WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Country Playhouse will receive a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.
Westport Country Playhouse is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant announced from NEA Chair Joan Shigekawa, according to a press release. The Playhouse is recommended for a $30,000 grant to support its community engagement initiative, Threads of Time, Fabric of History: Intimate Apparel in Context, which will run concurrently with the Playhouse production of Lynn Nottage's play, Intimate Apparel, in October, according to the release.
It is the fifth consecutive year that the Playhouse has undertaken an enhanced programming initiative surrounding one of its productions. To date, the initiative has involved nearly 50 different community partners, according to the release. This years community partners include Norwalk Community College, TEAM Westport, Westport Historical Society, and Sacred Heart University, among others.
We like to produce 'theater worth talking about' because, to me, a play or a musical is the first gesture in a conversation between playwright, performer, and audience, said Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director. It's not an end in itself, but a beginning. Thanks to this generous grant from the NEA, our audiences will get to experience and enjoy a special enhancement, a deepening of their 'conversation' with our production of Intimate Apparel, a play that not only moves all who see it but also opens up new ways of thinking about history, race, relationships.
The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million, according to the release.
"The NEA is pleased to announce that Westport Country Playhouse is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant," said Shigekawa. "These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation's artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape."
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