St. Augustine—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 First Coast Opera for its March 2017 Florida premiere production of The Trial of B. B. Wolf. The Challenge America category supports primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.
“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as First Coast Opera, 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.”
“We couldn’t be more proud,” said FCO Board President Michele Bova. “This is our first grant from the NEA, and it shows that our company, based right here in Saint Augustine, is recognized for growing, both in scope and quality, and reaching a larger audience base.”
The Trial of B. B. Wolf is a family –friendly opera written by FCO Artistic Director,
Curtis Tucker and collaborator Nelson Sheeley.
It will be performed as part of a double bill of courtroom comedies, along with Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, at Ancient City Baptist Church, St. Augustine, FL
on March 16, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. and March 18, 2017, at 4 p.m. as part of First Coast Opera’s 2016-17 season. Tucker and Sheeley will also present free public workshops on Playwriting/Libretto Development and Auditioning for the Stage. For more information about FCO, and Artistic Director Curtis Tucker visit http://www.firstcoastopera.com.
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.