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Ririe-Woodbury gets $45,000 grant from the NEA

Deseret News

Published: Saturday, May 12 2012 3:00 p.m. MDT

The National Endowment for the Arts recently awarded a $45,000 Art Works grant to Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.

"We are thrilled that the NEA continues to view Ririe-Woodbury as playing a critical role in the creation of new works, community outreach and dance education on a local, national and international level," Jena Woodbury, the managing director of Ririe-Woodbury, said in a news release.

The company will use the money to support its dance education events and performances in Colorado, Georgia and Idaho. Specifically, the education project will include lecture-demonstrations, creative movement classes, teacher workshops, open rehearsals, master classes, parent/child workshops and artist talks.

Based in Salt Lake City and founded in 1964 by two University of Utah dance professors, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is known throughout the nation for its dance education programs and contemporary dance performances. The company has also toured internationally, including in the British Isles, Canada, China, eastern and western Europe, Singapore, South Africa and France.

NEA awarded 788 Art Works grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide, investing a total of $24.81 million in its mission to support the creation of excellent art and public interaction with and lifelong learning in the arts.

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