DeKALB – Cor Cantiamo, Northern Illinois University’s ensemble in residence, will receive a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
NEA acting Chairwoman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal 2019. Included in this announcement is the Art Works grant of $10,000 to Cor Cantiamo for a commissioning project with acclaimed composer Libby Larsen.
Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category.
Larsen will create a work titled “Verdad,” a 15-minute work focusing on the experiences of Central American immigrants entering the U.S. The premiere performance will be presented Nov. 3, as part of a yearlong celebration of the 10th anniversary season of the ensemble.
In preparation for the premiere concert, Larsen will be in residence with Cor Cantiamo, where she will attend rehearsals and present lectures and master classes at NIU and at high schools in DeKalb County.
An important community outreach-based element of this project is a collaboration with the NIU Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and the Latinx Oral History Project, sponsored by CLLAS.
Stories from the oral history archives will be reviewed for potential libretto material, and the Latinx Oral History Project will be featured at the Nov. 3 concert through interactive stations in the lobby of the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the NIU Music Building.
For information about the Cor Cantiamo ensemble, visit www.corcantiamo.org.