Money, outdoor music, dance prizes, Grindr, theater

Earlier this month, the Cape Cod Arts Foundation distributed record funding of $139,000 to help 14 local nonprofit arts organizations recover from the pandemic. The support was made possible through a grant the foundation received last year from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Temporary closures, the costs of implementing health and safety protocols, capacity limits and continued public uncertainty about a return to in-person events have strained our creative industry,” said Julie. Wake, the foundation’s executive director, in an announcement of the grants. “These grants are a step towards recovery and ensure that arts and culture remains a vital part of Cape Town’s identity.”

Julie Wake, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Arts Foundation

The need for help, Wake said, was exemplified by the fact that the foundation received 26 requests, with groups seeking just under $390,000 in assistance. Grants obtained ranged from $5,000 to $20,000. The funds will be used for salaries, health and safety supplies, marketing and facilities costs, according to the announcement.

The Cape Cod Theater Co. in West Harwich, for example, needs to allocate its $20,000 staff grant to increase programming and diversify its courses. Song Keepers, which focuses its artistic and educational experiences for black and brown artists, will use its $10,000 grant to resume mentorship programs.

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Additional grants awarded: $20,000 to Provincetown Art Association and Museum; $10,000 each to Provincetown Theatre, Provincetown Film Society, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Twenty Summers in Provincetown, Wellfleet Preservation Hall and Woods Hole Film Festival; $8,000 to Historic Highfield in Falmouth; $6,000 to the Hyannis Public Library; and $5,000 each to the Falmouth Art Center, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Harbor Stage Company in Wellfleet.

The foundation will then open its fall grant cycle on October 3 at https://artsfoundation.org/.

Frank Poransky, left, and Lary Chaplan are Blu Central, part of the weekly

Watch musicians practice outdoors

Informal outdoor concerts are back in downtown Orleans as local musicians take part in “Pop-Up Practices in Parish Park”. Music sessions are held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday through November 19 at the Parish Park/Old Fire Station, 44 Main Street.

Work concerts are sponsored by the Orléans Community Partnership, in conjunction with the Orléans Cultural Quarter, and are designed as family entertainment. The lineup: September 24, Kathleen Healey, a local musician/songwriter who says she uses her experience of living and raising a family near the beach as inspiration for her songs; October 1, Michael Holt, who immersed himself in classical, folk, jazz, indie-rock, pop and many other styles of music; October 8, Frank Poranski and Kami Lyle, offering eclectic guitar, trumpet and vocals; and on October 15, Chandler Travis, a prolific singer, songwriter and member of numerous bands, including the Incredible Casuals.

Later in the fall: October 22, Sarah Burrill, trying out new material, both originals and covers; On October 29, singer-songwriter Catie Flynn, who returned to her Cape Town home after a stay in Nashville and is performing locally and across the Northeast; November 5: Blu Central, with Poranski and Lary Chaplan, performing “from Rossini to Tom Waits and everything in between”; and on November 12, The Bitter and Broken Men’s Chorus, consisting of Poranski, Tom Fettig and Andrew Fettig, who describe themselves as “a shameless blue-collar band from Cape Cod…(whose) music reflects their love of community, punk rock, ironic humor, Americana and left-wing politics.

On November 19, Broadway and off-Broadway actor/writer/director John Schuman will perform “An Afternoon with Moi?”, a comedic one-man take on his life.

Visual artist Sara Stern received one of two new residencies this month for LGBTQ+ artists and writers at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Grindr helps two artists work in Provincetown

Provincetown’s Fine Arts Work Center launched a new LGBTQ+ Artist and Writer Residency this month, offering week-long residencies for a visual artist and writer of fiction and/or poetry that culminated in a presentation joint public.

The new program was made possible with the support of Grindr, which describes itself as the world’s largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans and queer people.

According to the announcement, the first resident LGBTQ+ visual artist was Sara Stern, an award-winning interdisciplinary artist from New York City who was a 2018-19 Fellow at the Work Center. The first Poetry Resident was award-winning poet and painter Sam Ross, 2016-17 Fellow.

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The residencies included workspace and accommodation, as well as an artist stipend and reimbursement of travel expenses. The work center’s mission is to nurture writers and artists at critical times in their creative development, and the first residents were selected following an open call process in July.

“Supporting queer creators is fundamental to our work at Grindr,” spokesperson Patrick Lenihan said in the announcement. “We are honored to find common cause with the brilliant Fine Arts Work Center and happy to be able to help create space and time for these artists.”

During the work center residency, Stern developed and produced a series of outdoor stop-motion animations on the dunes of Provincetown. Ross has been working on a poetry manuscript that evokes the Möbius strip-like circularity of grief, time and memory.

The free theater company for young people opens a new session

The Cape Rep Theater in Brewster will be holding an information session at 11 a.m. on October 15 for youth in grades 8-12 interested in becoming part of its Young Company. The program called YoCo provides free professional theater training to young local actors through an intensive rehearsal and production process. All interested students are welcome.

The information session will take place at the Outdoor Theater at 3299 Main Street (if it is raining, the session will move to the Indoor Theater, masks required). The 2021/22 Company was made up of over 40 young performers from Plymouth to Wellfleet, who learned, rehearsed and performed indoors and outdoors in various locations across the seven-acre campus.

RSVP to 508-896-1888. Those unable to attend can email [email protected] for more information.

Cape Cod ballroom dancers Angel Fox and Victoria Manni compete earlier this month at the United States Dance Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Local dancers impress on the national stage

A team of 10 dance students from Cape Cod and the South Shore competed in a national competition earlier this month and some returned with medals for their performance.

Teachers and professional ballroom dancers Adam Spencer of AdaminChatham and Angel Fox of Angel Fox Dance Company took 10 students to the United States Dance Championships in Orlando, Florida, which they describe as the ballroom competition the oldest and most prestigious in the United States, with certain categories attracting dancers from all over the world.

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Orleans’ Adele Bloomfield won third place in the American Smooth National Champion category in her age category and second place in the American Rhythm National Champion category in her age category. Barnstable’s Maddie DeFrancisci took sixth place in the American Rhythm Junior Champion category and eighth place in the American Smooth Junior Champion category.

Spencer, who lives in Orleans, also earned second place as America’s Best Rhythm Dance Teacher. All of the students placed in their respective categories in at least one of their single dance rounds, the group’s announcement said.

The other students competing were Clara Mesonero from Osterville, Donna Morris and Nancy Wright from Brewster, Carolyn Kemp from Chatham, Barbara Wynter and Victoria Manni from Yarmouth, Daisy O’Neil from Wellfleet and Avery Lloyd from Duxbury.

To celebrate and show off their work, the band will host a team game in the ballroom at 1 p.m. on October 1 at the Chatham Community Center to raise money for the Studio 878 Trust. Information: https://www.adaminchatham.com/.

Contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at [email protected] Follow on Twitter: @KathiSDCCT.

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