National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to YOSA for a January 2017 guest artist residency with soprano Shana Blake Hill and baritone Zachary Gordin. The Challenge America category supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as YOSA, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”
Shana Blake Hill and Zachary Gordin will appear as vocal soloists on the YOSA Philharmonic’s January 22 Gold Series concert, Mozart at the Opera, performing arias and duets from Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and The Magic Flute, During their guest artist residency, both singers will visit high school choirs in a wide variety of San Antonio neighborhoods, building connections with aspiring singers who will receive complimentary concert tickets. For complete information on the concert, visit https://www.tobincenter.org/box-office/2017-01/mozart-opera