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California arts groups will receive more than $4 million in NEA grants

December 8, 2009 |  4:45 pm

Deaf west Arts groups large and small were the recipients of nearly $27 million in grants announced today by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In California, 189 grants totaling $4,295,000 were awarded to major institutions like the Los Angeles Opera (which got $120,000) and smaller ones, like the 18th Street Arts Complex in Santa Monica (which got $25,000).

Other winners included the Hammer Museum, which received $75,000 to support the touring exhibition of "Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980," and the Craft & Folk Art Museum, which won $10,000 to fund a show called "Race, Gender and Globalization."

The Deaf West Theatre Company in North Hollywood was awarded $30,000 to produce a play, Friedrich Dürrenmatt's "The Visit." South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa received $40,000 to help put on its annual Pacific Playwrights Festival.

The Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles received $35,000 to help produce the Lisa Kron play "Five Questions." The theater will co-produce the play in partnership with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which won its own grant from the NEA. The Berkeley Rep was awarded $30,000 to produce "Concerning Strange Devices From the Distant West," a new play by Naomi Iizuka.

Nationwide, the NEA will distribute $26,968,500 to support 1,207 projects. For a state-by-state list of the grants, click here.

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: Shoshannah Stern and Matthew Jaeger star in "Children of a Lesser God" at the Deaf West Theatre in North Hollywood. Credit: Michael Lamont