2016-12-30 / Ticket

Bates Dance Festival set to receive $40,000 NEA grant


The Times Record

Among more than $ 30 million in grants approved by National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu for fiscal year 2017 is an Art Works grant of $ 40,000 to the Bates Dance Festival.

The NEA award supports “ Celebrating 35 Years of Evolution, Innovation and Community,” a 2017 project that reflects and builds upon the Bates Dance Festival’s history as a leading center for dance learning, experimentation, development and community building.

The NEA’s Art Works category supports the creation of art; public engagement with diverse art; lifelong learning in the arts; and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as the Bates Dance Festival, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

“We are deeply honored to have received annual support from the NEA for over 25 years,” said Laura Faure, who marks her 30th year as festival director in 2017. “ This recognition and funding is vital to our ability to train dancers, commission new work and present world- class contemporary dance to Maine audiences.”

The festival will celebrate its 35th anniversary, and bid farewell to retiring director Faure, by bringing together more than 80 leading dance figures and emerging artists during summer 2017.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

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