On the Funding Front
Women & Their Work has been given $30,000 from the Meadows Foundation to replenish its operating cash reserve. In the fall W&TW newsletter, Board President Connie Arismendi is quoted as saying, "Support from private foundations like the Meadows, corporations, and individuals is essential to the survival of nonprofit art organizations because of the drastic cuts in federal and state support for art," after which the uncredited author of the item reminds us that Texas, despite being the second largest state and having the third largest population of artists in the Union, ranks 53rd among the U.S. states and protectorates in per capita funding for the arts. That's after Guam and the Marianas Islands. Ouch! Like we needed reminding! Somebody call the Lege! For more info on W&TW, call 477-1064.
Roy Lozano's Ballet Folklórico de Texas has an official sponsor for its 1996 Winter Tour. Southwestern Bell is providing support for the 13-year-old dance troupe as it performs four dates around town this month and next month. Two performances have already taken place, but fans can still see the annual Children's Recital December 7, 3pm, at Bowie High and the performance at the Trail of Lights in Zilker Park December 13, 7pm. For more info, call 928-1111.
Sharing the Opera GospelAustin Lyric Opera wants everyone to enjoy their chosen artform. They've formed a new social group, La Noche de Opera, to help share the joy of opera with more folks in the Hispanic community. Before every Saturday performance in the season, the group gathers for a reception where they can meet ALO General Director Joseph McClain and singers from the operas. ALO is also having one show in each season production audio-described by Austin Access Arts, an organization providing narrated descriptions to audience members with visual impairments. For The Magic Flute, AAA will provide audio descriptions Monday, November 25, 7pm. For more opera info, call 472-5927; for AAA info, call 499-0255.
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