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Frank Foster, Percy Heath, and McCoy Tyner Receive NEA American Jazz Masters Fellowships
ART HOPES AND WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND THE COMING YEARAs the close of this year of disaster, devastation, and turmoil approaches, we pause in the traditional season of celebration to look forward -- with good wishes for all of the art community, especially those impacted by the events of September 11, with constructive and optimistic ideas and thoughts about the coming year.
"I wish and hope for artists and the arts community and the world to weather these awful times with strength, grace, and eloquence. I wish for a shift in priorities, and a more central place for art and creativity in all our lives," writes Hope O'Keeffe, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Office of General Counsel.
In this spirit, Arts Wire CURRENT offers holiday greetings from a diverse spectrum of artists and arts organizations -- from Brenda Jew Waters, Publicist for the Gold Country Chamber Orchestra in Sacramento, CA, (whose response included one from her daughter, Renee Waters, a dance performance student at Arizona State University) to Stuart Hodes, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City; from artist/arts management student Kathleen Owczarski in New York City to the Executive Director of the Texas Commission on the Arts, John Paul Batiste. (whose response describes the Commission's work with young people)
"My hope is that the experience of dance in any of its myriad forms and all its life-affirming splendor will bring to more and more people the joyous realization that we all share our humanity, and share life itself with every living creature," says Stuart Hodes.
They - a few new voices to Arts Wire Current as well as a few old friends -- were asked not only to express their hopes and wishes but also to share their current work. Thus the responses also present a broad spectrum of art making and experience -- from web artist Tina LaPorta, who, as do so many of us, wishes for more time in the studio; to composer Herb Bielawa's plea to integrate more contemporary music into the Christmas season; to street artist/art activist Robert Lederman's hope that America's artists will value and protect freedom of expression.
In the tradition of online Forums, the shared art making and visions of those who responded -- holiday wishes from the arts community to the arts community -- are featured in their own words. (in alphabetical order, broken into segments by selected quotations) As is often the case in online forums, not all who were asked responded and thus these hopes and wishes may not reflect all elements of the arts community. Nevertheless, collectively they are an expression of our community's desire for the flowering of art in its myriad forms, for the welfare of artists, writers, dancers, musicians, arts organizations, of all who work in the arts, and of all who support and appreciate the arts.
"Let us all look forward to the New Year as we always have, with joy and hope in our hearts for new and wonderful 'beginnings'. We know that the arts bring inner enrichment to our lives, so we must continue to broaden access to all art forms within the community we serve," writes Kathleen Owczarski, artist and student, Management of the Arts certification program at the New York University.
From and for all of us in the arts community, happy holidays and a good new year! - Judy Malloy, Editor Arts Wire Current
"Everything has its place, including the monumental and sophisticated; but to touch something which has been made with love is, I think, the straight road to blessings" - Richard Bear
"I hope the U.S. Returns to federal support for the arts -- a hundredfold -- while the pioneers of the '60s and '70s and generations are still alive and working" - Linda Frye Burnham
"...The beginning of a new era in which traditional borders and boundaries are challenged - by us, the artists and arts activists..." - Jordan Elgrably, Levantine Cultural Center
"Through the creative process, may all find peace, joy and light." - Karen Fitzgerald
"For the future of the history of art, contemporary art need not fall into the abyss alongside our civil rights and/or be dictated by fear and anxiety however legitimate. There are many ways in which we can understand the severity of september 11 and to alter aspects of our lives accordingly while also keeping our minds moving and open," - Christine Kim
"In the new year, may we all see greater strides toward making our culture more fully accessible for all" - Joel Snyder
"My wish is for a consolidation of efforts, so that we can pool our resources to be even stronger. Get involved in the political process. We can make a difference! - Brenda Jew Waters
RAND STUDY FOCUSES ON BUILDING PARTICIPATION IN THE ARTSAs arts organizations across the country work to increase public participation in their programs, a RAND study sponsored by the Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds looks at the process by which individuals become involved in the arts, and it attempts to identify ways in which arts institutions can most effectively influence this process.
Limited resources and staffs make it important that arts organizations employ participation-building strategies which will be effective, and yet they typically find inadequate guidance, the study observes, noting thatries of complex and differently factored decisions)
To compile the report, in-depth interviews were conducted with the directors of more than 100 institutions which received Wallace-Reader's Digest Funds and/or Knight Foundation grants which encourage greater involvement in the arts. Additionally, site visits were made to 13 arts institutions which have been particularly successful in attracting participants to their programs. Among the organizations which the researchers visited were Ballet, Arizona; California Institute of the Arts; Cleveland Museum of Art; Cornerstone Theater; (Los Angeles) Poet's House; (NY) The Loft; (Minneapolis) University Musical Society; (Ann Arbor, MC) and the Walker Arts Center. (Minneapolis)
Questions asked by the RAND researchers included:
Regrettably, despite talking with 102 organizations, the researchers included little concrete information about their successes and failures in attracting audiences in terms of specific challenging and innovative arts programming, nor does the report detail innovative approaches to community outreach encountered in the interviews and site visits. Moreover, reduced to statistics, the individual voices of these organizations are absent from the report. Indeed, if, as the study's authors suggest, the fact that arts managers generally do not have a research or marketing background, contributes to difficulties in building audience participation, the report itself with its sometimes chilly language and approach ("behavioral levers", for instance) clearly indicates that the active inclusion of art-centered voices in gathering information and in presenting the results of such research studies would enhance their usefulness to the arts community.
Nevertheless, A New Framework for Building Participation in the Arts sets forth a model and guidelines which could potentially help institutions devise participation-building approaches which fit with their overall purpose and mission, with their available resources, and with the community environment in which they operate.
For instance, in identifying strategies for Choosing Target Populations, guidelines include that arts organizations
Under Resources, guidelines include:
Of additional interest is that in its survey, among other community outreach strategies, RAND asked specifically about the degree to which organizations sponsor artists in residence, include artists in outreach activities, work with artists in planning artistic programs, and employ artists to teach classes or hold workshops.
In response, about 75 percent of the surveyed organizations said they used artists "frequently" or "almost always" to teach classes and hold work-shops and to help the organization reach out to the community. In these organizations, artists were provided residencies about 60 percent of the time.
Artists were involved in program planning in less than 50 percent of the surveyed organizations.
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. RAND (a contraction of the term research and development) was created in 1946 by their original client, the U.S. Air Force. (then the Army Air Forces) RAND's early work involved aircraft, rockets, and satellites. Currently, in addition to assisting all branches of the U.S. military community, they also work on social and international issues.
Kevin F. McCarthy, Kimberly J. Jinnett
"Mid-size Performing Arts Organizations Face Financial Stress;
Most Performing Artists Earn Little, are Likely to Have to
Take Jobs Outside Their Profession, Study Finds"
December 21,22,23, 2001
Glendale Community College Theatre, 1500 N. Verdugo Road
The Dance Street Performers:
Directed and choreographed by Erin Holt
"A long time ago, an evil magician created a magic mirror that reduced the goodness and magnified the bad of anyone who saw their reflection in it," the story begins. When this mirror shattered into millions of pieces, they were blown about by the wind -- "creating evil, chaos and havoc in the eyes and hearts of the unsuspecting townsfolk." Tiny silvers of the mirror lodged in the soul of The Snow Queen, creator of winter wind and snow, and dark times followed.
THE SNOW QUEEN evolves around Kai who gives his best friend Gerda, a rose and on Gerda's perilous and magical quest to find Kai after the Snow Queen abducts him to her frozen realm.
When Gerda finally finds Kai "Tears run down Gerda's face and onto Kai's chest, melting the lump of ice in his heart. Kai's own tears wash away the mirror fragment from his eye and he rejoices to see Gerda."
The spell is broken, and on the return of Kai and Gerda to the town, the townsfolk also begin to cry, their tears washing the mirror fragments from their eyes, freeing them of the terrible spell, and setting in motion a joyful dance.
Based in La Canada, California, the Dance Street Performers is a not-for-profit whose mission -- "to improve conditions in the local community and surrounding areas through innovative dance/music/voice productions" -- is accomplished by "creating and performing richly diverse and entertaining productions for audiences ranging from the general public and student bodies in theatre-size venues to scaled-down performances for hospital patients and rest home residents." This is their fourth annual production of the original ballet, The Snow Queen.
Erin Holt is the founder, choreographer and creative director of the Dance Street Performers.
The musical score for The Snow Queen was composed, performed, and recorded by Randall Michael Tobin.
"The Dance Street Performers, Inc. are professional-caliber dancers ranging in age from 12-25. We have a chorus of dancers ranging in age from 3-21. There are approximately 60 young people in this performance, all volunteer, all working to enhance the quality of life in our community and rehabilitate an interest in the Arts. This is a stunning performance, truly inspirational and heartwarming and is a wonderful family event for the Holiday Season. We hope you can make it," says Dance Street Performers Director Lisa Ben Jacob.
For more information, visit http://www.snowqueen.org
through January 6, 2002
Artspace, John Michael Kohler Arts Center
TREASURES: A CELEBRATION OF GIVING
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center invites the community to celebrate the holiday gift-giving season with artist-made gifts. Their thirteenth annual TREASURES exhibition features artist-made treasures from around the country, including:
jewelry by Philadelphia-based Steven Ford and David Forlano (City Zen Cane) whose work, often influenced by Asian textile design, uses an ancient glass technique called caning, whereby a cross-sectional image is built in three dimensions and stretched out to reduce the scale of the original image
a pottery vase, encircled (evoking ancient Greek vases) by black women, wearing flowered and striped dresses, linking arms with each other. By Melissa Green (Deer Isle, Maine)
and SKIPPY, a hanging sculpture (wood, rusted hardware, rope, electrical tape, whistle, lanyard, paint) by William Skrips. (Blairstown, NJ)
"In creating my sculpture, I try to forge a union between the humorous and the dark, which is wholly in line with my own outlook on life," Skrips states.
The other artists whose works of art are included in this year's TREASURES are: Jackie Abrams (VT), David Paul Bacharach, (MD) Talya Baharal, (NY) Chris Baker-Salmon, (NH) Barbara Bayne, (MA) Risa Benson, (PA) Louise Berg, (WI) Alex Brand, (NY) Karren Brito, (OH) Shellie Brooks, (MA) Ellie Burke (WI), Jan Eckardt Butler, (OK) Sandy Byers, (WI) Winthrop Byers, (WI) Barry Carlson, (WI) Jack Charney, (NM) Victoria Christen, (OR) Ann Marie Cianciolo, (WI) Sandra Clark, (IL) Deborah Cross, (CA) Sara Drower, (IL) James Engebretson, (WI) Renee Engebretson, (WI) Daniel Essig, (NC) Stephen Fabrico, (NY) Marsha Fleisher, (NY) Steve Frederick, (NY) Tina Fung Holder, (WI) Nancy Gardner, (IL) Susan Garson, (CO) Elizabeth Garver, (IN) Gene Gnida, (NY) Dari Gordon, (CA), Ann Hall Richards, (MN) Christopher Hentz, (LA) Patrick Horsley, (OR) Ann Irwin, (PA) Joel Jaecks, (WI) Ginger Kelly, (WA) William Lemke, (WI) Marc Levine, (MA) Sonya Mackintosh, (MA) Barbara Minor, (LA) Valerie Mitchell, (CA) Josie Osborne, (WI), Thomas Pakele, (CO) Bruce Pizzichillo, (CA) JoAnna Poehlmann, (WI) Tom Rauschke, (WI) Susan Richter-O'Connell, (WI) Gary Schlappal, (MD) Dee Ann Segula, (MI) Tom Stoenner, (NY) Emma Villedrouin, (DC), Graceann Warn, (MI) and Karren Wiken. (WI)
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1967 for aesthetic and educational purposes. Its mission is "to encourage and support innovative explorations in the arts and to foster an exchange between a national community of artists and a broad public that will help realize the power of the arts to inspire and transform our world. " Artspace, JMKAC's small adjunct site, is located in The Shops at Woodlake in Kohler Village
For more information, visit: http://www.jmkac.org/
NEW YORK CITY, NY
January 26, 2002 (Storm Date Sunday, January 27)
Starts at 7 PM, 638 East 6th Street (between Aves. B & C)
Performance: La Plaza Cultural Garden (9th St. Ave. C - SW corner)
EARTH CELEBRATIONS' VISIONS FOR THE EARTH WINTER PAGEANT
"Theatrical pageants provide an innovative strategy that engage people to work together creatively to design and enact a ceremonial parade and performance to celebrate their local history and culture, address issues, and inspire positive change. Earth Celebrations' pageants highlight the importance of the gardens, parks, and nature in the city, as well as, celebrate community, creativity, and peace, among the diversity of people of New York City. Now, more than ever, the people of New York City are seeking such programs to connect with each other and work together for a hopeful and peaceful future" - Felicia Young, Director, Visions for the Earth Winter Pageant
Earth Celebrations' VISIONS FOR THE EARTH WINTER PAGEANT is a creative community action of hope and peace, celebrating the community spirit of New York City. Hundreds of city gardeners, artists, children, and residents dance through the cold winter streets in the luminous pageant. The parade wraps around Tompkins Square Park with a "galaxy of glowing lanterns, giant illuminated puppets, and spectacular glittering costumes".
Hungry March Band and a dancing bell chorus, lead the parade, into the La Plaza Cultural Garden 9th Street & Avenue C for a Winter Spectacle and Ceremony featuring Tonya Ridgely Butoh Dance performing among the frozen trees and bare bushes; a garden-scape of moving projections and light; original music performed by Kochek Swaminathan; and an aria of hope performed in 15-foot glittering white gown by opera singer Kamala Sankram.
An illuminated Winter Angel by artist Steve Jones will fly into the garden from a five story building. Hot cider and roasted apples will warm the celebration.
The Winter Pageant is a project of Earth Celebrations. Since 1991, Earth Celebrations has been working to preserve the community gardens through innovative educational environmental arts programs, theatrical pageants, performances, and workshops for youth and adults. For details, visit http://www.earthcelebrations.com Volunteers are needed. For more information call 212-777-7969
Funding/Opportunites for OrganizationsNATIONAL DANCE PROJECT PRODUCTION GRANTS - DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2002
Launched in 1996, the National Dance Project, (NDP) supports the production and touring of contemporary dance works in the United States. The project is anchored by a group of performing arts presenter Hub Sites, advised by dance field leaders, and administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts.
NDP production grants provide funding for the creation of dance work. Funds are to support a project's development through the time of its premiere. Awarded to an average of 20 dance projects annually, production grants generally range from $15,000 to $35,000. To date, production and/or touring grants have supported 107 new works by 88 artists and dance companies.
2001-2002 Production Grants, awarded in July 2001 through the NDP's Doris Duke Fund for Dance, included, among many others:
NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH CULTURE NEW PLAY COMMISSIONS IN JEWISH THEATER
The National Foundation for Jewish Culture (NFJC) New Play Commissions in Jewish Theater, supported by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, awards grants of up to $5,000 to non-profit theater companies in North America for the commissioning of new full-length plays dealing substantively with issues of Jewish history, tradition, values or contemporary life.
In eight years of New Play Commissions in Jewish Theater, the NFJC has awarded 57 commissions to more than 35 theaters, and it is now seeking to establish a $2 million Fund for New Play Commissions in Jewish Theater as a component of its Jewish Endowment for the Arts and Humanities.
Recipients of 2001-2002 Season New Play Commissions in Jewish Theater included:
THE MASTER OF PRAYER: THE LIFE AND TALES OF RABBI NACHMAN OF
BRATSLAV - The LITE Company
JERSEY NIGHTS - Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble, Inc.
IN MEMORY'S KITCHEN - RPM Productions
Since 1960, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture (NFJC) has been a leading advocate for Jewish cultural preservation and renewal in America. Founded by the Council of Jewish Federations, the NFJC works with artists, scholars, cultural institutions and community agencies to enhance the quality of Jewish life in America through the arts and humanities.
Among other NFJC programs are the Artist Residencies in Jewish Communities, where local Jewish and cultural institutions work together with an array of artists to explore Jewish identity. Pilot programs in Tucson, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Washington D.C. have drawn thousands of people into universities, day schools, synagogues, JCC's, Federations and other community institutions, where they explored how culture can transcend social, political and religious differences among Jews, as well as between the Jewish community and other ethnic and religious groups. The NFJC is consulting with Federations across the country to expand this innovative program of Jewish community-building and identity-building in the years ahead.
For more information, visit http://www.jewishculture.org
Artists are invited to submit proposals for site-specific visual, audio or mixed media installations at the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue on New York's Lower East Side. The next installation opportunity is scheduled for Spring-Summer 2002, with an opening date in April. Other compelling proposals may be assigned to subsequent presentation periods.
The Eldridge Street Synagogue, a National Historic Landmark, is the first great house of worship built by Eastern European Jews in America. The Eldridge Street Project, a non-sectarian cultural organization, was established in 1986 to restore the long-neglected house of worship, built one century earlier, to its original grandeur and to preserve the structure for future generations as a historic site and cultural center.
Site-specific art works will explore themes that pertain to and resonate within this unique space/memory -- generational continuity; immigrant Lower East Side or New York City history; historic preservation; Jewish customs, traditions or liturgy; sanctuary or refuge; sacredness or quiet -- and/or they will explore specific objects, texts or physical features of the building.
A strong proposal will take into consideration the significance of the building as a sacred site and an historic landmark. They ask that artists be sensitive to the Synagogue's long and continuing history of worship. Artists of all religious and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to submit proposals.
Deadline: January 18, 2002
Details about these and other opportunities are available on Arts Wire's Web Site at http://www.artswire.org/current/calls.html To submit "calls" for either artists or organizations, send email to email@example.com
Deadline: January 15, 2002, Short Films and Videos, International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen May 2-7, 2002
Deadlines: February 1 and September 1 for artists and May 1 for photographers, Artists and photographers in the Philadelphia area, Creative Artists Network Affiliates
Deadline: February 15, 2002, Temporary work in a public space - New York Artists, IN THE PUBLIC REALM - Public Art Fund
Deadline: Ongoing, Women writers in all genres of writing, to help lead monthly workshops and mentor teenage girls who are interested in pursuing careers in writing, Girls Write Now, new Los Angeles branch
Calls for PapersIOWA CITY, IA
April 12-14, 2002
University of Iowa
CRAFT, CRITIQUE, CULTURE: The University of Iowa's 2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Writing in the Academy
CRAFT, CRITIQUE, CULTURE is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the divisions between critical and creative approaches to writing both within and outside the academy. This year's conference will also have a special focus on technologies of writing and the impact of media on the creation and reception of texts. How have technological media historically influenced the divisions between academic, avant-garde, and popular writers and audiences? What is the future of the concept and practice of writing in our rapidly changing world? How do new technologies promise to transform works, authors, and readers?
CRAFT, CRITIQUE, CULTURE invites scholars and writers from a range of disciplines, such as literary studies, cultural studies, communication studies, creative writing, theater, film, music, and art history, to present either formal papers or creative work, including poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and multimedia presentations. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Selected papers will be published in the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies.
Please submit papers, abstracts, or panel proposals by February 1, 2002 to: Anthony Enns, English Department, 308 English Philosophy Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1492 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~c3conf
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Rockford Dance Company, (Rockford, IL)
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GRAPHIC DESIGN, (tenure-track) Department of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, (Philadelphia PA)
FACULTY POSITIONS: Graphic Design Department Chair - Tenured or Tenure Track; Assistant Professor Graphic Design - Tenure Track; Visiting Assistant Professor Graphic Design (digital media) - Possible Tenure Track, Herron School of Art, IUPUI, (Indianapolis, Indiana)
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, MA in Arts Administration, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, (Charlotte, NC)
MUSIC DIRECTOR, Powers Music School, (Belmont, MA)
PROGRAM OFFICER, VISUAL ARTIST INFORMATION HOTLINE, The New York Foundation for the Arts, (New York City, NY)
PROGRAM COORDINATOR, Arts Horizons, (Englewood, NJ)
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, Dutchess County Arts Council, (Poughkeepsie, NY)
MANAGING & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, The CSI Center for the Arts, College of Staten Island, (Staten Island, NY)
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, (search reopened)Associated Writing Programs, (Fairfax, VA)
GALLERY MANAGER/ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, (Staten Island, NY)
SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR, Eyebeam, (New York City, NY)
TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE - PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, Georgia Southern University, (Statesboro, GA)
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER, New World Symphony, (Miami Beach, FL)
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, Real Art Ways, (Hartford, CN)
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION & ARTISTIC OPERATIONS; DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS, Haddonfield Symphony, (Haddonfield, NJ)
ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR, Office of Admissions, Parsons School of Design, (New York City, NY)
DANCE INSTRUCTOR, LimeLight Productions, (Southern Arizona)
COMPUTER ART TEACHERS, Palo Alto Art Center's Children's Art Program, (Palo Alto, CA)
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, Development Department, Parsons School of Design, (New York City, NY)
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE, Whitney Museum of American Art, (New York City, NY)
BUSINESS MANAGER, Spiral Q Puppet Theater, (Philadelphia, PA)
MARKETING ASSISTANT, Second Stage Theatre, (New York City, NY)
CONSULTANTS SOUGHT, Dutchess County Arts Council, (Poughkeepsie, NY)
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, (Baltimore, MD)
ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Lincoln Center Constituent Development Project, (New York City, NY)
(ENTRY-LEVEL ARTS PROFESSIONAL) Pierre and Maria Gaetana Matisse Foundation, (New York City, NY)
ASSISTANT TO THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, Swiss Institute, (New York City, NY)
BOOKKEEPER, (Part Time) Brooklyn Arts Council
WINTER/SPRING COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP, Massachusetts Cultural Council, (Boston, MA)
A growing list of links to job resources for artists and arts administrators is available on Arts Wire's Web Site at http://www.artswire.org/current/jobres.html
ELSEWHERE ON THE NETFRANK FOSTER, PERCY HEATH, AND MCCOY TYNER RECEIVE NEA AMERICAN JAZZ MASTERS FELLOWSHIPS
WASHINGTON, DC - On December 11, The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the 2002 American Jazz Masters Fellowship recipients. They are:
FRANK FOSTER -- best known for his work in the Count Basie Orchestra (1953-64) and as the composer of the Count Basie hit, SHINY STOCKINGS. He created a large body of work for jazz, including works performed by singers Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra, and a commissioned work for the 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid Suite, written for jazz orchestra. He has served as a musical consultant in the New York City public schools and taught at Queens College and the State University of New York at Buffalo.
PERCY HEATH -- the backbone of the Modern Jazz Quartet, (MJQ) and a superb bassist so sought after that he has appeared on more than 200 jazz albums. Heath joined Dizzy Gillespie's sextet from 1950-52. He stayed with MJQ for more than 40 years, off and on from its beginning in 1952.
MCCOY TYNER -- whose "powerful, propulsive" style of piano playing was an integral part of the John Coltrane Quartet in the early 1960s and influenced countless musicians who followed him. After leaving the quartet, Tyner demonstrated his "tremendous melodic and rhythmic flair for composition" on such albums as The Real McCoy. Tyner has continued to experiment with his sound and to tour steadily with his longtime trio which includes Avery Sharpe on bass and Aaron Scott on drums.
Each artist receives a one-time fellowship of $20,000. The American Jazz Masters awards will be presented at an Arts Endowment-supported concert on January 11, 2002 in Long Beach, California during the 29th annual conference of the International Association of Jazz Educators.
As part of its efforts to honor, assist, encourage, and present artists and forms of artistic expression and practice that reflect the many cultural traditions that make up our nation, the Arts Endowment annually awards up to three one-time-only American Jazz Masters Fellowships. These fellowships are for distinguished jazz artists. The selection criteria are excellence, impact, and significance of the contribution to the jazz art form in the African-American tradition. 2002 marks the Program's 20th Anniversary.
American Jazz Masters Fellowships are awarded to living artists on the basis of nominations from the public, including the jazz community. The recipients must be living citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Nominations may be made by submitting a one-page letter that details the reasons why the nominated artist should receive an American Jazz Masters Fellowship. A resume or a short biography that outlines the career of the nominated artist should be included with the nomination letter. Nominations -- postmarked no later than January 25, 2002 -- should be sent to: American Jazz Masters Fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts, Nancy Hanks Center 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 703 Washington, DC 20506-0001
Complete details are available at http://www.arts.gov/guide/JazzMasters02.html
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