The National Endowment of the Arts has awarded $320,000 in grants to 19 Georgia arts organizations, 17 of them in Atlanta. The recipients span music, theater, dance, opera and the visual arts. Yvonne Woon of Decatur, author of young adult novels, scored a creative writing fellowship. Woon tweeted about her fellowship. “It feels like magic,” she wrote. “I didn’t pick up the call [because] I assumed it was spam.”
True Colors Theatre will use its $50,000 grant to support the second year of The Drinking Gourd: Black Writers at Work, a program that focuses resources on the development and production of work by Black playwrights.
Atlanta Opera plans to use its $15,000 toward the production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, which will premiere in April. Full Radius Dance will use its award money to create a work exploring the fantasy novels Alice in Wonderland, Peter and Wendy and The Wizard of Oz through a disability-centric lens. It’s the first NEA grant the company has received.
Jennifer D. Dobbs, executive director of the ArtsBridge Foundation, has applied for an NEA grant every year for the last four years and is “ecstatic” her work has finally paid off. It’s the first NEA grant the organization has received during her tenure.
Here’s a list in alphabetical order:
ArtsBridge Foundation ($15,000)
AthFest Athens ($25,000)
Atlanta BeltLine Partnership ($10,000)
Atlanta Opera ($15,000)
Dashboard US ($15,000)
Flying Carpet Theatre ($10,000)
Full Radius Dance ($15,000)
Horizon Theatre ($20,000)
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta ($10,000)