After 32 years as a biennial program nurturing employees’ arts related endeavors, Great Performances, New York City’s leading catering company, has revamped its precedent-setting Fellowship Awards for 2016 to become an annual initiative, expanded the number of grants from three to four and increased their monetary value by $1000 to $5000 each. The new annual Fellowship Awards will continue to recognize outstanding employees who are pursuing artistic careers while simultaneously contributing to the success of Great Performances. This year’s four winners, as determined by an independent panel of judges with significant ties to the arts, will be announced on Monday, March 7!
Created to help Great Performances’ employees with specific projects that will further their artistic careers in a meaningful way, the Fellowship Awards were established in 1984 with two grants for $1000. Over the years, the number of awardees increased to three, while the grants climbed to $3000 and then $4000 and now, in 2016, $5000 for each of four winners for the first time. Fellowship Awards winners must complete their projects within a year of receipt of their grants.
The judges who decided on the creative merits and viability of the 2016 winners’ projects are: noted philanthropist Diana Roesch DiMenna; Jeffrey Hayden, CEO of Caramoor Center for the Performing Arts; Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theater Wing; and author Jean Hanff Korelitz.
Former winners of the Great Performances s Fellowship Awards grants and their projects include: Anthony Wills (2013) for his artist collective, Artistic Pride Productions, to produce the play, Pride from the Door by Tanesha Ford; Kathryn Anible (2013) for The Leafy Green Cookbook – 100 Creative, Flavorful Recipes Starring Super-Healthy Kale, Chard, Spinach, Bok Choy, Collards and More; and Chris Corporandy (2014) an actor with a special skill with accents and dialects, who will use the grant to seek certification by the Knight-Thompson Speech Work organization as an accent, dialect, and speech teacher. Read about other past winners here.
Founded in 1979 as a part-time staffing agency for women in the arts, Great Performances continues to employ many performing and visual artists, as well as writers, whose talents the Fellowship Awards were created to nurture. Another element of Great Performances‘ ongoing appreciation of the arts is the fact the company counts a number of New York City’s most outstanding cultural institutions as longstanding clients, including BAM, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Signature Theatre and Apollo Theater.