Last July, I submitted a collection of my poetry to the Maryland State Arts Council for consideration in their 2017 Individual Artist Award competition, which is judged solely on artistic merit. I am absolutely delighted and honored to be the recipient of the highest level of this award.
The primary piece was a journey through a soldier’s experience in the South Pacific Theater during WWII. This work, The Gray Box, is being developed into a performance piece for stage.
Below is the Maryland State Arts Council’s press release. I am proud and honored to be counted in the company of such talented Artists.
Maryland State Arts Council Announces 2017
Individual Artist Award Recipients
$245,000 awarded to 88 outstanding Maryland artists
BALTIMORE (April 11, 2017)—The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, announced that $245,000 has been awarded to 88 Maryland artists through the 2017 Individual Artist Awards (IAA). This year, the MSAC received submissions from 348 applicants.
“We are thrilled to recognize these outstanding artists for their contributions to the cultural fabric of our state,” said Julie Madden, MSAC Interim Executive Director. “As one of the state arts councils with the longest-running programs in the country to honor accomplishments of individual artists, we feel it is important to recognize their significant contributions to Maryland’s overall vitality.”
Awardees will be honored during a late June ceremony at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and will receive individual grants of $1,000, $3,000 or $6,000 in recognition of their outstanding achievement and in support of their continued artistic growth.
“The awards have been critical to my ability to continue my work as a dancer and choreographer in Maryland,” said three-time awardee Christopher K. Morgan, a dance artist and choreographer from Montgomery County who received the 2017 IAA for Solo Dance Performance. “The awards always seem to arrive at a critical moment, bridging a necessary funding gap in my creative life. And the affirmation from a national jury of my artistic peers and from the community in which I live and create is incredibly meaningful.”
The MSAC’s competitive IAA Program is administered in partnership with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and recognizes artists in 18 disciplines divided into three groups with awards presented in each discipline every three years. This year’s awardees represented the fields of Classical Music Composition, Classical Music Solo Performance, Dance Choreography, Dance Solo Performance, World Music Composition, World Music Solo Performance, Poetry, and Sculpture and were chosen, based solely on artistic merit, by an out-of-state jury of discipline-specific experts.
“I am deeply grateful to receive an award,” said Dr. Lalita Noronha, recipient of a 2017 IAA for poetry. “Emily Dickinson wrote, ‘Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.’ The MIAA offers hope to writers, poets, musicians, and visual and performing artists who are the creative and collective soul of our state.”
The full list of 2017 IAA awardees can be found here. The 2018 IAA application period opens in May 2017, with a deadline of July 21, 2017. Eligible categories for 2018 include Non-Classical Music Composition, Non-Classical Music Solo Performance, Playwriting, Visual Arts Crafts, and Visual Arts Photography. IAA Program and application information can be found on MSAC’s website here.
About Maryland State Arts Council
A part of the Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Maryland State Arts Council grantees generate $1 billion in economic activity and support more than 12,155 jobs and $49 million in state and local tax revenue. (Source: Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland: FY 2014) For information, call (410) 767-6555 or TTY (410) 333-4519.