- Jeanne Claire van Ryzin American-Statesman Staff
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.