NEW YORK, NY — National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $12,000 to Ardea Arts to support the summer and fall programming and performances of BOUNCE The Basketball Opera. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category.
“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as Ardea Arts are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”
Grethe Barrett Holby, Artistic and Executive Director of Ardea Arts, had this to add: “We are so deeply grateful for the National Endowment for the Arts’ continued support of BOUNCE The Basketball Opera with another grant. This grant will help us to hold our inaugural summer and fall BOUNCE NYC Courts Tour, and assists with the cost of the premiere of BOUNCE this September. We thank the NEA for supporting such a pivotal piece for our time today, bringing the integral message of BOUNCE directly to audiences and communities around the five boroughs.”
BOUNCE is a groundbreaking new American work that melds genres and defies stereotypes, embracing the full palette of contemporary American music. It tells this story with the hard-hitting sounds of modern hip-hop, R&B, jazz, gospel, and classical vocal technique, melding with the squeak of sneakers across the court, and the percussive beat of the basketball. Performed on an actual basketball court, BOUNCE features local basketball players playing side-by-side with professional actors, singers, rappers, game commentators, and guest artists. BOUNCE also rocks the rim with extraordinary community engagement programs to attract diverse, new audiences of all ages.
For more information about BOUNCE, event dates, and tickets, please visit bouncethebasketballopera.org. For additional details on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.