The Washington Times - September 24, 2009, 09:40AM

Our crowd sourcing efforts prompted Water Cooler reader “Christie” to send us grant information on those sixty artists who attended the May 12 White House briefing.



John Malpede, Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD)

2009 Grants

Los Angeles, CA


To support the creation and premiere of the new work The History of Incarceration. The production will be directed by John Malpede and developed through a community process involving public conversation events and research.

Los Angeles Poverty Department (aka LAPD) (Consortium)

Los Angeles, CA


To support the development and production of Let’s Go, with accompanying outreach activities. Artistic Director John Malpede and Associate Director Henriette Brouwers will partner with Social Model Recovery Systems, Inc. to lead theater workshops resulting in an ensemble performance piece.

2008 Grant

Los Angeles Poverty Department (aka LAPD) (Consortium)
Los Angeles, CA


To support a series of workshops leading to a community performance with residents of the Daybreak Program. Director John Malpede and associate director Henriette Brouwers will partner with the Ocean Park Community Center to lead free workshops in theater improvisation, writing, and movement. 


Meghan McDermott, Executive Director, Global Action Project

Global Action Project, Inc.

New York, NY

To support the Urban Voices Media Arts Program. Professional media artists will work with underserved youth in digital media production to create group and individual media arts projects.

2009 Grants






Alyce Myatt, Executive Director, Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media

Film/Television/Radio and New Media: FY 2008 Grants Panelists 

Access To Artistic Excellence, Panel A

November 14-15, 2007

Alyce Myatt
Managing Director
Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media
Baltimore, MD

Access To Artistic Excellence, Panel B

November 14-15, 2007

Alyce Myatt
Managing Director
Grantmakers in Film and Electronic Media
Baltimore, MD


Anne Pasternak, President & Artistic Director, Creative Time


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Direct Grants through the NEA 2009

Creative Time, Inc.

New York, NY



Additonal NEA grant awarded 2009:

Creative Time, Inc. (aka Creative Time)

New York, NY


To support a public art exhibition, The Creative Time Quadrennial: Art on Governor’s Island. The project will feature site-specific works by artists to re-interpret and reclaim the New York City landmark known as Governor’s Island.

Grant in 2006:

In 2008:

In 2002:

1994 grant (subscription only)


Clyde Valentin, Executive Director, Hip-Hop Theater Festival

Rec. grant award 2009

Hip Hop Theater Festival

Brooklyn, NY


To support hip-hop dance festivals in New York City and Washington, DC. The festivals will feature works based in dance, musical theater, theater, and staged readings of works-in-progress.

And in 2008…

And in 2006…


Arnold Aprill, Founding and Creative Director, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE)

rec. grant award in 2009

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (aka CAPE)

Chicago, IL


CATEGORY: Learning in the Arts   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Learning in the Arts

To support the Arts Education Program Design Seminar. Partnering arts organizations and schools will connect professional artists with public school students and their teachers to study artworks, develop skills to critique artworks, and produce and critique their own work in the context of the public school curriculum.


John Cary, Executive Director, Public Architecture

rec. grant in 2009

Public Design Studio (aka Public Architecture) (Consortium)

San Francisco, CA


To support The 1% Design Ambassadors program. In partnership with the Taproot Foundation, Public Architecture will create a network of ambassadors trained to promote the power of architecture and to encourage firms to provide pro bono design services to nonprofit organizations.


Alli Chagi-Starr, Community Partnerships & Events Manager, Green For All

Did not find grant award, but found article “Will the NEA Fund Green Arts Projects?” stating that VAN JONES was founder of Green For All. 

Green For All also applied for application for Challenge Grants Through the Recovery Act:


Dudley Cocke, Artistic Director, Roadside Theater, Appalshop

rec. TWO grant awards 2009

Appalshop, Inc.

Whitesburg, KY


CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Media Arts

To support the Appalachian Media Institute. The program consists of the Summer Documentary Institute and the Advanced Fellows Program.


Appalshop, Inc. (aka WMMT-FM) (on behalf of Roadside Theater)

Whitesburg, KY


CATEGORY: Access to Artistic Excellence   FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater

To support the development of an archive to preserve and document the history of Roadside Theater. The project will allow the theater to begin digitizing and archiving a large collection of materials related to the development of new American plays for diverse audiences.


Maria Lopez De Leon, Executive Director, The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture

rec. grant award 2009

National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (aka NALAC)

San Antonio, TX


To support NALAC’s Leadership Institute and the Seventh National Conference, which will offer Latino cultural organizations opportunities for organizational and professional development.


James Bau Graves, Executive Director, Old Town School of Folk Music

Rec. grant award in 2009

Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc. (Consortium)

Chicago, IL


To support the Cultural Heritage Project. In partnership with the Kalaoriya Foundation, the project will strengthen relationships with immigrant communities to better preserve and present their artistic traditions.


Kim Hastreiter, Editor, Publisher and Co-founder of PAPER Publishing Co.




Gayle Isa, Executive Director, Asian Arts Initiative

Rec. grant award 2009

Asian Arts Initiative

Philadelphia, PA



James Kass, Founder & Executive Director, Youth Speaks Inc.

Rec, grant award 2009

Youth Speaks, Inc. (Consortium)

San Francisco, CA


To support the 12th annual Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival in Chicago. In partnership with Young Chicago Authors,  festival programming will include performances, workshops, training for artists and educators, and community programs.


Joe Lambert, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Digital Storytelling

Rec Grant 2006 

Alternate ROOTS, Inc. (Consortium)

Atlanta, GA


To support a consortium project for the 30th Annual Meeting. The Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, California, will provide training for conference participants in the techniques of documenting artists’ work through digital video.

Publisher: The Heartland Institute


Liz Lerman, Founding Artistic Director, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

rec award 2009 and 2005

Dance Exchange, Inc. (aka Liz Lerman Dance Exchange)

Takoma Park, MD


To support the creation and presentation of Original Tea, an interactive installation choreographed by Artistic Director Liz Lerman. The work will combine dance, media, and conversation.


Rick Lowe, Artist, Founder, Project Row Houses

rec grant award 2009

Project Row Houses (aka PRH)

Houston, TX


To support a residency program for artists to undertake projects in Houston’s Third Ward. The project’s three components are installation opportunities for artists in shotgun-style row houses, a summer studio program for students, and the participation of artists in a public art program.