The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts announced awards Dec. 4 totaling nearly $400,000, including grants of $25,000 each to 11 artists, and $59,500 awarded and distributed to 30 arts organizations.
Founded in 1963 by painter Jasper Johns and avant-garde composer John Cage, the grants go to "outstanding or unusually promising artists and arts organizations who create, present, or support imaginative work." Except for the biennial John Cage Award for Music (this year's $50,000 goes to composer Gordon Mumma), grants are annually given in five categories: dance, music, theater/performance art, poetry, and the visual arts.
In the Theater/Performance Art category, this year's grant recipients are Richard Maxwell—whose "Boxing 2000" garnered raves last season—and Bill Shannon, a.k.a. CrutchMaster, whose disability-based movement technique has been critically acclaimed.
Artists are vetted through a two-stage process. First, in early spring, requests are sent to a pool of distinguished artists and arts professionals, asking them to propose up to three individuals for award consideration. Following the submission of written materials and work samples, the foundation's directors review nominees.
Grants to arts organizations range from $1,000 to $5,000. This year's recipients include Bang on a Can, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, Home for Contemporary Theatre & Art (HERE), The Joyce Theater Foundation, The Kitchen, New Dance Alliance, Performance Space 122, Signature Theatre Company, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.