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More Than $82 Million Awarded for Arts Projects Nationwide Includes $10,000 Awarded to Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

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DAYTON, OH (June 15, 2017) – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $10,000 to Dayton Performing Arts Alliance to support the Stained Glass Series of community concerts, performed in local churches by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra alongside local church choirs. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. 

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance in serving its community by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

“We are humbled and honored to receive this grant from the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Paul Helfrich, President and CEO of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. “This grant is an important vote of confidence in the work we are doing to serve the entire community and to matter to Dayton.  We are proud of this important recognition from a funder with a national perspective and truly appreciative of the agency’s support for our Stained Glass Series.”

The Dayton Philharmonic’s Stained Glass Concerts are part of a series of community outreach efforts called the Norma Ross Memorial Community Concerts in honor of the late Mrs. Norma Ross, a tireless advocate for music and minority youth.  The goals of this concert series are to celebrate the human spirit through the universal medium of music and to unite our Dayton community with the uplifting and inspirational sound when classical and gospel music come together under one roof. 

The 2016-2017 Stained Glass Series concludes this month with the following performance:

 • Sunday, June 25, 2017, 4:00 p.m. at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Dayton, OH

The 2017-2018 Stained Glass Concert Series will present three concerts as follows: 
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 5:00 p.m. at Inspiration Church, Dayton, OH

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m. at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Dayton, OH

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 5:00 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Trotwood, OH 

This NEA Art Works Grant, in combination with support from the Bob Ross Auto Group and the African-American Community Fund, allows the DPAA to present these concerts free to the public.  Generous seating is available at each church, and each concert is open to the Dayton community to come together in three separate afternoons of spiritual celebration.


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence. Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.
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