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Present Music Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Present Music is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.

By - Apr 16th, 2014 12:37 pm

Milwaukee, WI— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Present Music is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Present Music is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support Home Place.

For this community inspired event, Milwaukee Opera Theatre (MOT) will reunite with Present Music (PM) for an exploration of home and place. Music from Shelter, a collaborative piece by composers David Lang, Julia Wolfe, and Michael Gordon, and librettist Deborah Artman, investigate the various meanings and connotations of the word Shelter, from basic protection from the elements to the building of an American home. This piece will be accompanied by a film by Bill Morrison. In line with the theme of home and place, PM and MOT will perform Passacaglia by Caroline Shaw and Language from Christopher Cerrone’s Invisible Cities.

NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, “The NEA is pleased to announce that Present Music is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation’s artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape.”

Artistic director Kevin Stalheim says “Home can be where the heart is, but what happens if your home is destroyed, or if you are a traveler?  The composers and artists for our event will express their visions of home and place through a multitude of local and universal perspectives.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts.  The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

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