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June 26, 2013 - Arts Midwest Announces 2013–2014 Shakespeare in American Communities Grants
Arts Midwest today announced $1 million in grants to 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies in 21 states, plus the District of Columbia, to perform Shakespeare for students through Shakespeare in American Communities. The awards mark the eleventh consecutive year of this national program, managed by Arts Midwest in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Performances will take place between August 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. Read more...


July 24, 2012 - Arts Midwest Announces 2012–2013 Shakespeare for a New Generation Grants
Arts Midwest today announced more than $1 million in grants to 42 nonprofit, professional theater companies in 24 states plus the District of Columbia to perform Shakespeare for students through Shakespeare for a New Generation. These awards mark the tenth consecutive year of Shakespeare in American Communities, a national program managed by Arts Midwest in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Performances will take place between August 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013. Read more...


May 17, 2011 - National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman Announces 2011-2012 Shakespeare for A New Generation Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced that 36 nonprofit, professional theater companies in 21 states plus the District of Columbia will receive grants of $25,000 each to participate in Shakespeare for a New Generation. Read more...


April 30, 2010 - National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman Announces 2010-2011 Shakespeare for A New Generation Grants
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced that 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies will receive grants of $25,000 each to participate in Shakespeare for a New Generation from June 1, 2010-May 31, 2011. Read more...


April 23, 2009 - National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2009-2010 Shakespeare for a New Generation Grants
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced that 37 nonprofit, professional theater companies will receive grants of $25,000 each to participate in Shakespeare for a New Generation from June 1, 2009-May 31, 2010. Part of the NEA's Shakespeare in American Communities initiative, Shakespeare for a New Generation targets middle and high school students, introducing young people to the power of live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare. Read more...


April 23, 2008 - National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2008-2009 Shakespeare for a New Generation Grants
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced that 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies will receive grants to participate in Shakespeare for a New Generation from June 1, 2008-May 31, 2009. Part of the NEA's Shakespeare in American Communities initiative, Shakespeare for a New Generation targets middle and high school students, introducing young people to the power of live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare. Managed by Arts Midwest, the program already has benefited more than one million students and their teachers with live performances and educational activities. Read more...


April 23, 2007 - National Endowment for the Arts Announces Participating Theater Companies for 2007-2008 Shakespeare for a New Generation Program
The National Endowment for the Arts today announced that 35 theater companies will participate in its 2007-2008 Shakespeare for a New Generation program. Shakespeare for a New Generation , part of the Arts Endowment's Shakespeare in American Communities initiative, strives to introduce America's youth to a lifelong engagement with the power of live theater, the wonders of the English language, and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare. Each of the participating companies will receive $25,000, for a total of $875,000, to present performances and accompanying educational activities for students. Arts Midwest, a regional arts organization based in Minneapolis, manages the program. Read more...


May 2, 2006 - National Endowment for the Arts Announces Participating Theater Companies for 2006-2007 Shakespeare for a New Generation Program
The National Endowment for the Arts today announced 36 theater companies participating for 2006-2007 in its acclaimed Shakespeare for a New Generation program. Shakespeare for a New Generation, part of the Arts Endowment's Shakespeare in American Communities tour, specifically targets middle and high school students. Each of the participating companies will receive $25,000 for a total federal investment of $900,000. Read more...


May 12, 2005 - National Endowment for the Arts Expands Shakespeare for a New Generation to Introduce More Students to Magic of Live Theater
The National Endowment for the Arts today announced the participating theater companies for the third phase of its acclaimed initiative Shakespeare in American Communities and the second year of Shakespeare for a New Generation. With the number of companies involved in the program expanding from 21 in 2004 to 35 in 2005-06, 35 grants will be awarded totaling $975,000. Read more...


August 30, 2004 - National Endowment for the Arts Brings Shakespeare to Military Bases
The National Endowment for the Arts announced today the launch of the Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour. Through a unique partnership, the Arts Endowment is collaborating with the Department of Defense to bring the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and its production of Macbeth to 13 U.S. military bases. Read more...

 


April 23, 2004 - National Endowment for the Arts Launches Shakespeare for a New Generation to Introduce Thousands More Students to Magic of Live Theater
On the occasion of William Shakespeare's 440th birthday, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia today announced participating theater companies for the second phase of its signature Shakespeare in American Communities initiative: Shakespeare for a New Generation. The tour is made possible by the Arts Endowment in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Read more...


January 8, 2004 - The National Endowment for the Arts Announces Second Phase of Shakespeare Initiative
The National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia announced today to the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America a new component to the Arts Endowment's successful national initiative, Shakespeare in American Communities. This second phase, Shakespeare for a New Generation, will provide middle and high school students in underserved communities across the United States the opportunity to see professional productions of Shakespeare plays. Read more...


October 29, 2003 - Members of Congress Take the Stage and Steal the Show in Promoting National Endowment for the Arts' Shakespeare in American Communities
The National Endowment for the Arts hosted a lively event on Capitol Hill last evening to celebrate Shakespeare in American Communities - the largest tour of William Shakespeare's plays in our nation's history - with members of Congress, Hill staffers and students. U.S. Representatives and two groups of public school children participated in the evening's entertainment, performing skits and recitations to honor the greatest playwright in the English language. Read more...


October 15, 2003 - U.S. Representative Cass Ballenger Welcomes Shakespeare in American Communities to North Carolina
The National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with The Sallie Mae Fund and with Arts Midwest, will introduce Shakespeare in American Communities to North Carolina audiences this fall.
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October 9, 2003 - National Endowment for the Arts Announces Star-Studded "Players' Guild" for Shakespeare in American Communities
The National Endowment for the Arts today announced the "Players' Guild," a group of celebrated arts experts and actors who will lend their support to the Shakespeare in American Communities project. Laura Bush and Motion Picture Association of America President and CEO Jack Valenti will serve as the project's honorary chairs.
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October 2, 2003 - Unprecedented Partnership Between Department of Defense and National Endowment for the Arts Sends Shakespeare to American Military Bases
In an unprecedented effort to reach millions of American military personnel and their families, the National Endowment for the Arts is partnering with the Department of Defense to bring its national theatrical tour, Shakespeare in American Communities to military bases. Read more...


September 17, 2003 - National Endowment for the Arts Kicks Off Largest Tour of Shakespeare in United States History
The National Endowment for the Arts and The Sallie Mae Fund, in cooperation with Arts Midwest, kick off Shakespeare in American Communities with a performance of Othello by Aquila Theatre Company in New London, Connecticut the weekend of September 19. Read more...


April 23, 2003 - National Endowment for the Arts Launches Largest Tour of Shakespeare in American History
On the occasion of William Shakespeare's 439th birthday, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia today announced a gift of immeasurable value to the American people: a nationwide, 100-community tour of Shakespeare by six of the nation's finest theater companies. The tour is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest. Read more...