Frank Erwin Center
"...by Rebecca Levy "I think you make art be- cause you can't not make it," says Sandra Greagor, Director of the Texas Fine Arts Association (TFAA). "I don't have that compulsion." Needless to say, she's never dreamed of becoming an artist..."
"...Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, idly wondered whether the money should go for films that might portray Texas in a bad light. (Does he mean everyone-is-a-homicidal-nutter, Texas Chainsaw Massacre-style bad light or flat-out-unfunny, Man of the House-style bad light?) Then Ogden raised the controversy around Andres Serrano's famous Piss Christ (but seemed leery of naming it out loud) and the National Endowment for the Arts' right to not fund what it doesn't like. Just to show how in-touch the committee may be culturally: Sen..."
"...Keeping art alive takes cash. Since its founding in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts has supplied money to artists and organizations all over the U.S., the Texan art scene prominent among them..."
"...Titans of entertainment turned authors? Check. Along with "He Blinded Me With Science" icon Thomas Dolby (The Speed of Sound), there's actress and former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts Jane Alexander (Wild Things, Wild Places); Parks & Recreation star Nick Offerman (Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at the Offerman Workshop); singer Kelly Clarkson (River Rose and the Magical Lullaby); actress Maria Semple (Today Will Be Different); Orange Is the New Black's Diane Guerrero (In the Country We Love: My Family Divided)...."
"...When Mayor Steve Adler announced his Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus Resolution, you could smell smoke from a wildfire. When musicians and artists told the Arts and Music commissions about the crises Austin creatives are facing, you could feel the flames..."
"...The history of Austin Studios has been one of a shifting footprint, swapping parts of their original west end with the Mueller development for the old National Guard Armory on the Eastside. Now with the armory in their inventory, Austin Film Society is looking for anchor tenants to build up a new community...."
"...The sister city programs between Austin and Saltillo were being initiated and politicians on both sides of the border were supportive of her requests. It was also the time of el movimiento, consciousness-moving, awakening the spirits of many carnales, stirring their hearts..."
"...But the facts are there for anyone to see: Just a few years ago, Conspirare began to garner serious national attention, receiving Chorus America's prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and being one of just seven choruses in the country chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts to host a choral festival as part of its American Masterpieces initiative. Then, last year, the ensemble's second CD, Requiem, snagged a pair of Grammy nominations – and it was the only American choir in the Choral Performance category that year..."
"...Debutantes & Vagabonds, one of Austin's newest theatre companies, made a theatrical splash with its very first effort when its full-length play Hubris won the 2007 HBMG Foundation ArtSpark Festival. Composed of Artistic Director Amanda Lee Garfield and Managing Director Francisco Rodriguez, D&V focused on producing its own original work until Rodriguez found that school was interfering with his writing process..."
"...This new cash will allow them to do the same for the armory. It's well short of the $16 million that the studio originally calculated they needed to get everything done, but it definitely starts the process...."
"...He's written it with a propulsion on the page which makes it work like a political thriller. I was overwhelmed by what LBJ was able to accomplish in a single year: the passage of the Civil Rights Act and laying the groundwork for the Voting Rights Act as well as the 60 education bills he passed and Great Society initiatives like the war on poverty, Medicare, Medicaid, national parks and environmental protections, the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, PBS, Head Start, and the list goes on and on..."
"...Violinist Charly has synesthesia, the perceptual condition in which some sensory impressions are associated with colors. As she explained it to an interviewer with the National Endowment for the Arts: "Color for me is an involuntary sense..."
"...25, 8:30pm. This week, Donley heads to Washington, D.C., to perform at a ceremony for the National Endowment for the Arts, awarding him a Heritage Fellowship...."
"...Books about drifters, mechanics, carpenters, men wanting women, and people who don't talk different just because they're characters speaking in a work of literature. He had received a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award, and was a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist for The Magic of Blood, a book of short stories..."
"...In arts circles, 1995 may be best remembered as the year Congress gutted the National Endowment for the Arts and left a littered landscape of angry debate over public funding and freedom of expression; a year of intolerance and rhetoric on the political front and a year of decreased funding from foundations and individuals on the private side...."
"...The 21st century has yet to prove itself a golden age for the arts. Securing support from public and private sources is every bit the struggle it's always been, artists are still undervalued in both the social and economic spheres, and arts education is more absent than present in the schools, despite mounting evidence of its positive effects on overall learning..."
"...• Two Austin visual-arts projects won grants this year from the Idea Fund, a program in which Houston arts organizations Aurora Picture Show, DiverseWorks ArtSpace, and Project Row Houses take funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and reallocate it to artists or artist groups across Texas. Panelists Bill Arning (director, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston), Kate Lorenz (executive director, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago), and Andrea Mellard (assistant curator, Austin Museum of Art) combed through some 200 applications before settling on this year's 10 grantees, each of whom will receive $4,000 to create a project in 2011 ($3,500 for the project and the rest for seed money to develop future work)..."
"...The National Endowment for the Arts has made its annual impersonation of St. Nick and dropped some federal funding into the stockings of five area arts groups..."
"...receives a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and gives a performance of the Bible's Song of Solomon as the audience slowly disrobes him. A conservative politician, Thurm Pooley, uses Kerr's federally funded biblical blasphemy as a tool in a successful run for the Senate, and Kerr attempts revenge by kidnapping the senator's dog, Lucky, a Chesapeake Bay retriever with an affinity for photo ops, and filming the whole thing as a documentary...."
"...Denby Swanson. The local playwright who's also artistic director of Austin Script Works and a Chronicle contributor was one of 11 dramatists from across the country selected for the 2007 National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights, which connects writers with host theatres to develop new work and get involved in the theatre's artistic life and community activities..."