UNCW Office of Cultural Arts Awarded Grants in Support of Artist Residencies and Outreach

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Office of Cultural Arts at University of North Carolina Wilmington has been awarded more than $32,000 in grants to support artist residencies and educational outreach during the 2013-14 season, the university announced today. The grants, awarded by New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and South Arts, provide funding for two specific projects: Fables on Global Warming by Armitage Gone! Dance and Voyeur by Bridgman|Packer

Fables on Global Warming is a new multi-disciplinary work by Tony-nominated choreographer Karole Armitage, in collaboration with composer, lyricist, and singer Corey Dargel, visionary director Doug Fitch and ecologist Dr. John Harte from the University of California, Berkley.

Fall 2013 marks the beginning of Armitage’s world premiere tour. She will conduct a week-long residency at UNCW featuring workshops, panel discussions and classroom visits, and culminating in free school performances and a public evening performance of her newest work on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 in UNCW’s Kenan Auditorium. The residency will be part of eARTh inspired, a semester-long initiative exploring the intersection of art and science and highlighting how artists and scientists can work together to communicate, educate and inspire dialogue about environmental issues. This residency received $15,000 in grant support from the NEFA as part of its National Dance Project, which receives funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support, in the amount of $6,388, has been awarded by South Arts, in partnership with National Endowment for the Arts and North Carolina Arts Council.

NEFA’s National Dance Project is providing an additional $11,500 to support a week-long residency with Bridgman|Packer, a NY-based dance company acclaimed for their innovative integration of choreography and video technology. The residency will include workshops for UNCW students, local dancers and filmmakers, and feature an applied learning component providing theatre and film students hands-on technical experience working alongside the professional artists. Bridgman|Packer’s newest work Voyer, which was inspired by the works of Edward Hopper,will be presented on March 14 and 15, 2014 at UNCW’s Mainstage Theatre.

“We are pleased to have received this generous ongoing support from NEFA and South Arts,” said Courtney Reilly, Assistant Director of Cultural Arts at UNCW.  “Their significant financial commitment is a testament to the quality of our work and to the incredibly talented artists we are working with.”

The UNCW Office of Cultural Arts connects the campus and community through significant and meaningful arts experiences. The Office’s outreach initiatives, which include the UNCW Artist in Residence program and ARTworks educational outreach, engage thousands annually from the campus and community.  Read more at www.uncw.edu/arts.