PAS gets grant for special Street Beat activities

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National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman said the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series is one of 153 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant. The Tech PAS is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support Street Beat — Recycled Percussion & Urban Dance Troupe to do educational workshops, lecture-demonstrations and performances at the Magdalena, Alamo-Navajo and Socorro schools, public performance at Macey Center in Socorro, on Friday, April 5, 2013.

The NEA will award 153 Challenge America Fast-Track grants totaling $1.53 million to organizations in 41 states, Washington and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These include 49 first-time Arts Endowment grantees.

The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and midsized organizations 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.

“We are so pleased and excited to be receiving the Challenge America grant from the NEA,” said NMT PAS director Ronna Kalish. “Many of the schools we work with are being cut back in the arts. They did not have the funding to bring Street Beat to their schools. We are so glad to be able to bring this program to them, with its very accessible music education component that teaches the basic principles of rhythm, melody and beat, played on found objects that students can easily obtain around the house.”

See the complete listing of projects recommended for Challenge America Fast-Track grant support at www.arts.gov.

In addition to the season of performances at Macey Center, NMTPAS organizes educational youth performances and hands-on arts residencies for the Socorro, Magdalena and Alamo-Navajo Schools.

NMTPAS also organizes the annual Community Arts Party held the Saturday before Valentine’s Day and the July 4th Celebration, both free community arts events.