As a part of President Obama’s American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) received $50 million for distribution to American arts institutions. The resulting grants are intended to preserve jobs threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn. The Center for New Performance at CalArts and REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater) were both recommended for $50,000 grants—making CalArts among the few arts institutions recognized with two grants.
The Center for New Performance, the professional producing arm of CalArts, will use the grant to employ 17 artists for a production of Gertrude Stein’s Brewsie and Willie, a co-production with Poor Dog Group, a Los Angeles-based performance collective comprised of CalArts alumni. REDCAT will receive support for the salaries of four full-time production and curatorial staff members—maintaining the quality and integrity of the 08/09 season of contemporary theater, dance, music and gallery exhibitions.