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Broadway Center wins $15,000 NEA grant for diversity in presentations

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Jan. 13, 2010 at 9:55 am |
January 13, 2010 2:29 pm
The Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, appearing January 29, is one of five Broadway Center shows supported by a recent NEA grant. Photo courtesy BCPA.
The Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble, appearing January 29, is one of five Broadway Center shows supported by a recent NEA grant. Photo courtesy BCPA.

Tacoma’s Broadway Center for Performing Arts is just one of two Washington presenting organizations to win a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in its 2010 Access to Artistic Excellence program, it announced today. The grant was awarded in recognition of the BCPA’s 2010 program of high-quality, community-driven and diverse arts presentations.

Specifically, the NEA money will fund five upcoming shows that were chosen in response to recent dialogues between the BCPA and various local community segments such as the African American and GLBT communities. The five shows are: Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble (Jan. 29), Soul Street Dance Co. (Feb. 12), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Mar. 26), On Ensemble (May 28) and the Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses (June 20, in conjunction with Pride events.)

“The NEA is supporting five top caliber programs that our diverse audience said they wanted to see on stage in Tacoma,” said BCPA deputy executive director Benjii Bittle.

The federal funds will pay for approximately 25 per cent of these artists’ fees, said the BCPA press release. The other NEA grant recipient was presenter One Reel, in Seattle. For tickets and more information on BCPA programs, call 253-591-5894 or visit www.broadwaycenter.org

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