Island moving Co.

More Than $82 Million Awarded for Arts Projects Nationwide

Includes $10,000 awarded to Island Moving Co.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016.

Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $10,000 to Island Moving Co to fund site specific dance in Newport landscapes. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

“The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like the one from Island Moving Co. offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

“The NEA has supported our Open for Dancing festival with two awards over the years,” said IMC Executive Director Dominique Alfandre.  “We are thrilled that they have extended their support to a new site specific project in the spirit of Open for Dancing.  Miki Ohlsen’s new production, Second Star to the Right: A Tale of Hook and Pan, takes up the important threads of our biennial festival: artistic collaboration, non-profit partnership, the participation of community members, all in a stunning Newport setting.  We appreciate the NEA’s adventurous spirit in supporting this new project with the Fort Adams Trust and the Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry.”

More information about Second Star to the Right will be available after its official announcement at the Island Moving Co.’s Nuit Blanche summer gala on July 8th.  Tickets will be available for the September performances at

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