BC receives NEA grant for community outreach

BC receives NEA grant for community outreach

Mon Feb 11, 2013
community outreach
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman recently announced that Brazosport College is one of 153 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant. The southern Brazoria County college is recommended for a $10,000 grant in support of its upcoming Lila Downs concert.

The grant will be used to help reach new concert audiences through Downs’ show on April 2, 2013 at The Clarion at Brazosport College. Downs’ original music is based on traditional Mexican Folk styles with a blend of jazz, blues, soul, African root and even klezmer music. She has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, including receiving Latin Grammies in 2004 and 2012.

“The Clarion at Brazosport College was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Grant to provide outreach programming to the Hispanic community,” said Clarion Administrator Vorin Dornan. “The funds will be used to support the Lila Downs public concert and outreach activities.”

Downs’ music has also been featured in various motion pictures, including “Tortilla Soup,” “Real Women Have Curves,” The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” and “Fados.” She became the first Mexican to perform during an Academy Awards telecast when her song “Burn it Blue” was nominated for an Oscar.

In this FY 2013 funding round, the NEA received 393 eligible Challenge America Fast-Track applications, requesting a total of $3,930,000. The NEA will award 153 Challenge America Fast-Track grants totaling $1.53 million awarded to organizations in 41 states, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These include 49 first-time Arts Endowment grantees. The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

"The NEA was founded on the principle that the arts belong to all the people of the United States," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "We're proud that Challenge America Fast-Track grants bring more opportunities for arts engagement to underserved communities."

See the complete listing of projects recommended for Challenge America Fast-Track grant support atwww.arts.gov. To learn more about Lila Downs, visit www.liladowns.com.

To purchase tickets to the April 2 show, call (979) 230-3321 or visit clarion.brazosport.edu.