Austin Theatre for Youth received an enormous show of support in the form of a
$50,000 challenge grant from the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation. The
local theatre company, which produces plays for pre-school-age and school-age
audiences, is only just about to start its second season -- it opens The
Christmas Schooner December 7 -- so it hasn't established the track record that
generally helps arts organizations win contributions of this size. While the
Rapoports are quoted by the foundation as believing ATY is "an outstanding
organization dedicated to expanding the dramatic and literary horizons of young
people" -- a judgment with which we agree -- it's worth noting the Burnt
Orange Connection here: Mr. Rapoport is the chair of the UT Board of Regents,
and the ATY Board Fundraising Chair is Isabella Cunningham, who's married to UT
Chancellor William Cunningham. For more info about ATY, call 459-7144.
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 Gospel
Austin 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
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