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OFA spring grants to assist 60 projects at Harvard

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Eighty-two percent of the requests were honored by Council on the Arts

Nearly 60 projects in dance, music, theater, literature, and the visual arts will take place this spring at Harvard, sponsored in part through funding from the Office for the Arts (OFA). Selected by the Council on the Arts at Harvard, the projects include concerts, theater productions showcasing original student work, as well as classic musicals, a photography exhibit, and dance performances featuring the newly formed Harvard College Intertribal Indian Dance Troupe, the Harvard Hellenic Society, Harvard Ballroom, and other student groups.

The Council on the Arts, a committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, responded favorably to 82 percent of the grant requests. Awarded to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff, the grants foster creative and innovative artistic initiatives among Harvard undergraduates. Funded projects combine artistic merit and experimentation, have a “ripple” effect of arts awareness within the University, and increase involvement in the arts by undergraduates.

Council members at the time of selection include Robert J. Kiely (chair), Elizabeth Bergmann, S. Allen Counter, Deborah Foster, Jorie Graham, Annette Lemieux, Cathleen McCormick, Jack Megan, Robert J. Orchard, Marcus Stern, John Stewart, and Paul Stopforth.

The OFA, which administers the program, also offers grants for projects taking place during Arts First 2004 and fall semester 2004.

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The spring 2004 grants for dance

21st annual CityStep show, Chang Sue ’04: Kahn Grant for a student-produced and -choreographed program featuring Cambridge youth and Harvard undergraduates.

Crimson Dance Team in concert, Rebecca Gomez ’04: Kahn Grant for a performance showcasing the talents of the 17-member undergraduate team.

“Encounters,” South Asian Dance Company and Asian American Dance Troupe, Malini Sur ’04: Kahn Grant for a dance-fusion performance exploring how different cultures encounter each other in America.

Spring ’04 show, Expressions Dance Company, Shana Cloud ’04: Kahn Grant for a spring showcase featuring 60 students performing a variety of dance styles.

Ghungroo Tut Gaye, South Asian Dance Company, Monica Soni ’06: Kahn Grant for an intercollegiate show planned for February 2004.

Greek dance performance, Harvard Hellenic Society, Emmanouela Filippidi ’05: Kahn Grant to support the year-end performance of traditional Greek dances.

Spring 2004 performance, Harvard Ballet Company, Laurie Schnidman ’05: Kahn Grant for a centennial celebration of choreographer George Balanchine.

Spring concert of modern dance, Harvard-Radcliffe Dance Company, Lise Lipowsky ’05: Kahn Grant in support of a student-choreographed showcase of modern dances.

Spring recital, Harvard Ballroom, Danielle Brown ’05: Kahn Grant in support of a recital featuring student choreography.

Spring show, Asian American Dance Troupe, Melinda Hsu ’05: Kahn Grant for a performance featuring various forms of Asian-American dance.

TAPS spring show, Leanna Boychenko ’06: Kahn Grant for a spring performance.

The spring 2004 grants for literature

“Cinematic – The Harvard Annual Film Review,” Raja Haddad ’05: Lear Grant for publication of an account of the year’s greatest cinematic achievements.

“Diversity & Distinction Magazine,” Stefanie Plant ’05: OFA Grant for production of the spring 2004 issue.

“The Gamut” spring issue, Miranda Featherstone ’06: OFA Grant for the spring issue of the poetry journal.

“Harvard Book Review” spring issue, Colin Reardon ’04: OFA Grant for an issue featuring undergraduate-written reviews of recently published books.

“Voice Where Prohibited” premiere issue, Joyce Meghan ’06: OFA Grant for a start-up publication that provides a forum for essays, creative fiction and nonfiction, as well as opinion pieces and artwork.

“Yisei Magazine,” Christine Jung ’05: OFA Grant for a magazine giving voice to and spreading awareness of Korean-American issues via personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, news articles, photography, and artwork.

“Zalacain: The Harvard Journal of Ibero America,” Gustavo Cardenas ’06: OFA Grant for spring issue that features articles of different genres, all relating to Ibero America.

The spring 2004 grants for multidisciplinary arts

“On Thin Ice” spring performance, Ashley Horan ’05: OFA Grant for a performance by Harvard’s oldest comedy improv troupe, featuring live jazz music.

Kuumba Singers’ 34th annual spring concert, Carmen Iguina ’05: OFA Grant for a program featuring African folk songs, Negro spirituals, traditional and contemporary gospel, master choral works, original compositions, original interpretive dance, and poetry.

Black Arts Festival, Kuumba Singers, Shola Olorunnipa ’05: OFA Grant for a performing arts showcase.

“Caribbean Splash,” Harvard University Caribbean Club, Deysia Dundas ’04: OFA Grant for second Caribbean cultural extravaganza.

“Video-Opera,” William Aronson ’04: OFA Grant for an undergraduate-directed video featuring original compositions.

“The World Project,” Andrew Wang ’04: OFA Grant for a performance featuring a fusion of artistic disciplines including music, dance, and theater.

The spring 2004 grants for music

Concerts III and IV, The Bach Society Orchestra, Miriam Lense ’05: OFA Grant for two spring concerts featuring a concerto and composition competition.

“Così fan tutte,” The Dunster House Opera Society, Adrien Finlay ’04: OFA Grant for a production of one of Mozart’s most popular works.

Mozart’s Requiem, The Holden Choirs (Radcliffe Choral Society, Harvard Glee Club, and Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum) Emma Beavers ’06: OFA Grant for a performance of the composer’s 1791 Requiem in D minor.

Freshman Concerto Competition Concert, Mozart Society Orchestra, Jeff Bezanson ’04: Solomon Grant for a spring concert featuring the undergraduate competition winner.

Group establishment, The Harvard C-Sharps, Cora Tsang ’05: OFA Grant in support of Harvard’s first Chinese a cappella group.

Handel and Monteverdi, The Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, Elaine Besancon ’06: Solomon Grant for a program featuring the rarely performed Handel’s “Dixit Dominus” and Monteverdi’s “Dixit Dominus.”

Group start-up, Harvard Klezmer Band, Jessica Bloom ’07: OFA Grant in support of the first permanent klezmer band at Harvard.

Intercollegiate men’s choral festival, Harvard Glee Club, William Daines ’04: Solomon Grant in support of the glee club’s hosting of this national festival.

“Love Gone Wrong,” Harvard Pops Orchestra, Joanne Wen ’04: OFA Grant in support of the Pops’ spring 2004 concert.

Group support, Mariachi Veritas de Harvard, Claudia García ’05: OFA Grant to support the study and performance of mariachi music.

Siblings concert, Brothers and Sisters of Kuumba, Adeline Boatin ’04: OFA Grant in support of a spring performance featuring a blend of music from the African-American tradition.

Spring concert, Brattle Street Chamber Players, Peter Anderegg ’04: OFA Grant for a concert of chamber orchestra repertoire in Paine Hall.

Spring recitals, Harvard University Saxophone Quartet, Matthew Kozlov ’04: OFA Grant to purchase new music for the group’s repertoire.

Taraana, Harvard South Asian Association, Nilanthi Gunawardane ’05: Solomon Grant for the second annual showcase of South Asian music.

Spring performances, THUD (the Harvard Undergraduate Drummers), Emily Kahn ’05: OFA Grant for performances showcasing different cultural and stylistic percussion.

VI-5: An Evening of Student Opera Premieres, Harvard-Radcliffe Contemporary Music Ensemble (hrCME), Anthony Cheung ’04: Eckstein Lipson Grant for performances of operas written by undergraduate composers.

European Wind Music, Harvard Wind Ensemble, Stephanie Cincotta ’04: Solomon Grant for a concert featuring works by Karel Husa and Paul Hindemith, among other composers.

The spring 2004 grants for theatre

“The Rainy Season,” Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association (AAA Players), Derrick Wang ’05: Kahn Grant for production of play by Dwight Okitas.

“Guys and Dolls,” Cabot Musical Theater: Timothy S. Mayer Grant for a production of the classic musical.

“Crazy For You,” Harvard STAGE, Rebecca Rubins ’05: Cobey Grant for a production that will also include an after-school workshop with Boston public school students.

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” Mather House Drama Society, Daniel Spitzer ’05: Cobey Grant for a production featuring undergraduates from Mather House and the entire Harvard community.

“Laugh Riot! Improv Comedy Festival,” Immediate Gratification Players (IGP), Christopher Black ’06: Timothy S. Meyer Grant for IGP’s annual improv comedy festival.

Untitled play, Maggie Lehrman ’04: Timothy S. Meyer Grant for a performance of an original student piece featuring undergraduate performers.

Freshman musical, Kristen Lozada ’07: Timothy S. Meyer Grant for a production of an original rock musical written, produced, and performed entirely by members of the Class of 2007.

“The Adman’s Lament,” Emily Carmichael ’04: Kahn Grant in support of a production of a new, full-length musical.

“The Last Five Years,” Anne Patrone ’04: Timothy S. Meyer Grant for an undergraduate production of the recent off-Broadway musical.

The spring 2004 grants for traditional cultural arts

Chunsa Korean Cultural Dance Show, Chunsa (Korean Association), Jiyeon Kim ’05: Solomon Grant for a performance featuring past and present forms of movement from Korea.

Ghungroo, Harvard South Asian Association, Nilanthi Gunawardane ’05: Timothy S. Meyer Grant for the annual South Asian cultural celebration held in Agassiz Theatre.

Harvard College Intertribal Indian Dance Troupe (HIIDT), Native Americans at Harvard College, Erica Scott ’06: Solomon Grant in support of the creation of a permanent Native American Dance Troupe at Harvard.

Traditional Chinese Dance Troupe, Chinese Student Association, Krystal Law ’04: Solomon Grant in support of showcases of authentic Chinese dances.

The spring 2004 grants for visual arts

Harvard Photography Journal Publication, Felix Diaz ’05: Solomon Grant for showcasing photographic work of Harvard undergraduates.

Photo exhibition, Toussaint Losier ’04: Solomon Grant for an exhibition of photography by Harvard students.

HRTV “Great Performances,” Harvard Radcliffe Television (HRTV): Debra Mao ’05: OFA Grant for the production of videos documenting student performances.