May 12, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sara King Cole, Marketing Director, direct line: 541-690-3849
MEDFORD, OR — Britt Music & Arts Festival is pleased to announce the receipt of a $10,000 grant from the Imagine Your Parks initiative from the National Endowment for the Arts. The initiative was created in partnership with the National Park Service to support projects that use the arts to engage people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System. This grant award will support Britt’s concerts at Crater Lake National Park on July 29-30. The award is one of 50 grants in 27 states for Imagine Your Parks.
Music Director Teddy Abrams and members of the Britt Orchestra will perform at Crater Lake National Park on July 29-30. Britt has commissioned composer Michael Gordon to write the new work, which is inspired by Crater Lake. The new piece (title TBA) will feature a 40-member orchestra, 15 members of Steiger Butte Drum, percussion and brass students from Southern Oregon University, and a regional choir made up of about 50 voices. There will be six performances of the work over two days. Visit brittfest.org for information on times and locations.
In addition to the Imagine Your Parks award, Britt has received funding for this project from the Neuman Hotel Group, the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, through the Creative Heights Initiative, James M. Collier, The Joe & Frances Naumes Family Foundation, and Britt Society.
About the National Park Service
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. To learn more about the National Park Service, visit www.nps.gov.
About the NEA
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through September 2016. Go to arts.gov/50th to enjoy art stories from around the nation, peruse Facts & Figures, and check out the anniversary calendar.
About Britt Music & Arts Festival
Inspired by its intimate and scenic hillside venue, Britt Music & Arts Festival provides diverse live performances, an incomparable classical festival and dynamic education programs that create a sense of discovery and community. Since its grassroots beginnings in 1963, the non-profit organization has grown from a two-week chamber music festival to a summer-long series of concerts in a variety of genres, including a three-week Classical Festival, and year-round education and engagement programs. For more information, visit www.brittfest.org.