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BMD Receives NEA Art Works Grant Award

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Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD) is pleased to announce the Company’s selection as one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grant.

BMD has been chosen for a grant to support the Victory Road Tour Project. BMD teams up with country-punk rock music legends Jason and The Scorchers, credited by Rolling Stone Magazine for “rewriting the history of rock-n-roll in the South,” to create Victory Road.

The Tour Project will kick off with the world premiere of Victory Road on April 10 and 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Terrace Theater. The band joins BMD onstage for an electrifying performance about a boy who leaves his hometown with the dream of becoming a music star in the 1980s. Featuring music from their deep collection, Lucy Bowen McCauley unites with Jason and The Scorchers to transform their songs into movement – a journey of hope, tragedy, and triumph. Purchase tickets.

Following the weekend premiere, BMD and Jason and The Scorchers will take Victory Road, quite literally, “on the road” for a tour through Southern Virginia. The next stop in the tour takes place at Pro-Art Association’s Performing Arts Center on April 19 at 3:00 p.m. at JW Adams Combined School in Pound, Va. Taught by Lucy Bowen McCauley while in town, BMD will also offer a free master dance class for the community and for theater majors at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise campus.

BMD will continue the tour in the fall of 2015 with performances at a variety of venues throughout Virginia and the South.  Each tour performance will also include free educational programming for the public such as dance master classes, pre- or post-performance artist talks, and Dance for PD classes for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their care partners.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to Bowen McCauley Dance. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts.  The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website atarts.gov. Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.

For questions about BMD’s Victory Road Tour Project and to book a performance, please contact Executive Director, Abigail Isaac Fine, abigail@bmdc.org. Please direct all media inquiries to Director of Marketing, Joanna Estes Janascius, joanna@bmdc.org.

 

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