NEA award for local choir

Some organizations are so consistently excellent that it’s not surprising when major funders sit up and take notice. Vox Femina is definitely one of those ensembles. Congratulations to all the folks at Vox, as well our own Christina Whitten Thomas, for this exciting collaboration and well-deserved recognition! Press release attached below

VOX Receives NEA Award

We are excited to share that VOX has been awarded a 2022 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the new commission by composer Christina Whitten Thomas, entitled ‘Resilient Voices,’ which will be performed as part of VOX’s April concert Music They Wrote. VOX’s project is among 1,248 projects across America that were selected in the Grants for Arts Projects category.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects like this one from VOX Femina that help support the community’s creative economy,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. “VOX Femina is among the arts organizations nationwide that are using the arts as a source of strength, a path to well-being, and providing access and opportunity for people to connect and find joy through the arts.

”The new commission pairs composer Christina Whitten Thomas with writer Marian Partee, whose previous collaborations include “And I Shall Sing” and “Mother’s Word.” The multi-movement piece focuses on women artists of the past, present, and future, across different artistic genres and will include both a multi-media piece and a collaboration with CONTRA Tiempo Activist Dance Theatre choreographer and dancer Janett Galdamez. VOX Femina has previously premiered work composed by Whitten Thomas, most recently during the 20th anniversary season in 2016-2017 when the choir commissioned her piece “Kindness.”

“We are so grateful for the renewed support of the National Endowment for the Arts in our 25th anniversary season,” said VOX Femina Executive Director Rebecca Wink. “This grant will allow VOX to continue pursuing our mission to ‘give women voice’ and to work with distinguished artists like Christina Whitten Thomas. To incorporate her new piece in our concert dedicated to all of the commissioning work VOX has done in the past 25 years is a privilege that is only possible thanks to the NEA.”

We hope you will join us in April for this exciting new work, as well as other commissions from the past 25 years of VOX!

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