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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Mayor’s Office Grants

posted by on June 28 at 13:14 PM

It’s not secret that I am sometimes put out with the choices funders and residencies make when doling out awards. So it’s only fair that I praise the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs for announcing their awards to what sound like some promising projects:

Awards include $5,000 to Jennifer Zeyl [of Washington Ensemble Theatre] to direct Hedda: Blah, Blah, Bang, a reconstruction of Hedda Gabler, a classic Henrik Ibsen play;

$8,500 to William Smith to compose, record and present Jazzopera, a lecture-performance combining elements of classical music and jazz;

$2,600 to Elspeth Savani Macdonald to present a concert of original boleros, sambas and folkloric music;

$1,500 to Raymond Houle to present Against the Grain/Men in Dance, a series of performances highlighting the evolution of male dance in contemporary society;

$10,000 to Lucia Neare to present Lullaby Carriage, an outdoor, interdisciplinary “dream-theater” piece;

$9,500 to Haruko Nishimura [of Degenerate Art Ensemble] to create a series of solo dance performances in partnership with dance, theater and music artists.

(I’m a little suspicious of that outdoor “‘dream-theater’ piece,” but I’ll hold my horses until I’ve seen it.)

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Don't let Mayor Nickels say he never gets good Slog.

Posted by Josh Feit | June 28, 2007 1:40 PM

I'm still tired of him.

Posted by monkey | June 28, 2007 1:49 PM

Did the guys from "Awesome" get a grant too?

I'll forgive you for ignoring puppets if you say yes.

Posted by u.s. grant | June 28, 2007 2:34 PM

Aw c'mon guys, it's not like Mayor Gridlock hand-picked these projects; he might perform some sort of prefunctory sign-off on the selections presented to him by A&CA, but I'd be surprised if his involvement in the selection process amounted to anything more than that.

Posted by COMTE | June 28, 2007 2:38 PM

Awesome got 5 Gs for their fall show which will open at PICA September 8th. Aaaaaaaaaand I'm directing that show.

Posted by zeyl | June 28, 2007 2:42 PM

Yay Haruko!!!!!!!!!! Yay WET!

& Do you know if that William Smith is the UW clarinet/Stuart Dempster collaborator guy?

Posted by tamara | June 28, 2007 2:47 PM

Yep, aka Bill Smith, William O. Smith. He played at Stuart's birthday party at Town Hall last year.

Posted by guy with a fake clarinet | June 28, 2007 3:06 PM

Yay that too then.

Posted by tamara | June 28, 2007 4:10 PM

I like the Arch grant at Gasworks.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 28, 2007 4:37 PM

Where can we see the full list of grantees?

Posted by bruno | June 29, 2007 11:28 AM

You may see a full list of 2007 CityArtist grantees on the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Web site

Posted by Lori Patrick | July 3, 2007 2:38 PM

Oops. The Web link in my previous posting was incorrect. An extra character crept in. You can find the full list of 2007 CityArtists here

Posted by Lori Patrick | July 3, 2007 3:36 PM

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