Performing Arts Series wins $10,000 grant

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The National Endowment for the Arts announced Wednesday that the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series in Socorro has been selected to receive one of 162 grants of $10,000 awarded to organizations in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The National Endowment for the Arts announced Wednesday that the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series in Socorro has been selected to receive one of 162 grants of $10,000 awarded to organizations in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman has noted that “art works everywhere,” which is why the NEA’s Challenge America Fast-Track program supports projects from, primarily, small and mid-sized arts organizations that extend the reach of the arts to underserved audiences — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

This is the second time the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series has received this award. The first time was in 2009 for the presentation of Taos Pueblo musician Robert Mirabal in collaboration with Dancing Earth indigenous dance troupe.

The award in 2012 is for the presentation of “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,” by dance and music troupe Rhythmic Circus from Minneapolis, Minn. This joyous performance blends together hard hitting, rapid-fire, innovative tap dance with a seven-piece, funk-world, beat-jazz band, vocalist and beat boxer, all sprinkled with slapstick comedy.

Rhythmic Circus will also present an educational youth performance for grades fourth thru sixth from Socorro, Magdalena and Alamo-Navajo schools, plus dance and music workshops open to youth and adults.

“I am so excited that we received this award,” NMT PAS Director Ronna Kalish said. “‘Feet Don’t Fail Me Now’ is such a fun show. It will expose Socorro County to the classic American art form of tap dance, performed with so much youthful energy and good spirit that everyone from kids to grandparents to college students will become fans. It is amazing that we have a federal agency that sees the value of supporting arts programs in our small communities.”