'Kuntz and Company' Receives $10,000 NEA Grant
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu recently announced that Kuntz and Company is one of only 163 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America grant. Kuntz and Company is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support three dance residencies by artists from different cultures. Artists under consideration include choreographer Etienne Cakpo from Benin, West Africa; artist Silvio Aleixo Dos Reis who specializes in capoeira, a Brazilian art form; and a company devoted to Bhangra, a dance tradition from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "I'm pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Challenge America including the award to Kuntz and Company. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.” On receiving the grant Pam Kuntz, artistic director of Kuntz and Company said, “Receiving this grant is an incredible honor and great opportunity. We are excited to share these dance traditions with our community here in Whatcom County.” With another $10,000 in matching contributions these residencies promise to be rich experiences for many. At this time, partners in the grant include Carl Cozier Elementary, the Whatcom Family and Community Network, Allied Arts, the College of Fine and Performing Arts at WWU, Sterling Meadows, and several individuals.
The Challenge America category supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The NEA received 347 eligible Challenge America applications and will award 163 grants for a total of $1.63 million.
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Challenge America support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov. Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.
For more information about “Bringing World Dance Traditions to Whatcom County” contact Pam at email@example.com or 360-510-4711. Specific dates, locations, and artists will be announced in early February.