The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded 21 new Millennium Project grants totaling $4.8 million. Eleven of the 1997 grants--which range from $30,000 to $375,000--went to New York organizations, including the Public Library for the Performing Arts and The Public Theater.
The grants are designed to showcase America's artistic creativity and achievements of this century and preserve the nation's cultural legacy into the next century.
The Public Library for the Performing Arts received $300,000 to digitize American performing arts materials dating from 1875 to 1925, making them accessible to the World Wide Web.
The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival garnered $250,000 for a three-tiered multi-year program simultaneously celebrating achievements of 20th century classic theatre and exploring development of an American aesthetic for Shakespeare and the classics. The project features two colloquiums on the relevance of contemporary classic theatre--the first scheduled for September at the Public--and a comprehensive documentary film on producing classic theatre.
The American Ballet Theatre/Ballet Theatre Foundation, Inc. received $250,000 for the "Masterworks of 20th Century American Choreography" festival and national tour from 1998 to 2003. The project will celebrate both the millennium and ABT's 60th anniversary through reconstruction, documentation, and nationwide touring of great American ballets.
Jose Limon Dance Foundation was awarded $175,000 to preserve and perform modern dance masterworks of the 20th century, and the creation of a young choreographers' laboratory, the American Choreogaphers Initiative, that will create dances.
Other New York groups benefitting from the grants include: Boys Choir of Harlem ($200,000), Chamber Music America ($300,000), Downtown Community Television Center ($250,000), Museum of Modern Art ($275,000), New York Foundation for the Arts/Art 21, Inc. ($300,000), Whitney Museum of American Art ($275,000), and WNET/Educational Broadcasting Corp.