A local orchestra's off-beat sessions to introduce symphonic music to children.
An experimental printing company's publication of the first antology of Virginia fiction.
A classical ballet company's plans to choreograph new works integrating deaf students of modern dance into their repertoire.
These are three of the arts projects funded for the 1977-78 season by grants awarded recently in the state of Virginia.
A total of 16 performing groups and individual artists will receive $70,340 in unrestricted funds next year from the Virginia Commission of the Arts and humanities. An additional $10,000 in restricted funds (used only for a specific purpose) was given to two organizations, according to JoAnn Chapman, fiscal officer of the commission's Richmond headquarters.
The "Hello, Symphony" project of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra received $5,220 to help "give kids a fun setting in which music and particularly graphics are used to help the understanding and learning process," said Janet Albright, artistic director of the 4-year-old program. "Hello, Symphony" features small instrumental music ensembles performing for pre-school to elementary school students.
When the orchestra's instruments aren't entertaining the audience, the youngsters are asked to perform themselves. "We have them jump rope (to Bartok's "Children's Song") and bounce basketballs on stage (to show how instruments are used to change themes)," Albright explained.
Gallimaufry Press in Arlington plans to publish the first-ever anthology of Virginia fiction with assistance from its grant of $2,500. The small press specializes in limited editions of poetry and fiction. "We're dedicated to making accessible to the public the newer poets and writers and experimental works," said Mary MacArthur, 33, who runs the nationwide Gallimaufry (it means medley) operation from her home.
The anthology will present works of 12 Virginia residents, including writer Dick Dabney and artist Larua Chassy (she did the book's etchings), both of Arlington. Publication of the hard-back, 200-page volume is expected in March 1978, MacArthur said.
Arlington Youth Ballet (AYB) plans to choreograph new works integrating the talents of deaf dancers from Gallaudet Col-special the way they bring sign language into their movement, using no music."
AYB received a $1,000 grant this year to support an exchange program, with Gallaudet's modern dancers joining the classically-oriented Arlington company in creating choreography to fuse both styles. The resulting series of works will probably be jointly performed as a part of AYB's March concert.
The innovative programs of the Fairfax Symphony, the Arlington youth Ballet and Gallimaufry Press are typical of the wide diversity of projects funded by the Virginia Commission of the Arts and Humanities, said Chapman.
Other grants made to northern Virginia organizations for 1977-78 include: Alexandria Civic Symphony, $3,450; Alexandria Community Y, $500; Arlington Symphony Association, $2,770; InterPlay Productions, $1,000; Northern Virginia Chamber Orchestra, $10,000; Vagabond Puppets, $800; Wayside Theatre, $17,500, and Wolf Trap Foundation, $7,500.
Additional Virginia-area funding included: Chatham Orchestra Institute of Mary Washington College, Fresdericksburg, $650; the Gallery of Modern Art, Federicksbury, $2,000; Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music, Winchester, $1,850; Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, Woodstock, $7,600; and the Virginia Crafts Council, Plains, $6,000.
Wolf Trap was also awarded $9,166 in restricted funds under a separate dance touring program and Arlington County Performing Arts was allocated $800 from the commission's artists-in-schools program.