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NEA grants go to KC arts groups

Updated: 2013-12-14T01:44:08Z


The Kansas City Star

The National Endowment for the Arts announced nationwide grants Friday, including a total of $190,000 for theater companies, dance troupes and galleries in the Kansas City area.

The local recipients:

• The Coterie Theatre: $10,000 for a production of the new play “Afflicted: Daughters of Salem” by Laurie Brooks, depicting the young women whose accusations triggered the 1692 witch trials.

• The Friends of Chamber Music: $10,000 for concerts by early-music ensembles and related educational activities.

• Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, $20,000 to support dance education programs for young people.

• Kansas City Repertory Theatre: $25,000 for a production of the new play “When I Come to Die” by Nathan Louis Jackson. The play depicts a death row inmate who seeks answers after he survives a lethal injection.

• Kansas City Symphony: $15,000 to the Festival of Rhythm, which will include multiple performances at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

• Nelson Gallery Foundation: $90,000 for the traveling exhibition “Calling the Buffalo: Art of the Plains Indians of North America.”

• Unicorn Theatre: $10,000 to support the world premiere of “Grounded” by George Brant, about a fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy changes the course of her career when she is assigned to pilot drones.

• William Jewell College: $10,000 for the Harriman-Jewell Series’ Discovery Concerts, which are free recitals by emerging artists.

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