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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
2012 ARTS IN MEDIA GRANTS

Acadiana Arts Council, Inc.
Lafayette, LA $20,000
To support the production of a television series intended for national broadcast. Named for the 12-year-old radio program, "Louisiana Crossroads," the television series will feature the indigenous music and cultural influences of southwest Louisiana. The six, one-hour programs include concert footage, interviews, and images that convey the nature of the people and place.

American Documentary, Inc. (aka P.O.V.)
Brooklyn, NY $100,000
To support the selection, acquisition, packaging, and promotion of films for broadcast on the public television series P.O.V. (Point of View). As the longest-running PBS series devoted exclusively to independent, nonfiction film, P.O.V. brings documentary artworks to national audiences. An additional 20-50 million people access the series through online partnerships, community outreach, education activities, field work, and national media campaigns.

American Institute of Graphic Arts
New York, NY $100,000
To support a series of educational videos about accomplished designers. Created in honor of the centennial year of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the series, 100 Years of Design, will feature 52 short video portraits reflecting the evolution of American culture over the last century. The videos will be distributed online and as podcasts.

API Arts and Outreach, Inc.
New York, NY $25,000
To support research and pre-production costs for "Manga High," a documentary film about youth participating in the Comic Book Project. Founded by Michael Bitz, a professor of education at Columbia University, the Comic Book Project teaches students to express themselves through graphic storytelling. Research and pre-production activities will include creating a website.

Appalshop, Inc.
Whitesburg, KY $75,000
To support the "Thousand Kites" radio series and web platform for The Prison Poetry Workshop. Each one-hour radio program will focus on poetry composed by prisoners in jails across the country and will feature interviews, commentary, workshop recordings, and readings. Once completed, the radio series will be broadcast on approximately 80 stations.

Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ $50,000
To support the creation and presentation of an interactive performance and art work installation. The project is being developed at the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering at Arizona State University and is led by artist Grisha Coleman with a team of artists and media and technology developers. The 75-minute work, "ActionStation #2-The Desert," will go on a three-year tour with five locations per year that may include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit and the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Art 21, Inc.
New York, NY $100,000
To support the seventh season of the public television series "Art21--Art in the Twenty-First Century." Through four, one-hour programs, the series will introduce a broad audience to diverse contemporary visual art and artists. The series will include an interactive website. Also, episodes will be streamed at PBS.org as well as on other online platforms. More than 350 public screenings are planned at museums, libraries, and other venues.

Arts Engine, Inc. (aka Media That Matters Film Festival)
New York, NY $10,000
To support the Media That Matters Film Festival and outreach campaign. The 12th film festival will premiere in New York City and feature 12 short films, curated from a selection of 500 entries. The festival will travel to approximately 80 communities across the United States. After its initial New York screening, the films with accompanying materials will be available online for free and for purchase as a DVD.

Auricle Communications (aka Free Music Archive)
Jersey City, NJ $75,000
To support the Re:Mix Media Project, a new series of programs planned by the Free Music Archive that aims to engage audiences in the appreciation, discussion, and creation of music and arts in the digital environment. Three programs will use the Free Music Archive's interactive platform to create multimedia arts works and/or provide access to those art works.

Bay Area Video Coalition, Inc.
San Francisco, CA $100,000
To support the Factory Hybrid Filmmaking Project, a pilot program for young filmmakers. The project will test strategies to develop, distribute, and engage audiences for filmmakers who are producing traditional digital and web-native short films. Also, filmmakers will learn to reach traditional audiences via film festival screenings, conferences, and through television broadcasts as well as reaching audiences across social networks.

Center for Asian American Media
San Francisco, CA $75,000
To support the project, Memories to "Light: Asian American Home Movies." The Center for Asian American Media will request home movie footage from the Asian American community and create an interactive website and curate national touring exhibitions from the collected footage.Thematic programming will engage issues of immigration, assimilation, and personal journeys.

Center for Independent Documentary, Inc. (aka True Support for True Films)
Sharon, MA $20,000
To support the second phase of the interactive website, Our Mother Tongues, and its related community outreach activities. The website will expand to include thematic modules, podcasts, story circles, video updates of the documentary film "We Still Live Here," and additional educational materials.

Cincinnati Opera Association
Cincinnati, OH $30,000
To support the production of a documentary film by Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, chronicling the creation of an American work of opera. The Opera Fusion: New Works program offers an environment where a composer/librettist team can focus on their new work using resources from Cincinnati Opera and students from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. The film is intended for national broadcasting and film screenings.

Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, IL $50,000
To support Expanded Artists' Books: Envisioning the Future of the Book. The Center for the Book and Paper Arts working with the Arts and Media Department will develop an app to create virtual artists' books to be experienced via mobile devices and tablets.The apps will explore mechanisms for manipulation, interactivity, and feedback via features such as location monitoring.

Craft in America, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA $75,000
To support the development and launch of short videos featuring craft artists on the Craft in America YouTube Channel. The videos, one to be uploaded every week, will feature artists from across the United States working in metal, glass, fiber, ceramics, and wood. A database searchable by craft, artist, and medium will also be created along with educator guides.

Digital Innovations Group Inc. (aka Weblab)
New York, NY $50,000
To support research, development, production, and post-production for the fourth episode in the six-part series, "To Tell the Truth." That episode, "Seeing is Believing: Observational Cinema Strikes Back (1948-68)" will focus on the post-WWII documentary boom, the birth of "observational cinema," and its influence on early television. The complete series will offer a comprehensive history of documentary film, with each episode covering a different era. "To Tell the Truth" is intended for national broadcast on PBS.

Electronic Arts Intermix, Inc.
New York, NY $50,000
To support the Digital Resources Initiative, a two-part project. The Educational Streaming Initiative will make the collection of more than 3,500 media art works by videomakers such as Nam June Paik and Woody Vasulka available through a subscription-based service. The Digital Resources Initiative will provide online access to a repository of artist information.

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc.
Waltham, MA $20,000
To support a national engagement initiative for the release of the feature length documentary "Joe Papp in Five Acts." Engagement plans will include a website, social media tools, and an education initiative designed to reinvigorate a nationwide discussion about the value of the arts in everyday life.

Flea Theater, Inc.
New York, NY $100,000
To support the production of a new play using interactive technology. The project, entitled Virtual Theater Collaborative, will apply video game technology to professional theater productions to create a new medium for the performing arts. The project will allow audiences to experience the play differently with options of participating in the story as any of the characters, as production personnel, or from a traditional vantage point in front of the action.

Free History Project
Berkeley, CA $20,000
To support production and post-production costs for "The Imagination of Jeremy Blake," an experimental non-fiction film about the young New York artist. Blake's "time-based paintings" that combine handmade art, photographs, film clips, sound effects, and pop imagery brought him fame in the late 1990s. It is intended for national broadcast on PBS as well as distribution in theaters and classrooms.

From the Top, Inc.
Boston, MA $30,000
To support the production of the public radio series "From the Top." The weekly, hour-long radio program features performances by young classical musicians ages eight to 18. "From the Top" is distributed by National Public Radio to 226 stations nationwide and reaches a weekly audience of 600,000.

Games for Change
New York, NY $75,000
To support the development, production, and hosting for a game for Facebook based on the book "Half the Sky" by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. "Half the Sky," the book, documents the true stories of women around the world who ultimately overcome tremendous obstacles. In the game, players will be responsible for the safety and well-being of their own village by focusing on economic factors, physical security, health, and education.

Global Lives Project Inc
Mountain View, CA $40,000
To support the development and national distribution of an interactive web platform and video installation of the Global Lives Project. The project is a volunteer-driven, artist collective that videotapes 24 continuous hours in the lives of individuals around the world. The web platform will allow visitors to view footage and interact with the content. The traveling installation consists of 10 screens accompanied by a touchscreen tablet that enables attendees to synchronize images from the footage.

Global Village Media, Inc. (aka formerly ICP)
New York, NY $50,000
To support production and post-production costs for a filmed version of Liz Lerman's 50-minute dance, "A Matter of Origins." Lerman's dance is inspired by physics and combines art and science with HD technology to tell the true story of Edith Warner hosting Manhattan Project scientists at her desert tea house. Once completed, the film will air as part of the PBS ARTS block of programming.

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, Inc
San Francisco, CA $100,000
To support the development and implementation of a series of data-driven art works intended for the public. The National Data Canvas Project will produce interactive, visualized displays created from, and responsive to, digital information. There will be a national tour and within each city, data-sets that relate to location will be visualized and made into art that directly connects with the local public.

Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc. (aka WETA)
Arlington, VA $50,000
To support WETA's production of a series of arts news reports. A dedicated Arts Unit will produce as many as 15 in-depth arts segments as part of the public television program, PBS NewsHour. The series website offers a blog along with extensive online daily print and video coverage.

Hutchins Consort
Encinitas, CA $10,000
To support research and development costs for a documentary film about Carleen Hutchins, a scientist who created a new set of eight violins in the 1960s. The instruments, variations on the violin itself, were an innovation in both the scientific and music communities. The film will explore this topic as well as the challenges Hutchins faced as a woman in the scientific community.

Independent Production Fund, Inc.
New York, NY $30,000
To support the research, development, and partial production for a public television program and related multi-media activities. The Art Instinct: Science and Sight will examine recent discoveries revealing how the biology of human visual perception interacts with creativity in the creation and perception of visual art. In addition to the television program, the project will include an interactive website, social media, mobile applications for phones and tablets, and a civic engagement campaign.

Independent Television Service, Inc.
San Francisco, CA $50,000
To support the selection, acquisition, and packaging of films for the public television series Independent Lens. This weekly PBS series provides the public with access to innovative, dramatic, animated, and documentary works by independent filmmakers. In addition to broadcast, films are offered online through Hulu, Snag Films, and YouTube along with streaming on Independent Lens's website.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inc.
Becket, MA $65,000
To support the expansion of Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive. The online video exhibit currently gives access to more than 100 dance performances drawn from the Jacob's Pillow archive. Other project activities include developing an interactive dance company guessing game and creating a mobile version for smartphones and tablets.

Kings Majestic Corporation (aka 651 ARTS)
Brooklyn, NY $50,000
To support the research, development, and production costs of FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance, a documentary by filmmaker Alla Kovgan. The subjects of the feature-length film will be the veteran Black female dancers and choreographers Bebe Miller, Germaine Acogny, Dianne McIntyre, Jawole Zollar, and Carmen de Lavallade. Also, the structure of the project will allow short film portraits to be distributed individually or together on different platforms such as broadcast, film screenings, DVDs, iTunes and video-on-demand.

L.A. Theatre Works
Venice, CA $20,000
To support the production and distribution of The Play's the Thing, a radio theater series intended for broadcast on satellite and public radio stations nationwide. The 52-week series will include new radio plays as well as selections from L.A. Theatre Works' extensive audio drama collection. In addition to broadcast, programs are made available through Internet streaming, podcasts, and on HD radio.

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Inc.
New York, NY $40,000
To support Culturehub, an incubator for creativity focused on the intersection of art and technology. Founded in 2009, Culturehub is an immersive video-conferencing system that provides interactive experiences allowing participants in one place to create work with collaborators at another site. This material will be live-streamed online and archived on the Culturehub website.

Latino Public Broadcasting
Burbank, CA $20,000
To support post-production costs for Mariachi High, an hour-long documentary about a year in the life of students in the top-ranked Mariachi ensemble in South Texas. The film will examine growing up Mexican American and the positive influence playing Mariachi music has on these students. Once completed, Mariachi High will be offered to PBS for national broadcast and screened at festivals, high schools, and community organizations.

Let's Breakthrough, Inc.
New York, NY $75,000
To support the development of an interactive video game for social change. The video game will use various art forms and pop culture conventions (animations, music, documentary videos, graphic art) to engage general audiences with a particular focus on youth in a creative exploration of democracy, diversity, and social change. The game will be playable both online and as a mobile app.

Living Archives, Inc.
New York, NY $20,000
To support production and post-production costs for Dad Strangelove, a personal documentary by Nile Southern about his father, the author and screenwriter Terry Southern. Southern's influence on art and culture can be seen in films such as Easy Rider, Dr. Strangelove, and A Clockwork Orange, and with the novels Candy and The Magic Christian. It is intended for national broadcast, exhibition at film festivals, and classroom use.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Los Angeles, CA $30,000
To support production and post-production costs for LA Phil Live. There will be three, two-hour programs produced. Each LA Phil Live broadcast also features behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage, a post-concert question-and-answer session with music director Gustavo Dudamel, and interviews with LA Philharmonic musicians and guest artists.

MacDowell Colony, Inc.
Peterborough, NH $40,000
To support the creation and launch of MacDowell To Go (Mac2Go), an interactive web platform and mobile application. Mac2Go will connect audiences across the United States to artists in the MacDowell studios and serve as a resource for arts presenters and public art sites. The Mac2Go website and app will have four sections; an interactive map, featured artist tab, artist blog, and a mission and history section.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation, Inc. (aka MASS MoCA)
North Adams, MA $10,000
To support production and post -production for Work in Progress, a series of short documentaries featuring selected projects from Mass MoCA's visual and performing arts residency program. The documentary will include interviews with artists and show the works of art in various stages of progress and completion. Each documentary will be available for free on the Mass MoCA website as well as on Vimeo and YouTube.

Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc. (aka The Metropolitan Opera)
New York, NY $50,000
To support production and post-production costs associated with the national telecasts of Great Performances at the Met. Captured in high-definition video, the productions will be broadcast on 360 PBS stations. The 2012-13 series will present as many as 12 telecasts of fully-staged operas.

Minnesota Public Radio, Inc. (aka Minnesota Public Radio|American Public Media)
St. Paul, MN $20,000
To support the production, acquisition, and national radio broadcast of classical music programming. In 2012-13, the programs such as Performance Today, SymphonyCast, and Pipedreams will reach a cumulative audience of as many as two million listeners each week. Other programs include live radio specials featuring a partnership between American Public Media, WQXR (New York) and Carnegie Hall.

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3 Comments

  • Hosea | June 16, 2012 11:58 AMReply

    pls can u people explain the meaning of new media is al about?

  • Hosea | June 16, 2012 11:55 AMReply

    while i do appreciate
    4 the coment of new media,journalit can get information very fast without cause of time an harm.we are stil expect more of it,enable us enjoy the divided of new technology.

  • Michael | June 6, 2012 12:13 PMReply

    I think the new media has changed out communication forever. But as we also see in this case if it is only good that it brings I do not know for sure. Also after reading this article on Computer Stories http://computerstories.net/the-rise-of-the-new-media/ I saw some good and bad things on the new media. I think we are just starting to realize and see the effects of it.