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November 17, 2011

DANCECleveland Receives $25,000 NEA Grant

DANCECleveland receives $25,000 NEA grant to support presentations of Pinto and Pollak and Ballet Memphis

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman today announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. DANCECleveland is one of the grantees and will receive $25,000 to support upcoming performances. The 863 grant awards total $22.543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

DANCECleveland will receive $25,000 to support presentations of Israeli dance company Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak on January 28 and January 29 and Ballet Memphis on March 10 and March 11, 2012. Funding from the NEA allows DANCECleveland to expand our engagement of these two companies to include matinee performances and extensive educational offerings. Area dancers will have access to free master classes and residency activities during which company members work with local dancers.

"Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA," said agency Chairman Rocco Landesman. "And I'm pleased to see that principle represented through the 823 Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities."

DANCECleveland Executive Director Pamela Young said, "Support from the National Endowment for the Arts enables us to continue presenting world-class modern and contemporary dance in Northeast Ohio."

In March 2011, the NEA received 1,686 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $84 million in funding. The resulting funding rate of 49 percent of eligible applications reflects both the significant demand for support and the ongoing vitality of the not-for-profit arts community despite current financial challenges. Art Works grants are awarded based on the applications received by the NEA and how those applications are assessed by the review panels.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov.

DANCECleveland is one of a handful of presenters nationally that are dedicated solely to the presentation of modern dance. The centerpiece of DANCECleveland's programming is its annual performance series that is always surrounded by an array of educational outreach events designed to break artistic boundaries and provide community access to the dance aesthetic and dance luminaries that DANCECleveland brings to northeast Ohio.

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: DANCECleveland educational and outreach programming includes master classes, residency programs, student matinees and pre-performance lectures and post performance question and answer sessions.

Visit www.dancecleveland.org or call 216.991.9000 for more information.
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