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Opera For The Young Receives NEA Art Works Grant To Support A Multi-State School Tour Of A New Production Of Cendrillon By Composer Jules Massenet.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 25, 2012

Opera For The Young Receives NEA Art Works Grant To Support A Multi-State School Tour Of A New Production Of Cendrillon By Composer Jules Massenet.

Grant part of NEA announcement of 788 Art Works grants and $24.81 million in funding nationwide

Madison, WI -  National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Opera for the Young is one of 788 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Opera for the Young is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support a multi-state school tour of a new production of Cendrillon by composer Jules Massenet. The 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

Opera for the Young’s (OFY) new production of Massenet’s Cendrillon (Cinderella) will be an introduction to opera for more than 80,000 elementary school children throughout the upper Midwest. OFY productions are designed to showcase opera’s musical storytelling in a way that is accessible and appealing to young audience members. Each performance will feature professionally designed sets, costumes, and props, as well as professional musicians who are joined on stage by children from the host school who will appear as the featured chorus and in secondary acting roles. OFY’s adaptation of Cinderella will bring Massenet’s opera alive for young children through a compelling story, sparkling music, as well as the active participation of children.

Chairman Landesman said, “The arts should be a part of everyday life. Whether it’s seeing a performance, visiting a gallery, participating in an art class, or simply taking a walk around a neighborhood enhanced by public art, these grants are ensuring that across the nation, the public is able to experience how art works.”

Opera for the Young Artistic Director Diane Garton Edie said, “Cinderella fits well into Opera for the Young’s repertoire and furthers its mission to ignite enthusiasm for opera by making artistically excellent productions accessible and engaging. This regional tour will demonstrate Opera for the Young’s mission and method to their fullest extent: excellent music-making, vivid production values and rich student involvement in an accessible, in-school performance format.  Effective and affecting musical-storytelling is Opera for the Young’s goal, and this Cinderella will be an ideal vehicle.  We are honored that the NEA has selected our work for this recognition.”

The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications under the Art Works category for this round of funding, requesting more than $78 million in funding. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.


About Opera for the Young:
Opera for the Young, Inc. is a leading provider of arts-in education services in the Midwest, as well as a pre-eminent producer of opera for children in the United States. Each year OFtY brings opera to more than 80,000 children. Opera for the Young’s award winning programming focuses on arts education (educating children about the value and beauty of the arts) and also arts-in-education (using the arts as a springboard to teach other core curriculum subjects).

Founded in 1970, Opera for the Young’s mission is to: Ignite enthusiasm for opera.

The organization’s artistic vision, in support of that mission: 

  • To engage and educate people about opera
  • To enhance and preserve accessibility of the art form
  • To grow the profession through opportunities for emerging artists
  • To foster the creation of new operatic work expressly intended for young audiences

Since its founding Opera for the Young has performed to more than 2 million children throughout the Midwest and it is the only opera company in the United States, funded by the National Endowment of the Arts that deals strictly with educational outreach and opera for children.


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To help bring a performance of Opera for the Young's Cinderella to a school in your area, or for information about sponsoring a touring performer for a season, please contact:


OFtY offices: 608.277.9560
www.operafortheyoung.org

 

UPDATE: 8/27/15

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