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Wednesday, December 18, 2002 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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29 arts organizations in state win grants from NEA

Seattle Times music critic

The National Endowment for the Arts made public today its first round of grants for fiscal year 2003, awarding almost $26 million across the country — $697,500 of it to 29 Washington state arts groups.

The awards will fund 860 projects nationwide in the categories of Creativity, Organizational Capacity and Leadership Initiative, as well as 48 Literature Fellowships.

The Washington state winners:

911 Media Arts Center, $17,500 for the artists-in-residence program; A Contemporary Theatre Inc., $18,000 for the world premiere of a Craig Lucas play; Artist Trust, $15,000 for the Information Services resource program; Cinema Seattle, $10,000 for the eighth annual Women in Cinema Film Festival; Copper Canyon Press, $65,000 supporting publication/distribution of poetry books in translation; David Gravender of Seattle, $20,000 creative-writing fellowship (poetry).

Henry Gallery, $25,000 for artists' residencies/commissions; Intiman Theatre, $30,000 for a "Twelfth Night" production; Jack Straw Memorial Foundation, $30,000 for audio art residencies; Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association of Omak, $20,000 for the 2003 Master Basketweavers Gathering; Northwest Film Forum, $10,000 for independent filmmakers.

Northwest Folklife Festival, $30,000 for a Maritime Cultures project; Northwest Puppet Center (Carter Family Puppet Theater), $12,000 for a production of "The Sneeze of Hercules"; Thomas M. O'Connor of Port Townsend, $20,000 literature fellowship for a translation of a collection of 15 Chinese poets.

On the Boards, $15,000 for the New Performance Series and Northwest New Works Festival; Pacific Northwest Ballet, $45,000 for a new production of "Swan Lake"; Pat Graney Company, $10,000 for a new work, "The Vivian Girls"; Peace for the Streets by Kids From the Streets, $25,000 for a public art project, "Transitions."

Pilchuck Glass School, $25,000 for a summer artists residency program; Seattle Arts and Lectures, $10,000 for a series of readings and lectures in Portland and Seattle; Seattle Chamber Players, $10,000 for a new theatrical chamber work by composer Paul Dresher; Seattle Children's Theatre, $35,000 for a new work, "Go Dog Go"; Seattle Opera, $50,000 for a new production of "Mourning Becomes Electra"; Seattle Repertory Theatre, $45,000 for a new production of "Mrs. Warren's Profession."

Seattle Symphony Orchestra, $65,000 to support "Then and Now," a performance project, and a festival, "The World Looks West"; Tears of Joy Theatre, $12,000 for a new puppet play, "The Anansi Stories"; Unidentified Moving Objects Inc., $8,000 for a new theater work, "Fatal Peril"; Velocity Dance Center, $10,000 toward a national dance touring alliance; Village Theatre, $10,000 for a musical theater development program, Village Originals.

Melinda Bargreen: mbargreen@seattletimes.com

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