For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelly Brilliant, Executive Director
The Fenway Alliance
Boston, MA – In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA has awarded a grant to The Fenway Alliance to deepen the experience of its annual Opening Our Doors festival through an intergenerational Opening Our Doors Arts Residency program (OAR). In partnership with local underserved youth and seniors, OAR uses the arts to engender deeper conversation and connection among participants. Two talented local artists and one talented local architect, Aithan Shapira, Norah Dooley, and Kim Poliquin, respectively, will lead a workshop at OAR Salons throughout the year, and create projects to showcase at the 16th annual Opening Our Doors. Workshops will encompass visual arts, storytelling, and green architectural design, and seek to foster meaningful dialogue between youth and seniors.
Through its grant-making to nonprofits across the US each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. NEA Chairman Jane Chu states, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funds for new projects such as The Fenway Alliance’s represent an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”
FA Executive Director Kelly Brilliant thanks the NEA for this investment: ‘We are honored to be awarded funding from the NEA. It enables us to deepen our longstanding Opening Our Doors festival experience for local youth and seniors-two populations who have much to offer each other and the Arts. We believe that art-making and conversations–led by experienced local Artists-are important ways to foster rich dynamic place-making”.
The Fenway Alliance
The Fenway Alliance is a consortium of 21 globally renowned cultural and academic institutions located in the Fenway. Our collective goal is to build community and enhance the District, creating a 5-mile area that remains and grows in its uniquely rich academic and cultural offerings, and its beautiful parklands. We create and sustain the Fenway Cultural District (officially designated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in March 2012). Our free cultural programs, including Opening Our Doors, TEDxFenway, PreXFenway, and our public art initiative, Public By Design, support Boston’s creative and community sectors, enhance the area’s sense of identity, and allow people of all socioeconomic backgrounds to experience and contribute to the Fenway’s cultural place-making. [For a listing of our members, please visit www.fenwayculture.org].