Dance festival earns federal grant for 2017 |

Dance festival earns federal grant for 2017

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VAIL — National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the agency’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to support community programming for the 2017 Vail Dance Festival. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent 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 Vail Dance Festival, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” Chu said. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

Free programming

The National Endowment for the Arts grant will support community programming for the 2017 Vail Dance Festival. A range of free programming will include: Celebrate the Beat Pop Hop Camp, a week-long summer camp offered for free to students in third to eighth grades; Urban Dance Challenge, bringing together street dance artists for a now-annual competition performance; the town of Avon Dancing in the Park series; and Dancing in the Streets, in which visiting artists and companies perform and the teach the public in the town of Vail.

A master class series taught by many of the performing artists at the festival will also be offered as an educational opportunity to advanced students. The Vail Dance Festival Scholar-In-Residence program, heading into its fourth year, will also be an important program for the 2017 season. The annual mixed bill, Dance for $20.17, will again be offered with specially-priced $20.17 reserved seating.

“We are grateful to receive the continued support of the National Endowment for the Arts for the Vail Dance Festival,” Artistic Director Damian Woetzel said. “The important work done over the past years by the (National Endowment for the Arts) around the country has been invaluable in creating thriving and vibrant communities through arts and culture, and we are proud to partner in these efforts.”

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