CCO Receives NEA Grants

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement are Art Works awards of $14,000 to the Center for Contemporary Opera and $10,000 in support of a collaboration between Brevard Music Center’s Janiec Opera Company and the Center for Contemporary Opera.

The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

This first grant will specifically support our October 2016 production of two works by the esteemed Dutch composer Louis Andriessen; Anais Nin and Odysseus’ Women conducted by Neal Goren and directed by Jorinde Keesmat.

The second grant was awarded to Brevard Music Center for the premiere of Falling Angel by composer J. Mark Scearce and librettist Lucy Thurber. Supported by a commission funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the co-production between Brevard’s Janiec Opera Company and the Center for Contemporary Opera will be the first collaboration by the two organizations. Students of the summer institute and festival will have the opportunity to work alongside professional creative and performing artists for the production.

We are very appreciative to the National Endowment of the Arts for their generous support.

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