PASADENA – ColoradoBoulevard.net:
A Noise Within (ANW) ) will receive a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses and related educational activities.
By News Desk
Metamorphoses will run on ANW’s Redmond Stage May 8 – June 5, 2022, and educational outreach to schools around Southern California has already begun. ANW’s project is among 1,248 projects across America that were selected to receive the first round of fiscal year 2022 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects category.
National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chair Ann Eilers said: “A Noise Within in Pasadena is among the arts organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts.”
A Noise Within Co-Producing Artistic Directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott said, “We are immensely grateful for our partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Their generous support will help us reach thousands of students as we explore classic Greek mythology through a contemporary American lens – this time, with Mary Zimmerman’s extraordinary play, Metamorphoses, and our surrounding education programs.”
In Metamorphoses, primal storytelling and modern sensibility collide in a sensual re-envisioning of Greek myths, as gods and mortals alike endure love, loss, and transformation—all while immersed in a pool of water on stage. Mary Zimmerman (author of ANW’s award-winning Argonautika) created this masterpiece that mesmerizes with tales of Midas, Orpheus, Aphrodite, and more in a whimsical and heartbreaking meditation on the joys and perils of being human.
The education programs surrounding Metamorphoses will reach 1,200 students at 32 Southern California schools through workshops, performances, study guides, and more. In total, A Noise Within dedicates one third of its performances and 30% of its operating budget to student audiences, as the company believes educational outreach is a significant and essential means for enriching their community.
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