CSU, Chico News

Chico Performances Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Dance Chico! Event

Date: 01-15-2015

Daran Goodsell
Chico Performance | Dance Chico!
530-898-6785 | dlgoodsell@csuchico.edu

Stephen Cummins, director of University Public Events/Chico Performances at CSU, Chico, announced today that Chico Performances has received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help support Dance Chico!

The NEA grant will help fund Chico Performances’ Dance Chico!, a week of events focused on dance, scheduled for March 22–28, 2015. Included are performances at CSU, Chico’s Laxson Auditorium of Amy Seiwert’s “Imagery,” The Joe Goode Performance Group and a “Spotlight Performance” featuring local dance companies, as well as showings of Bob Fosse’s “All That Jazz” at the Pageant Theatre and a free “Broadway Boogie” in downtown Chico.

Cummins says the NEA grant was crucial to Dance Chico!

“The monetary support from the NEA will help us realize our goals to engage new dance audiences, introduce our community to world-class choreographers and celebrate the art form that is dance,” he said.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "I'm pleased to be able to share the news of our support of the award to the Dance Chico! project. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives."

When asked the reason for focusing an entire week of events on celebrating dance, Cummins replied, “For me, dance is the most beautiful art form and, at times, the most fragile. More than any other, dance requires care and space and purpose for hosting. With Dance Chico!, we are building that hosting space.”

Chico Performances’ Dance Chico! is one of 919 nationwide nonprofit arts projects to receive funding through an Art Works grant. The NEA received 1,474 applications for Art Works funding and awarded a limited number of organizations a total of $26.6 million.

Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts.

For complete details on the Dance Chico! events, visit www.dancechico.com. For a listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

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