NEA awards ’93 grants

The National Endowment for the Arts has handed out its first round of grants for 1993, giving nearly 1,100 awards totaling $ 25.5 million.

The categories for this first round, which were decided prior to President Clinton’s inauguration yesterday, included arts administration fellows, arts in education, dance, design arts, folk arts, expansion arts, literature, locals, media arts, museum, music, opera-musical theater, presenting and commissioning, state and regional programs.

In Los Angeles, the largest grants went to the Music Center Opera Assn., which received a $ 100,000 grant for opera-musical production expenses during the 1993-94 season. The Center Theatre Group–which operates the MarkTaper Forum , Ahmanson and Doolittle theaters–received a $ 20,000 grant for opera-musical productions in the ’93-94 season.

The Japanese-American Cultural and Community Center received $ 37,000 for presenting costs, while the Guild Opera Co. received $ 7,500 for touring expenses.

The Long Beach Civic Light Opera Assn. received $ 20,000 for production expenses and the Lula Washington Contemporary Dance Foundation received $ 10,000 for rehearsal, touring and production costs.

Santa Monica-based Highways received two grants totaling $ 27,980 for presenting and commissioning works during 1993.

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