March 15, 2002
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE ANNOUNCES MAJOR GRANT FROM THE ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION
THREE-YEAR GRANT TO FUND THE CREATION OF NEW WORKS
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has appropriated $1.2 million to American Ballet Theatre to support the creation and presentation of new work, it was announced today by ABT Executive Director Wallace Chappell.
The Mellon Foundation award, intended for use over three years, will aid in the commissioning of new works and provide support and exposure for both prominent and emerging choreographers. Earlier this year, ABT also received one of 46 grants given by The Foundation as part of a $50 million initiative to assist New York arts and cultural organizations in the aftermath of the events of September 11.
Of the award, Wallace Chappell said, ‚ÄúThe support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has been invaluable to ABT‚Äôs efforts to expand its repertory. The Foundation‚Äôs past commissioning grants have provided valuable exposure for new choreography and we look forward to building on this tremendous success. This generous grant will also facilitate the planned expansion of our annual fall season at City Center from two to four weeks in 2003.‚Äù
The Mellon Foundation‚Äôs previous grant to American Ballet Theatre was awarded in 1998. Funding from that award enabled the Company to commission new works by choreographers Nacho Duato, Lar Lubovitch and Christian Holder during the 1998, 1999 and 2000 City Center seasons.
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