UVU Receives Grant To Support Festival That Connects Latino Students Through Dance
November 11, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson
Written by: Heather Wrigley
Utah Valley University recently became one of 153 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive a Challenge America Fast-Track grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will go to support “Celebrated Voices: A Festival of Contemporary and Traditional Dance Artists and Choreographers of Latino, Hispanic and Spanish Descent,” a project that connects UVU with the expanding Latino and Hispanic students and community across the Wasatch Front through the art form of dance.
The festival will include formal community concerts on Jan. 14, 2014, and Feb. 25, 2014, in UVU’s Ragan Theater, followed by matinee performances and outreach activities in the form of master workshops, lecture demonstrations, seminars and discussions with artists at UVU and in the public schools.
“Celebrated Voices is designed to educate, inspire and change perceptions through presentations of renowned and emerging artists of Latino and Hispanic descent,” said Doris Trujillo, associate professor of dance at UVU. “Through the work of these artists our intent is to engage our UVU students and those within the public schools in understanding their own potential of using dance and the arts as the vehicle for expression and building of self, culture and community.”
The January concert will feature River North Dance of Chicago, a company that presents the works of it’s renowned artistic director, Frank Chaves. The company will feature “Havana Blue,” a current collaboration between River North Dance and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, in the Ragan Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 14 and at 10 a.m. on Jan. 15.
February’s concert will features the Ririe Woodbury Dance Company performing a contemporary work by Alicia Sanchez, director of Mexico’s Compañía El Teatro de Movimiento, and a company premiere of the work of Miguel Azcue. The program will also feature flamenco artists from Cordoba, Spain, Rafael Moreno and Alberto de la Paz, who will perform traditional and contemporary works. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 and on Feb. 26 on 10 a.m.
Other partners in this project include the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, the UVU School of the Arts, the UVU Department of Dance, UVU Future Latino Educators of Tomorrow, Latinos in Action, the UVU Center for Engaged Learning and the UVU International Center.
In this fiscal year 2013 funding round, the NEA received 393 eligible Challenge America Fast-Track applications, requesting a total of $3,930,000. The NEA awarded 153 Challenge America Fast-Track grants totaling $1.53 million awarded to organizations in 41 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support for projects that extend the reach of the arts to populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
“The NEA was founded on the principle that the arts belong to all the people of the United States,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “We’re proud that Challenge America Fast-Track grants bring more opportunities for arts engagement to underserved communities.”