Fayetteville Theater and Rogers Choreographer Each Receive $15,000 in Art Grants

TheatreSquared, 477 W. Spring St. in Fayetteville (Todd Gill/Fayetteville Flyer)

A Fayetteville theater company and a Rogers choreographer each received a $15,000 grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

The arts organization announced this week the recipients of its Artistic Innovations Grants program, which awarded a total of $255,418 to 19 artists and bands from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

Fayetteville’s TheaterCarré won its scholarship for the band’s 2023 Arkansas New Play Festival, which will be presented over two weekends at TheatreSquared’s home in Fayetteville and Momentary in Bentonville.

Karen Castlemana Rogers-based choreographer, has won her scholarship for a year-long series of dance performances and outreach events slated for next year at Momentary, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and 21C in Bentonville.

The winners were selected from 110 applications and were evaluated by juries organized by artistic discipline, according to a press release.

“The Arts Innovations Program encourages the spirit of experimentation and exploration, and the 23 year grantees exemplify that spirit,” said Todd Stein, President and CEO of the Mid-America Arts Alliance. . “Artists and arts organizations in our region continue to inspire with the creativity of their projects.

The Artistic Innovations program began in 2012 and has since awarded more than $2.1 million in grants to 170 projects across the region.

The full list of 2023 Artistic Innovations Grant recipients is included below:

Dance projects

Karen Castleman –Rogers, Arkansas, $15,000
Regina Klenjoski Dance Company – Wichita, KS, $15,000
Modern Dance Perpetual Movement – Oklahoma City, OK, $15,000
Allison Orr Dance/Danceworks Forklift – Austin, TX, $15,000

Film and Media Arts Projects

MJ Alexander – Oklahoma City, OK, $15,000
Naima Lowe – Tulsa, OK, $15,000
Steven Snell – Kansas City, Mo., $15,000

Literary projects

Public poetry – Houston, TX, $7,600

Musical projects

Kinetic set – Houston, TX, $8,600
Sonny Mehta/Riyaaz Qawwali – Houston, TX, $15,000

Theatrical projects

Theater half full of glass – Austin, TX, $15,000
National Blues Museum – St. Louis, Missouri, $15,000
TheaterCarré – Fayetteville, AR, $15,000

Visual arts projects

Art League Houston – Houston, TX, $15,000
Museum of Modern Art – St. Louis, Missouri, $15,000
LUX Center for the Arts – Lincoln, NS, $6,000
Robert M. Merryman Center for the Performing Arts – Kearney, NS, $11,218
Erika Nelson – Lucas, KS, $12,000
The Union for Contemporary Art – Omaha, NS, $15,000


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