Gamelan Sekar Jaya
Gamelan Sekar Jaya, located in Berkeley, California works to foster artistic exchange between Bali and the United States through residencies, workshops, and performances, as well as the creation of new works of music. The grant will help support a series of events in October 2019 to celebrate 40 years of cultural exchange, specifically the main performance featuring all five of the organization's ensembles and led by GSJ's founding music director, I Wayan Suweca.
The University of Georgia
The Willson Center for Humanities & Arts at the University of Georgia aims to promote research and creativity through initiatives including research grants, lectures, visiting scholars, and performances. In collaboration with the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at UGA, the grant will help fund Indonesia Week, a public festival of Indonesian culture taking place from March 30-April 4, 2020. The free festival will feature performances by Indonesian musicians, films on Indonesian music culture, a symposium on Indonesian music, art, cultural, and religious practices, and various workshops and exhibitions on traditional fabric arts, culinary arts, dance, and music.
Gamelan Kusuma Laras
Based in New York, NY, Gamelan Kusuma Laras is a group formed at the Indonesian Consulate 35 years ago that seeks to foster the development and appreciation of traditional Javanese orchestral music across the country by private study, rehearsal, and public performance. This grant will go towards the formation of an annual free klenengan, an intimate gathering of both musicians and audience in a casual setting from evening to the wee hours of the morning, to the public in 2020 through 2022 at the New York Indonesian Consulate.
Arts Focus SEA
Arts Focus Southeast Asia, based in Honolulu, Hawai'i, aims to promote and foster an appreciation of the arts of Southeast Asia through education, performance, preservation, collaboration, and innovation. The grant will support their outreach initiative to bring art education in the forms of performance demonstrations and workshops of Balinese Wayang Listrik, including Gamelan music, dance, and puppetry, to school and community audiences in Hawai'i.
Katonah Village Library
Katonah Village Library of Katonah, NY, is a community resource that provides a collection of books and media, professional service, and a safe environment for cultural programs, exhibitions, and events. The grant will be used to fund a lecture demonstration and performance of Javanese Wayang shadow puppet led by Prof. Sumarsam and I.M. Harjito from Wesleyan University, along with guest musicians, in May 2020, as part of their "Music of the World" series.
A performing arts non-profit in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and Midwest, Sumunar's mission is to promote an understanding and appreciation of Indonesian music, dance, and culture through performances, community classes, and workshops. The grant will go to support a collaborative project, inspired by the recent increase in Islamophobia in the US, that combines hip hop with gamelan. It will culminate in a public performance with the hopes that the community will benefit from this project and increase understanding and respect for Muslims.
Alex Dea, an independent ethnomusicologist, was awarded a grant to facilitate his donation of rare audio and video recordings of central Javanese performing arts to the World Music Archive at Wesleyan University
A Javanese arts and culture organization located in Buffalo, New York, Nusantara Arts organizes the gamelan group Sari Raras Irama, hosts classes and community outreach programs, and aims to spark dialogue about inclusion and cooperation through the experience of music and art. Nusantara Arts will be using the grant to fund two wayang performances, a community based Javanese art form incorporating 2D shadow puppet theatre and gamelan orchestra music, and the sponsorship of Javanese guest artists at these events. They will be performing "Gathutkaca Winisudha: Gathutkca's Coronation" on June 6th and July 14th at Kleinhans Music Hall and ArtPark, respectively.