Music of Remembrance to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
DATE: January 15, 2020
CONTACT: Mina Miller, Artistic Director
Seattle, WA—Music of Remembrance has been approved for a $20,000 Art Works grant to support “Art From Ashes.” This year-long project will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Overall, the National Endowment for the Arts has approved 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million in the first round of fiscal year 2020 funding to support arts projects in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
The Art Works funding category supports projects that focus on public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation; the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; learning in the arts at all stages of life; and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life.
“The arts are at the heart of our communities, connecting people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support projects like ‘Art From Ashes.’”
Music of Remembrance’s “Art From Ashes” project is a series of concert performances that feature works banned as “degenerate” during the Third Reich, music created in the horrific conditions of ghettos and concentration camps, music created by activist composers who used their art in protest, and works that sample the cultural traditions of different groups - not only Jews - targeted by the Nazi regime. The concerts will also introduce new works commissioned by Music of Remembrance that draw on the Holocaust’s lessons as we address challenges to tolerance and human rights in our own time. As part of the project, Music of Remembrance will also host a special residency of the Violins of Hope. These performances at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music will be combined with public outreach and educational programs to engage the broader community.
About Music of Remembrance
Founded in 1998 by pianist Mina Miller, Music of Remembrance (MOR) fills a unique role throughout the world by remembering the Holocaust through music. With concert performances, educational programs, recordings, and commissions of new works by some of today’s leading composers, MOR honors those of all backgrounds who found the strength to create even in the face of suffering, and those who had the courage to speak out against cruelty. We tell stories that communicate urgent lessons for today, and we look beyond the Holocaust itself to the experience of others who have been excluded or persecuted for their faith, ethnicity, gender or sexuality.
More information is available at www.musicofremembrance.org.
For more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit www.arts.gov/news.
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