,400 to Texas organizations under its Artistic Innovations program, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Grants were awarded to the following Austin artists and arts organizations:

— Forklift Danceworks, for “PowerUP,” a grand dance spectacle featuring 50 Austin Energy linemen as the performers, with an original score by Graham Reynolds performed by a live orchestra.

— Jason Neulander, for “The Intergalactic Nemesis – Book Three: Twin Infinity,” the final installment of The Intergalactic Nemesis trilogy.

— Olivia Chacon for “Búsquedas: The Search” a new work of original flamenco music and dance by A’lante Flamenco Dance Ensemble, based on the work of Kahlil Gibran.

— Ana Maria Maynard for “When Nature Sings,” a workshop and presentation as part of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center’s Taino Project at Pedernales Falls State Park.

— VSA Texas for “Body Shift,” a mixed-ability dance community of people with and without disabilities.

Houston’s DiverseWorks and Huntsville’s Bridge Club Collective also netted M-AAA grants.

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