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  • Threadhead Cultural Foundation Grant Awards

    OK Threadheads, you've again out-done yourselves... a Grand Total of $65,000 was just awarded in the 2019 Round 11 Threadhead Cultural Foundation Grants, our biggest total yet!! 22 projects awarded from 43 applicants.. a 25% increase. We thank ALL who applied in a stellar group that made for some very hard decisions this year. We love ALL who helped make this a reality and continue to amaze year in and year out. From chat boards to Ms Lena's Krewe, to a backyard Patry & Jenn's Fest4Kids too.. we keep Mr. Toussaint's words alive: "I know we can, YES we can can why can't we if we wanna get together we can work it out".

  • #2
    Awesome. Is there a list of the Round 11 recipients?

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    • #3
      They'll be announced once every few days as they sign and return their agreements. I'll do some copy and pasting from FB to here. And eventually, all will be on our web page.

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      • #4
        Congrats to the winners.

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        • #5
          The first of 22 Grant recipients in Round 11 is Sascha Just for ELLIS, a deeply personal film which chronicles Ellis Marsalis’ life, his struggles building a career and raising a family during segregation, his unique teaching methods and the far reach of his contributions to modern jazz through interviews with Ellis, with his sons Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason, and with students and fellow musicians. Interlaced with archival footage and family photos we meet Ellis at home, the house where he has lived with his late wife for over thirty years, and other iconic locations in New Orleans, accompany him to his regular gigs, and capture his concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Snug Harbor, and the Marsalis Center for Music (a solo concert exclusively performed for the film). For more info go to www.facebook.com/EllisMarsalistheFilm/ and to help future projects like this become a member of THCF at www.thcfnola.org/membership/

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          • #6
            The second of this year's Threadhead Grants goes to Dance for Social Change (DSC), a year-round arts and leadership program that supports New Orleans' high school artists in developing new artistic skills, self- and social awareness, and tools for social justice organizing. Youth from across the city will work with professional dancers, musicians, poets, and visual artists to create original, site-adaptive performance pieces about pressing issues facing their communities. This year, they will present an original performance about gentrification and displacement at the Contemporary Arts Center on March 28-29, 2020, and subsequently tour the piece to local festivals and community events. For more on Dancing Grounds programs go to http://www.dancingrounds.org/ and to help us fund more of these type projects go to https://www.thcfnola.org/membership/

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            • #7
              A 3rd Threadhead Grant in Round 11 went to New Orleans Airlift to assist in presenting an immersive and interactive musical performance at their flagship site, the Music Box Village, that will celebrate the collaborative album recording of Lost Bayou Rambler’s Eric Heigle and Big Chiefs Romeo Bougere and Jermaine Cooper Bossier of the 79rs Mardi Gras Indian Gang entitled “Expect the Unexpected.” A 2017 Grammy Winner, Heigle will be bringing his expertise in Louisiana Cajun music and progressive styles of the state’s other traditional music forms; the 79rs Gang will bring their amazing talents in Black Indian song and dance together with Heigle to perform original songs from their joint album, and more. Heigle and the 79rs will be using the interactive musical houses of the Music Box Village in their realization of the music. For more on N.O. Airlift go to https://www.neworleansairlift.org and to become a member of THCF go to https://www.thcfnola.org/membership/

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              • #8
                Our 4th Threadhed Grant in Round 11 goes to Borealis Rex to finish recording and pressing a vinyl LP being produced and engineered by Ben Mumphrey at the legendary Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, LA. An early release of a single off this forthcoming album has been in radio rotation nationwide, including on Sirius XM. Borealis Rex is slated to be a showcasing artist at SXSW 2020 in Austin this year. Borealis Rex is an American rock band hailing from South Louisiana and New Orleans. The band’s organic sound blends hot guitars and harmonies. Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Chance Casteel fronts this garage-roots-rock band. Guitarist, songwriter, and Louisiana Music Hall of Famer Bill Davis brings the swamp grease. Not shy with the harmonies, catchy and blues-indebted, Borealis Rex’s music is modern yet homespun—fully amped Americana--wholly new but reminiscent of 70s rock icons at their best. For more on Borealis Rex go to https://www.borealisrex.com/ and to help fund more local artists and projects go to https://www.thcfnola.org/membership/ !

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                • #9
                  A 5th Threadhead Grant was awarded this round to Make Music NOLA (MMN). Founded in September 2011 under the name, “Youth Orchestra of the Lower 9th Ward”, this program began with just five students in a converted Walgreens on Saint Claude Avenue. Although the program has expanded to eight locations around the city, including four charter schools and four community centers, the mission remains the same. MMN was founded to foster academic achievement, cultivate artistic expression, and promote the healthy growth of children in New Orleans through culturally relevant music instruction and performance. Through consistency, discipline, and a supportive community, MMN strives to create opportunity and access for students from underserved communities. MMN now provides high quality music instruction for over 400 students each year in K-4 general music classes and group string classes. MMN primarily offers instruction on the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Additionally, all students enrolled in our programs perform over fifteen community-based concerts each year, participate in guest artist visits and workshops, and have the opportunity to audition for summer camp scholarships. This year, MMN students have performed at the Grand Opening for the Louisiana Children's Museum, the St. Louis Cathedral with Opera Creole, and on WWL Eyewitness News with T-Ray the Violinist. For more info on MMN click https://www.makemusicnola.org/ and to join the fun of supporting these great programs go to https://www.thcfnola.org/membership/

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                  • #10
                    The 6th of 22 THCF Grants awarded in Round 11 goes to Save The Music (STM) to assist in their efforts to help local students, schools, and communities reach their full potential through the power of making music. With Threadhead support, STM will provide pre-K-5th grade students at a qualifying New Orleans public school in the 2020-21 school year with an ‘Intro to Music Grant,’ which includes 150+ general music instruments (world drums, xylophones, hand-held percussion, triangles, tambourines, boomwhackers, recorders), as well as method books, professional development for music teachers, and program support for a 10-year period. Building off of a 2018 Music Education Convening meeting in NOLA, which included educators, national funders and city, school and district leaders discussing the future of music education in New Orleans, STM teamed up with Artist Corps New Orleans and New Orleans Arts Education Alliance to close the music education gaps that exist in the 30+ schools throughout the city, ensuring that every child has access to a quality music education. Since 1998, STM has jumpstarted 29 music education programs in New Orleans, and assisted schools post-Katrina by taking responsibility for all damaged instruments as students returned to the city. In 2015, STM also stepped in to help provide up to 10 full-time music instructors in St. John the Baptist Parish School District, ending a 12-year drought in music education there. To learn more about Save The Music, please visit www.savethemusic.org and to donate or become a THCF Member check out https://www.thcfnola.org/membership/

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                    • #11
                      I love reading about the projects- this round's recipients are particularly inspiring. Thanks to the THCF for all that you do.

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                      • #12
                        I just return the thanks to all the folks who participate in the raffle and Patry, the grant committee, etc. It's a good-sized village.

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                        • #13
                          A 7th Threadhead Grant in Round 11 went to support Keith Burnstein for his new record Things That Are Heavy Make Me Feel Light. It is songwriter and film composer Keith Burnstein's first studio album since The Mumble's 2014 release Syncopatience. Keith is writing a new American songbook, one that draws as much from Tin Pan Alley as it does from modern geniuses like Jeff Tweedy, Dr. John, and Amon Tobin. "The songs, while instantly familiar, remain very much their own creations" (Secret Sound Shop), "combining the bedroom intimacy of a singer-songwriter" (Seven Days VT) with the rich harmonic palette of jazz, electronic, and "world" musics. For more about Keith go to http://www.keithburnstein.com and to help us support more projects like this go to https://www.thcfnola.org/membership/

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                          • #14
                            I had to miss it this year due to my mom having some unexpected issues--pacemaker and double stent a week apart--but it's really fun and inspiring to be part of the selection committee and to have some input. All you have to do to be eligible to give opinions on your faves and participate in the skype discussions is become an official member of the foundation through your donation. I feel like it has to be $100 each year to be an official member but festbabe can confirm. We give input and Paul Cooper, a board member, leads us. The foundation board makes the final decisions.

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                            • #15
                              I'll post a double today....

                              An 8th Threadhead Grant this cycle goes to Laura Berard Huval (of the award-winning band Sweet Cecilia) who will be releasing her solo debut album, “It’s Never Too Late” in the spring of 2020. The album will feature original faith based songs that reflect the rich musical style of Louisiana. Tony Daigle, the Grammy winning engineer and producer, along with an all-star band will record at the legendary Dockside Studio in Milton, Louisiana. “The grant from the Threadhead Cultural Foundation will allow me to utilize the best recording facilities, musicians, and sound engineers in the Acadiana Region. I am truly honored and humbled by this great honor”. For more info on Laura go to https://laurahuval.com/ and for more on helping support our local arts and artists go to https://www.thcfnola.org/membership/

                              A 9th Threadhead Grant in Round 11 was awarded to The Lafayette Community M.I.Brary (musical instrument library). Launched in the summer of 2018 after being awarded $5000 by the 24 Hour Citizen Project, M.I.Brary had over 20 musical instruments, including guitars, acccordions, rubboards, drums, keyboards, banjos, violins, and more. After 1 year, the M.I.Brary had 110 check-outs. The demand for trying musical instruments before buying them is high, therefore the M.I.Brary needs to buy more instruments! The funds provided by the Threadhead Cultural Foundation will help us to meet the demands of M.I.Brary patrons, some of whom have never had access to musical instruments, so the grant will help us assist them in exploring their musical potential. More information on M.I.Brary can be found at http://facebook.com/mibrary and http://lafayettepubliclibrary.org/mibrary. To help fund more valuable community projects like this go to https://www.thcfnola.org/membership/ and join the joy of keeping our regional music heritage alive!

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