National Endowment for the Arts Awards Two Grants to Montclair State University

Grants to fund dance and dramatic productions at Montclair State, according to Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.

Montclair, NJ – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded $65,000 in grants for live performances to be staged at Montclair State University, according to Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ).

“The current economy has cut many arts production budgets down to the quick, and that has made the competition for grants dollars much more intense,” said Pascrell, who hosted his last town hall meeting on Montclair State University's campus. “These funding awards are a testimony to the great grant writing work submitted by the university. Now that these productions will have the resources to be staged, New Jerseyans owe it to themselves to see these fine performances that will take place right here in the Eighth Congressional District.”

The $50,000 Access to Artistic Excellence grant will support three productions presented by the Peak Performances @ Montclair program.

The NEA awarded $15,000 as an American Masterpieces for Dance grant which will enable Montclair State's Department of Theatre and Dance to stage Paul Taylor's Company B for the 2010-2011 season.

Performances will be available to local public schools and the community, accompanied by talkbacks, conversations, and outreach events. Elizabeth McPherson, assistant professor of theatre and dance, is the Principal Investigator for this grant.

“The NEA grant in Presenting is a major affirmation of Montclair State's commitment to new artists and new audiences,” said Jedediah Wheeler, executive director for Arts and Cultural Programming at Montclair State's Alexander Kasser Theater. “A federal grant of this magnitude reflects positively on its recipient, reinforcing Montclair State's Creative Campus initiative and its lively engagement with its campus and the extended New Jersey community.”

Released: April 5, 2010