National Endowment for the Arts funds several Philadelphia dance companies

At a public panel discussion in Rapid City, South Dakota, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. The awards total $22.543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Of those 863 grants awards, 823 are for projects at not-for-profit organizations that are creating works of art through commissions and artists residencies; engaging the public with works of art through exhibitions, tours, and festivals; furthering lifelong learning in the arts in schools, communities, and at arts organizations; or increasing community livability through the arts.

“Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA,” said agency Chairman Rocco Landesman. “And I’m pleased to see that principle represented through the 823 Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.”

Amongst the Philadelphia dance community recipients were …

Headlong Dance Theater – $10,000
To support the creation and presentation of the Citizens Dance Project, in which Headlong co-directors will work with a team of artists and thinkers to create contemporary dances on non-dancers who live in Philadelphia. The works will be performed in the homes of the non-dancers, which will include a meal prepared by the residents and performers.

Kulu Mele African American Dance Ensemble (aka Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemlbe) – $15,000
To support Dance to the Rhythm of the Drum: A Celebration of African Dance & Drumming. The project will explore the interaction between Afro-Cuban and Guinean dance traditions through workshops led by choreographers Danys Perez (Afro Cuban) and Moustapha Bangoura (Guinean).

Pennsylvania Ballet – $20,000
To support the presentation of Peter Pan, choreographed by Trey McIntyre. The project will include the company’s Accent on Dance outreach and education program.

A complete list of Philadelphia recipients can be found on the Creative Philadelphia blog at

About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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