State arts groups, artists and composers get NEA grants totaling $190,435


November 14, 1993|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Maryland artists and composers, arts groups and a regional arts agency recently received a total of $190,435 from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This latest round of grants from the federal arts agency covered programs and artists working in the areas of dance, design arts, folk arts, literature, media arts, music, theater and visual arts. The NEA also awarded funds to non-profit arts groups involved in presenting and commissioning the arts, to programs in museum training and to fellowships in arts administration.

A list of local awards follows:

* Baltimore visual artist Sukey Bryan received a $20,000 fellowship.

* William Kleinsasser, a professor in the music department at Towson State University, received $10,500 to support his composition of two concertos: One for saxophone, mixed chamber ensemble and electronics, and one for violin and cello, chamber orchestra and electronics.

* David Froom, chair of the music department at St. Mary's College of Maryland, received $8,000 to support his composition of a solo piano work.

* Laura Larco-Gentile of Columbia and Denise Dabney of Laurel each received arts administration fellowships of $5,500.

* The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in Baltimore received two grants: $77,635 to help regional dance presenters with the fees of touring artists and $25,100 to support the design of a regional folk-arts program.

* The Chinese Culture and Community Service Center in Bethesda received $20,000 to support a program to train young people in the singing, dramatic skills and history of Peking opera.

* Cambodian-American Heritage Inc. in Fort Washington received $18,200 to support a series of weekly classes in Cambodian classical and folk music and in dance.

These Maryland grants were among 424 grants totaling $9.8 million that the agency awarded during its fourth quarter of fiscal year 1993.


"Masterpieces Unseen, Masters Unknown: Ethiopia in the History Art," a lecture by Dr. Gary Vikan, medieval curator and assistant director of curatorial affairs at the Walters Art Gallery, has been rescheduled for 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the gallery. For details, call (410) 547-9000, Ext. 237 or 300.


Artists working in all media are invited to submit slides and prints of their work to show in a new art gallery at Nirvana, 1727 N. Charles St. The gallery will open in April. For details, call (410) 685-9428.


The Baltimore Dance Line, a free news and information service, provides a comprehensive listing of dance performances as well as updates on news that effect dance locally and nationally. The phone number is (410) 830-3309.

Produced by the department of dance at Towson State University, the phone line also has voice mail.


Auditions for F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theatre's production of "Mame" are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 28 and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 29 at the theater, 100 E. Chesapeake Ave., Towson. The production, directed by James Paul Handakas, will run Jan. 28 to April 3. For details, call (410) 321-6595.

Auditions for "The Sounds of Christmas," a holiday musical review at the Limelight Dinner Theatre, are scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 5625 O'Donnell St. Actors must be able to sing and dance. For details, call (410) 633-6795.

Act Two Dinner Theatre will hold auditions for its production of "Steel Magnolias" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the theater, 8014 Pulaski Highway. The production, directed by Mitch Nathan, calls for six women ages 20 through 60. For details, call (410) 686-1126.

The Jewish Community Center's Prime Time Players will hold auditions for the variety show "New Faces of 1994" from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Straus Auditorium of the Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave. Singers, dancers, comics and other performers are sought. Call (410) 356-5200, Ext. 323.

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