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Mexican American Opera Receives National Award


National Endowment for the Arts Award includes $15,000.00 to Opera Cultura in support of Bless Me, Ultima - The Opera.

San Jose Ca —In its first 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. Today, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $15,000.00 to Opera Cultura

The award will support the commission, development, and workshop presentations of "Bless Me, Ultima" a Mexican-American opera by composer/librettist Hector Armienta. The opera is based on Rudolfo Anaya's epic novel of the same title. Other funders include Alcario and Carmen Castellano,  the Knight Foundation, and members of the Bless Me Ultima Donor Circle.

“ The NEA has once again demonstrated a committment to support new work and artists that strive to tell the stories of our community. It is a deep honor to have Bless Me Ultima receive such recognition” , Héctor Armienta - composer/librettist. 

The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.