Thu, Dec 15, 2016
Marketing & Public Relations Manager
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu announced this week a $15,000 Art Works grant for Seraphic Fire as part of NEA’s first funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. The Art Works category, in which Seraphic Fire is included, focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as Seraphic Fire, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, church, town square, museum, or hospital, the arts everywhere make our lives richer.”
Monies from the grant will support Seraphic Fire’s commissioning and performance of new choral works by American composers. These include Miami-based Shawn Crouch and Alvaro Bermudez, who will be featured on the ensemble’s 15th Anniversary Celebration in January 2017, as well as James Kallembach and Abbie Betinis. Premieres of their works will reach Southern Florida communities in Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Naples.
“Being chosen for this grant is special. It shows that Seraphic Fire’s creative work in South Florida is also recognized at a national level,” says Executive Director Rhett M. Del Campo. “It is an honor to be acknowledged by America’s leading arts-supporting agency and we want all of our supporters, both locally and nationally, to take pride in the beautiful art they make possible.”