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MANCC Awarded NEA Grant to Support Innovative Artist Research

Published May 11, 2016


Florida State University’s Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) has been awarded a $40,000 Art Works grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support two artist residencies as part of their upcoming season. NEA’s Art Works, a category that supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields, is providing more than $82 million in awards for arts projects nationwide.

MANCC, a vital incubator for new and diverse artistic voices, will host 15 residencies in 2016–2017, that bring more than 20 lead artists and their collaborators (composers, dramaturges, writers, designers, performers, etc.) in a series of choreographic residencies to Florida State University. This NEA award will allow MANCC to continue to support wide-ranging work at all stages of development (early, mid, and late-stage) by emerging and vanguard artists through multi-week residencies. Providing a supportive environment for artists to experiment and explore free of typical residency requirements, such as carrying a teaching load, allows MANCC artists to focus on their research while here, ultimately enabling them to more fully realize their vision for the finished productions. Such singular support can also result in national (and, in some cases, international) visibility.

Of her time in residence artist Nora Chipaumire says “I was given tremendous freedom and support at MANCC; my responsibility was only to research and work. After MANCC, I understood that having time to work without interruption is priceless.”

As an added layer to MANCC’s unique residency approach, artists are connected with scholars, students and community members to enrich their thematic explorations, providing opportunities for students, staff, faculty and the community of Tallahassee to engage with regionally and nationally significant artists through the creative process in dance.  

“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like the one from the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

Director Carla Peterson expressed gratitude in receiving the award. “This NEA award means a great deal. It helps us support an exciting range of innovative artists as they research and develop new work. The competitive application process also means that the work that we do as a Center is vetted by a national panel of leaders in the field. Together, MANCC’s work within the School of Dance plays an ever larger role as an exemplary model of support.”