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AV-260599-18

Aquila Theatre Company Inc. (New York, NY 10003-6671)
Peter Meineck (Project Director: October 2017 to present)
Desiree Sanchez (Co Project Director: April 2018 to present)

Citizen Soldiers: Ancient and Modern Expressions of War

A training program for sixteen discussion leaders, leading to three veteran discussion series and one large-scale public event on war-related themes in classical Greek and contemporary American sources. 

Citizen Soldiers-Ancient and Modern Expressions of War is the third year of a successful program that brings together veterans and their family members, scholars and public education staff to be trained to land discussion programs that connect classical Greek literature with ancient artworks and contemporary literature by American veterans. After an in-depth training program, discussion leaders will present three discussion programs in New York - at New York University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Society for Artistic Veterans.

Project fields:
Classics

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,312 (approved)
$99,312 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2019


AV-255518-17

Aquila Theatre Company Inc. (New York, NY 10003-6671)
Peter Meineck (Project Director: November 2016 to present)

Our Trojan War: Ancient and Modern Expressions

Four ten-week veteran discussion groups and two public events on war-related themes in ancient Greek art and literature and modern American literature, to be conducted in the New York City area.

Our Trojan War – Ancient and Modern Expressions of War is the second year of a program that brings together veterans and their family members, scholars and public education staff to be trained to lead discussion and public programs that connects classical Greek literature with ancient artworks and contemporary literature by American veterans. After a five-week bi-weekly in-depth training program, discussion leaders will present four 10-week discussion programs in New York - at New York University, Columbia University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Society for Artistic Veterans at the American Red Cross in New York City.

Project fields:
Classics

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$99,812 (approved)
$99,812 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2018


GW-254076-17

Aquila Theatre Company Inc. (New York, NY 10003-6671)
Peter Meineck (Project Director: August 2016 to present)

The Warrior Chorus: Our Trojan War

The Warrior Chorus: Our Trojan War—is a major national humanities program that will present the new works of American veterans based on ancient works of literature that deal with the effects and aftermath of the Trojan War. The Warrior Chorus: Our Trojan War will train veterans in four regional centers to develop their own work inspired by ancient literature and to present scholar-led public programming at 36 locations, and participate in the innovative use of social media, including a specially developed app, web cast events, and the dynamic use of social networking.

Project fields:
Classics

Program:
Community Conversations

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2019


AV-248464-16

Aquila Theatre Company Inc. (New York, NY 10003-6671)
Peter Meineck (Project Director: September 2015 to present)

Between Athens and Afghanistan: Ancient and Modern Expressions of War

Four veteran discussion groups and two large-scale public events focused on war-related themes in classical and contemporary literature and other art forms, to be conducted at locations in the greater New York City area.
 

Between Athens and Afghanistan – Ancient and Modern Expressions of War is a new program that will bring together veterans, scholars and public education staff to be trained to lead discussion and public programs that connect classic ancient Greek drama with ancient artworks and contemporary literature by American veterans. After an in-depth training program, discussion leaders will present four discussion programs in New York - at New York University, Columbia University, the Society for Artistic Veterans at the American Red Cross, and at The John Jay Homestead in Katonah, NY. The program will inspire people to reflect on the connections between the culture of the ancient Greeks and issues affecting the veteran community today; it will train scholars and veterans to lead the four discussion groups and other humanities public programming formats, and it will be anchored by two large public events at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Project fields:
Classics

Program:
Dialogues on the Experience of War

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$98,512 (approved)
$98,512 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2017


GI-228366-15

Aquila Theatre Company Inc. (New York, NY 10003-6671)
Peter Meineck (Project Director: August 2014 to present)

The Warrior Chorus: A Humanities in Action Project

Implementation of a public discussion program featuring veterans engaging in staged readings of Greek drama, scholar-led discussion, and web dissemination of program content.

"The Warrior Chorus" is a new national humanities program that will train veterans to offer public programming based on classical literature and its connections to the experiences of people who have served in the military. "The Warrior Chorus" will train 100 veterans in 4 regional centers to present scholar-led public programming at 20 locations, and will participate in the innovative use of New Media, including a specially developed app, live-streamed events and social networking. "The Warrior Chorus" uses classical texts to inspire people to reflect on the connections between the works of the ancient Greeks and the issues they reflect in their own lives; it brings members of the public together with the American veteran community to experience live stagings, readings, workshops, lectures, and discussions; and it provides a rich contextual frame for ancient literature to inspire in-depth public discussions about war, comradeship, country, home and family, amongst other critical topics.

Project fields:
Classics

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 4/30/2017


GI-50531-13

Aquila Theatre Company Inc. (New York, NY 10003-6671)
Peter Meineck (Project Director: August 2012 to present)

YouStories: Classics, Conversation, Connection

Implementation of scholar-led reading/performance and discussion programs in 20 locations, a website, and a mobile app focused on the ways classical Greek and Roman drama continue to resonate today for veteran and public audiences.

"YouStories: Classics-Conversation-Connection" is a major new national humanities program that brings members of the veteran community together with the public to read, watch, learn from and discuss classical literature. YouStories connects grass roots local in-person public programming at 20 locations with Americans nationwide, via the innovative use of New Media, such as a specially developed YouStories app, live-streamed events and the dynamic use of social networking.

Project fields:
Classics

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$380,000 (approved)
$380,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2013 – 9/30/2015

Funding details:
Original grant (2013) $0
Supplement (2014) $80,000


GI-50176-10

Aquila Theatre Company Inc. (New York, NY 10003-6671)
Peter Meineck (Project Director: August 2009 to present)

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry-Drama-Dialogue

Implementation of a national program series exploring classical literature, to be presented at 100 libraries and performing arts centers in 20 states.

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry-Drama-Dialogue is a major national humanities program traveling to 100 public libraries and art centers across America focusing on inner-city, rural and underserved communities with a mission to inspire people to come together to read, see, and think about classical literature and how it continues to influence and invigorate American cultural life. This extensive new program unites the assets of the Aquila Theater Company, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), the American Philological Association (APA), the Center for Ancient Studies at New York University (NYU) and the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC (CHS) and will take place from May 2010 to April 2013 and will be presented in at least 20 states. We are requesting a Chairman's Special Award of $998,800 towards a project costing $1,729,345.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$800,000 (approved)
$800,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2010 – 4/30/2013


GI-50019-08

Aquila Theatre Company Inc. (New York, NY 10003-6671)
Peter Meineck (Project Director: January 2008 to present)

Page and Stage: Theatre, Tradition, and Culture in America

Implementation of a series of reading and performance discussion programs in seven states and a website about how the themes of classical Greek and Roman drama continue to resonate today across a variety of racial and ethnic subcultures.

Page and Stage: Theater, Tradition and Culture in America is an in-depth partnership between the library and the theater. This project will place live theatrical events, reading groups and lectures in public libraries to inspire people to come together and read, see, and think about classical literature and how it continues to influence and invigorate American cultural life. The Aquila Theater Company, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), the American Philological Association (APA) and the Center for Ancient Studies at New York University will develop and guide this program that will forge a unique partnership between 16 public libraries with their local performing arts centers. The program will take place from March 2009 to May 2010 and will be hosted by Brooklyn, Memphis, Newark, Topeka, Lawrence, Los Angeles and Los Angeles County, Fort Lauderdale, Nashville, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Newcastle, NY, Queens, NY, San Diego, White Plains, NY and Newport News, VA.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$292,585 (approved)
$292,585 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2008 – 3/31/2010