DATE: November 27, 2012 CONTACT: Mollie McFarland
Oakland— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that AXIS Dance Company is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. AXIS Dance Company is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support AXIS education and outreach program Dance Access & Dance Access/KIDS!
AXIS plans to provide an unparalleled physically integrated dance education program that focuses on youth, adults, and pre-professionals. Our programs are ongoing at home in the Bay Area, but are also a big draw nationally for presenters who want to reach deeper into their communities in new and innovative ways. Our education programs comprise about 50% of our organization activities. We have become the #1 resource for physically integrated dance in the US. In addition to providing direct dance education programming to students, AXIS is one of few organizations in the US that educates about inclusion of people with disabilities in the arts through presentations, lecture demonstrations and performances. During the project period the following activities will take place.
"I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including AXIS Dance Company," said Chairman Landesman. "These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs."
"This year AXIS celebrates it's 25th anniversary. We have some very exciting opportunities in store for people of all ages and abilities to experience AXIS powerful dance form - both as an audience member and as a participant. We are truly grateful for the support from the NEA. Grants like these are critical to the work we do at AXIS; it allows us to inspire dancers and non-dancers worldwide, challenging their ideas of who can dance and what dance is." - Annika Presley, Education Director
In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.