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ARTS COUNCIL FUNDS GO TO 35.

NEW YORK CITY--Thirty-five Manhattan-based choreographers and dance organizations received more than $70,000 in grant money from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Fund for Creative Communities (FCC) last month. Managed by Dorothy Desir-Davis, the fund supports artists committed to working with particular communities. Winners of this year's grants include dancemakers Risa Jaroslaw, and Jody Oberfelder, Sheila Kaminsky, and organizations Free Range Arts, the American Dance Guild, and Harlem Dance Academy.

The applications range from outreach programs to performances to video projects. Julie Ludwig of Fly By Night Dance Theater was awarded a $1,000 FCC grant last year, which enabled the trapeze company to perform its aerial feats free to children under eighteen at the Teacher's College Gym of Columbia University. Not only did the spectators admire the dancing, but also they were given paper and crayons to create their own art during the show. "It goes into the kids' dream world," explains Ludwig. "There are a lot of big eyes."

Ludwig says the LMCC is "very involved" in enabling fledgling companies to become legitimate organizations. Desir-Davis reinforces this idea, describing the technical assistance programs that the fund offers in order to help companies "identify who they are and where they would like to be."

"I think the LMCC has a very special kind of application that encourages groups to become business-like, official," says Ludwig. She adds that grant money, no matter what the amount, distinguishes a company. "Once you've been funded it's easier to attract recognition. It's a boost." This year Fly By Night received $2,000 from the fund.
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Author:MATTINGLY, KATE
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Date:Jan 1, 2000
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