Arlington County will get its first urban park sculpture, and the Wolf Trap Foundation will study the impact of television advertising on its audience size under recent grants made by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
The $18,000 art-in-public-places award to Arlington will be used for a sculpture in a proposed new park in Rosslyn, said Steve Weinstock of the county planning division.
Plans are being made to name a six-member committee to choose the artist to do the sculpture. Selection will be on the basis of past work and will probably take place this winter, Weinstock said.
Rosslyn's first planned urban park and sculpture will be at the intersection of North Lynn Street and Fairfax and Fort Myer drives. The county must now seek citizen and foundation support to match the NEA grant, Weinstock said.
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts received two $25,000 grants, one a special projects award "to support production of television spots, television air time and to conduct a survey to determine the impact of expanded television advertising as part of Wolf Trap's audience development program," said Lea Dennison of NEA's grants office.
The second $25,000 award is to be used under the music program for career development and "continued support of the Wolf Trap company training and performance program for young American opera artist," NEA reported.
A third grant of $19,500 under the dance touring program will support a one-week residency at Wolf Trap by the Joffrey Ballet.
Two local grants were made under the endowment's architecture, planning and design program.
Nancy Sisk of The Associates, a graphic arts studio in Arlington, received $9,611 under the livable cities program to design and publish a booklet for local governments, individual organizations and public interest groups. The publication will serve as a guide for applying suggested and proven designs to make local communities more livable, Sisk reported.
Another design grant of $4,000 went to the IDSA (Industrial Designer Society of America) Walter Dorwin Teague Research Trust in McLean. This is a general programs award that supports ongoing activities, including surveys and studies of transportation, barrier free design, consumer design awareness and consumer product safety.
Charlotte Robinson of Adhibit Committee, Inc., Falls Church, said that her group was allocated $3,000 under the visual arts program's workshop-alternative spaces category.
The grant supports a collaborative project between women artist, who will design 12 original quilts, and selected craftswomen, who will make the quilts according to the artists' design.
Robinson said the group eventually plans to photograph the completed quilts and publish a catalog of the project.
In the music program category, NEA lists Patricia McGurk of Arlington as the recipient of a $1,000 jazz performance fellowship.
At least seven metropolitan area musicians benefited from a recent $143,320 NEA music program national impact grant made to the American Symphony Orchestra League in Vienna.
Supporting a wide variety of nationwide activities involving U.S. orchestras, the award allowed local instrumentalists to participate in a summer workshop for conductors and musicians.
Area participants included Janet Albright, Randy Bly, Amy Lavo and Kay Wharton of the Fairfax Symphony; Newton Pacht and James Eylward of the Arlington Symphony, and Marilyn Schwarner of the Northern Virginia Chamber Orchestra.