The latest list of federal grants to the “National Endowment for the Arts” promote programs many taxpayers are unaware of, all in the name of art.
$15,000 – For public bus stop ads, posters and a billboard in Los Angeles, “addressing the issue of gender-stereotyping.” The campaign will address “fantasies and realities of gender polarization in local and mass media” and hopes to “open new avenues of thought and stimulate dialogue on new gendered relationships.”
$20,000 – To a theater company in Los Angeles for a play about immigration, which will present a “contemporized look at the borders.” “Created as a response to the current immigration challenges in the United States, it will incorporate the themes of immigrants’ rights and class struggle.”
$15,000 – To a theater company in St. Paul, MN for a program called “Speaking Out: Our Immigration Journey Through Puppetry.”
$20,000 – To a San Francisco Mime Troupe for their musical “Freedomland,” a story about the grandson of an ex-Black Panther who returns from fighting in Afghanistan to find “another war zone at home” where young Black men “are in the crosshairs!”
$40,000 – For a project in Seattle with a “multicultural team of professional teaching artists with social justice backgrounds” for a residency program on racial equity.
$10,000 – for the National Queer Arts Festival featuring LGBT artists in San Francisco.
$20,000 – For a mentorship program for “emerging writers” in an LGBT senior center in Beverly Hills
$10,000 – A play in Pasadena, CA about a Chinese take-out restaurant that challenges “typical gender, age and ethnic constructs.”
$10,000 – LGBT Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans
$20,000 – For a play about “rape culture”
$10,000 – to a theater company in Maryland for a “feminist take on the Cinderella fable.”
$25,000 – LGBT book club for teens in New York City.
$50,000 – To the New Jersey State Museum Foundation for a traveling exhibit that will “examine themes and concepts related to politics, gender, home, memory, and immigration.”
$30,000 – Folk art museum in Long Island to make artwork “related to the legacy of women” out of tin siding, plywood, house paint, and branches.
$100,000 – to build a 20-acre “food hub and cultural gathering space” in Phoenix.
$10,000 – To a traveling bicycle theater group in Santa Rosa, CA that gives “Story Time For Adults”.
$10,000 – To a theater in New York for an anti-gun play.
$40,000 – To Rosie O’Donnell’s theater company for an after-school musical theater for kids.
$25,000 – For a family puppet festival in Los Angeles to promote “cross-cultural understanding.”
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