See footage from our Bhangra residency below...

RECEIVES A $10,000
to support

Bringing World Dance Traditions
to Whatcom County

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu recently announced that Kuntz and Company is one of only 163 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America grant. Kuntz and Company is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support three dance residencies by artists from different cultures. Artists under consideration include choreographer Etienne Cakpo from Benin, West Africa; artist Silvio Aleixo Dos Reis who specializes in capoeira, a Brazilian art form; and a company devoted to Bhangra, a dance tradition from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "I'm pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Challenge America including the award to Kuntz and Company.  The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.” On receiving the grant Pam Kuntz, artistic director of Kuntz and Company said, “Receiving this grant is an incredible honor and great opportunity. We are excited to share these dance traditions with our community here in Whatcom County.” With another $10,000 in matching contributions these residencies promise to be rich experiences for many. At this time, partners in the grant include Carl Cozier Elementary, the Whatcom Family and Community Network, Allied Arts, the College of Fine and Performing Arts at WWU, Sterling Meadows, and several individuals.  

The Challenge America category supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. The NEA received 347 eligible Challenge America applications and will award 163 grants for a total of $1.63 million.  

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Challenge America support, please visit the NEA website at Follow the conversation about this and other NEA‐funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014.

For more information about “Bringing World Dance Traditions to Whatcom County” contact Pam at or
360-510-4711. Specific dates, locations, and artists will be announced in early February.

residency information

WEDNESDAY October 28th

* Class at Carl Cozier Elementary for all first grade students

* Class at Van Zandt Hall (open to the public) 7:30-9:00 PM

THURSDAY October 29th

* Class at Carl Cozier Elementary for all first grade students

* Performance at Van Zandt Hall (open to the public) 7:00-8:00 PM

FRIDAY October 30th 

* All school morning assembly, Carl Cozier Elementary
For Carl Cozier students, staff and community

* All school afternoon assembly, Sunnyland Elementary
For Sunnyland students, staff and community


Thanks to Manimou Camara and Jessica Towns-Camara for making this happen.

This residency is generously sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts, The Jayme Clise Curley and David Leith Curley Family Fund of the Whatcom Community FoundationAllied Arts of Whatcom County, The Whatcom Family and Community Network, Western Washington University's College of Fine and Performing Arts, The Community Food Co-Op, and Kuntz and Company.

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