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JCCC Performing Arts Series gets NEA arts grant


JCCC Performing Arts Series gets NEA arts grant

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College has received a $10,000 grant to support an initiative called New Dance Partners.

The grant from the National Endowment for the Arts was announced today by NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. The college was one of 886 nonprofit organizations to receive one of the Art Works grants.

New Dance Partners is a collaboration where the Performing Arts Series commissions nationally-known choreographers Robert Moses, Penny Saunders and Amy Siewert to create original works for three local dance companies: Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance, Owen/Cox Dance Group and the Kansas City Ballet.

Emily Behrmann, general manager of the Performing Arts Series, said the college was thrilled to receive NEA’s support.

“The project inspires significant collaboration between Kansas City arts organizations to support artistic growth in dance,” Behrmann said. “Another goal is to cross-pollinate audiences between all the partner organizations to expand the reach of dance in the community.

“It is a unique project, on a scale that hasn’t been accomplished before in our city. This is a truly meaningful vote of confidence by the NEA for the New Dance Partners project.”

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence. The NEA received 1,515 applications in the Arts Works category. The 886 winners received a total of $25.8 million.

For a complete listing of Arts Works projects, visit the NEA site at