The National Endowment for the Arts has just announced that Tacoma’s Broadway Center for the Performing Arts will receive $25,000 to support the American Roots and Jazz series, four Broadway Center shows in 2011. The funding is part of the NEA’s first round of 2011 grants, supporting 1057 non-profit organizations around the country with $26.68 million.
The BCPA’s ‘American Roots and Jazz series’ includes performances from singer Nanci Griffith (January 29), accordionist Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys (February 25), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Trey McIntyre Project: Ma Maison (April 8), and jazz singer Jane Monheit (April 23).
“This funding is the largest grant from the NEA in the Broadway Center’s 26-year history,” said Broadway Center Deputy Executive Director Benjii Bittle. “‘American Roots and Jazz’ will help us bring attention to artists and art forms seldom seen here.” Bittle explained that the series fills gaps in jazz and roots music left by the departed Wintergrass festival and lack of local jazz programming. “We’re grateful to the NEA for their validation of the importance of this programming and adult education work,” he said.
The programs also include audience outreach such as a free public dance workshop and pre-concert dialogue.
An independent agency of the federal government established by Congress in 1965, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion in grants to advance artistic excellence, creativity and innovation to benefit individuals and communities.
More information about Broadway Center programming can be found at 253-591-5894 or www.broadwaycenter.org