A summer dance camp for inner city children and a Baltimore-based program to build non-profit jazz venues in mid-Atlantic states have won $201,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts, the federal agency announced today.
The grants are part of a new NEA effort to support art projects in culturally isolated communities ranging from inner city neighborhoods to remote rural areas. Grants totaling $6.2 million were awarded.
The Maryland State Arts Council applied for the grant to expand the scope and duration of the camp run by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at Morgan State University. Held for the first time last June, the two-week program served 31 disadvantaged Baltimore children who were considered at risk academically. The middle school students received instruction in dance, creative dramatics and social skills.
The NEA's two-year, $66,000 matching grant will enable the camp to admit up to 100 children and operate up to six weeks, says Ann McIntosh, executive director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Foundation of Maryland. The foundation was established to raise money for the internationally acclaimed dance company's three-year residency. Its annual budget is $500,000; about 45 percent is privately funded.
The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Inc., a Baltimore-based regional arts organization, will use its $135,000 grant to help build a multi-state network of non-profit festivals and arts organizations, such as Maryland Art Place and BAUhouse, which can present jazz regularly. This venture also received $50,000 from the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Foundation, according to Michael Braun, executive director of Mid-Atlantic.
The Mid-Atlantic Foundation serves art programs in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia and the Virgin Islands. It has an annual budget of $1.3 million.