• HCOA receives $10,000 NEA grant to support Quixotic performance in 2013
Watch for big events in the year ahead at Homer Council on the Arts and the Bunnell Street Gallery, thanks to two large grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Of the five NEA grants awarded in Alaska, Homer was the recipient of two of them – no small nod of approval from the nation’s premier endowment fund.
“This is a first for HCOA” director Gail Edgerly said. “This is huge. This really puts us on the map for NEA.”
HCOA and Bunnell each will receive $10,000 for two separate projects.
HCOA’s grant will support a weeklong visit to Homer in October 2013 by Quixotic, a performance troupe whose associate artistic director is Homer native, Mica Thomas. This famous ensemble includes artists from various disciplines including aerial acrobatics, dance, music, and special visual effects.
“We are so excited to receive this grant from NEA,” Edgerly said. “Bringing a company of performers like Quixotic to a small town is an exciting challenge, and the NEA grant is a big help as we raise funds to produce not only Quixotic’s stunning performances, but a week of evening workshops and school assemblies as well.”
At Bunnell, the $10,000 NEA grant will go toward further growing its celebrated Artist in Residence Program, which has attracted well-known artists on both a national and state level.
“Bunnell is pleased to have this endorsement of our growing Artist in Residence Program. Sparked by US Artists with support from Rasmuson Foundation and sustained with support from Homer Foundation and the Center for Alaska Coastal Studies, Bunnell’s AIR program is three years old,” said Bunnell’s Artistic Director Asia Freeman.
To date, Bunnell has hosted four national and one Alaskan artist. The grant nurtures “the young program and enlivens our community with a few more artists residencies this year as we strive to grow a more vibrant forum within which artists may create new work that defines and advances contemporary culture for Alaskan audiences,” Freeman said.
Bunnell’s Alaskan Artist-in-Residence program is a year-round residency program that nurtures the creation of new American artwork and community vibrancy for an under-served, geographically isolated population in the Lower Kenai Peninsula. The program supports national artists to create new work in the inspiring environs of coastal Homer.
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