On the Funding Front
Grants in their stockings
By Robert Faires, Fri., Jan. 14, 2011
Boozefox (Drew Liverman, Jules Buck Jones, Michael Phalan, Scott Eastwood), for Battleship Earth, an iceberglike sculpture/watercraft that will be "driven" around Lady Bird Lake, and
Andy Rihn, for Texas' Longest Hammer Choir, a short film recording 500 people hitting hammers together across abandoned railroad tracks, with the filmmakers, soundtrack musicians, and propulsionists in a custom-made railroad cart. Also, UT alumnus
Buster Graybill, who created the award-winning 2009 Texas Biennial hit Bait Box, won a grant for The Progeny of Tush Hog (see right), a follow-up to the project he developed during his 2010 residency at San Antonio's Artpace focused on a form of sculpture/hog feeder that he imagines as living creatures, adapting and mutating in the wild, much like feral hogs. For more information, visit www.theideafund.org.
• Nine area arts groups will receive 2011 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to the previously reported $20,000 for the Vortex Repertory Company to support its production of the new musical Sarah Silver Hands, the following organizations received funding:
Austin Film Society: $30,000 to support the presentation of nine curated film series, including contemporary documentaries; films by directors Agnès Varda, Jacques Demy, Derek Jarman, Peter Greenaway, and Ken Russell; and films from Japan and Hong Kong;
Badgerdog Literary Publishing: $20,000 to support the publication, promotion, and distribution of the quarterly journal American Short Fiction;
Ballet Austin: $20,000 to support the creation and presentation of a new full-length ballet based on Mozart's The Magic Flute, choreographed by Artistic Director Stephen Mills;
Blue Lapis Light: $10,000 to support the creation and presentation of Devotion, a site-specific aerial dance performance over the Colorado River, with dancers performing on the river bank and suspended above the water;
Great Promise: $10,000 to support the American Indian Heritage Festival and Powwow;
Mexic-Arte Museum: $20,000 to support the exhibition "Young Latino Artists 16," to be curated by Alex Freeman of Artpace in San Antonio;
Tapestry Dance Company: $10,000 to support the 11th annual Soul to Sole Tap Festival, with guest artists Jason Samuel-Smith, Jason Janas, Brenda Bufalino, Barbara Phillips, and Linda Sohl-Ellison; and
Zach Theatre: $35,000 to support the second fully staged production of The Book of Grace by playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.