National Endowment for the Arts gives Vail International Dance Festival $10,000
VAIL — On Thursday, Dec. 10, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that a $10,000 Art Works award will be granted to the Vail International Dance Festival for “public engagement with diverse and excellent art.” The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.
The grant will support the Vail International Dance Festival’s community programs, including Dance for $20.16, Village Vignettes, Dancing in the Streets, Dancing in the Park, free tickets for children younger than 12, $10 student tickets, Celebrate the Beat performance at International Evenings of Dance and an affordable master class series.
“We are so proud to be recognized by the national endowment for the arts for our work bringing dance and the arts into the community,” said Damian Woetzel, artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival. “Through our programs, we work to engage people on every level, going beyond the traditional stage performances and building participation and creativity in the community in ways only the arts can.”
About NEA Awards
For its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, the NEA awards will total more than $27.6 million. In its first 50 years, the NEA awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so.
“The arts are part of our everyday lives — no matter who you are or where you live,” said Jane Chu, NEA chairperson. “They have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from the Vail International Dance Festival offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”
The Vail International Dance Festival will celebrate its 28th season July 30 through Aug. 14. The festival combines world-class performances, free community outreach events and education programs with valuable, in-depth public examination of the history and current status of performing arts through the UpClose rehearsal-style performance series. Tickets will go on sale in March, and performances take place at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.
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