Federal Program Allots Money for Conservation of Dance Archives

Classic Arts News   Federal Program Allots Money for Conservation of Dance Archives
Two grants to preserve dance archives were among $14.5 million in federal funds awarded through the Save America's Treasures program this week.

The program is a joint effort of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Park Service, and the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

The Dance Heritage Coalition will receive $52,625 for conservation and storage of the archives of the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. The archives of these three influential contemporary choreographers contain video footage, costumes, programs, reviews, and photographs.

In addition, the New York Public Library will receive $275,000 to conserve more than 2,600 deteriorating video recordings of major New York dance artists, including the Joffrey Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the American Ballet Theatre. Part of the funds will be used to make stable master copies of the videotapes.

Both of these grants will be administered by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The SAT program received 390 applications from federal agencies, and awarded grants to 60 organizations and agencies. The selected projects, which include repairs to a historic battleship and the preservation of two collections of September 11 ephemera, were required to demonstrate not only national significance and urgent preservation need but also the ability to raise matching nonfederal funds.

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