11 Calif. groups win federal arts grants

Eleven California arts groups were offered federal grants Tuesday, provided they can raise $ 3 on their own for every federal dollar they receive.

The so-called challenge grants from the National Endowment for the Arts total $ 13.1 million and were offered to groups in 16 states and the District of Columbia.

The grant winners were selected from 94 applicants, the endowment said.

The challenge grant program was established in 1978 and officials estimate that over the years it has helped generate $ 2.4 billion in matching money for arts programs across the nation.

President Clinton, meanwhile, has nominated eight people, the lion’s share of whom are East Coast-based, to sit on the National Council on the Arts, an advisory board for the NEA.

The national council advises the NEA chairperson on grants, policies and procedures in relation to the NEA’s grant-giving responsibilities. In the past, the council has been known to take public stances against the NEA chair over grants that are denied, most recently a museum grant denied by interim NEA chair Anne Radice.

Those nominated include: Ronald Feldman, president of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc. in New York; Barbara Grossman, assistant professor of drama at Tufts University in Massachusetts; Kenneth M. Jarin, partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads; Leo J. O’Donovan, president of Georgetown University and a professor of theology from the District of Columbia; Rachael Worby, first lady of the state of West Virginia and conductor of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra; Judith O. Rubin, a member of the New York State Council on the Arts and the Mayor’s Commission for Protocol in New York City; and Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director of public events at Arizona State University and president of the Assn. of Performing Arts Presenters.

The 1994 challenge grants for California are as follows:

o University of California for Cal Performances, Berkeley, $ 250,000 to help create an endowment fund.

o Dell’Arte, Inc., Blue Lake, $ 75,000 to support renovation of a 1912 historic city structure.

o Center Theater Group for the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, $ 800,000 for the Latino audience development program.

o Oakland Ballet Assn., $ 95,000 to help eliminate operating fund deficit.

o Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, $ 100,000 to increase the endowment/cash reserve fund.

o San Diego Opera Assn., $ 250,000 to help establish a reserve fund.

o Bay Area Video Coalition, San Francisco, $ 125,000 to establish a video preservation center.

o Community Music Center, San Francisco, $ 75,000 to augment the endowment fund.

o Mexican Museum, San Francisco, $ 150,000 for a project on Chicano art.

o San Jose Museum of Art, $ 400,000 to support a collaboration with the Whitney Museum in New York.

o Pacific Symphony Assn., Santa Ana, $ 250,000 for its endowment fund.

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