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Prescott residents win grants for their creative projects

Two Prescott residents are among 17 Arizona artists awarded Arizona Commission on the Arts grants for Fiscal Year 2017.

Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the state of Arizona, awards funding to artists practicing in a variety of artistic disciplines in support of research and development leading to the creation of new works of art.

Henry Flurry and Delisa Myles, both of Prescott, each received grants of up to $5,000 from the highly competitive grant program.

Flurry, a composer and private teacher, will organize and co-present a concert of his own orchestral works, including the premiere of his piano concerto “Currents,” a reaction to New Orleans’ complex relationship to water as a source of life, death, and rebirth. His orchestral work “Fanfare for My City” was selected by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to be their official fanfare. Recent large ensemble works include “Impulso: Concerto for Marimba,” “Flamenco Guitar and Dancer,” a collaboration with Chris Burton-Jacome, and “Fragments,” premiered by the Yavapai College Master Chorale.

Myles’ “Intimacy with Disappearance” is a multidisciplinary collaboration among six women, five dancer/choreographers and one photographer/videographer who have a 23-year history of working together. The project juxtaposes geologic time and the comparatively minuscule lifespan of humans. Myles is a dancer, choreographer and educator who has been working professionally in all three areas since 1988. She holds an MFA in Choreography and performance from University of Colorado. From 1994 to 2016, Myles was a professor of dance at Prescott College where she developed the dance program. She is a founding member of Human Nature Dance Theatre, a collective of multi-disciplined performing artists from the Western U.S.

Other grant recipients are Rachel Bess, Phoenix; Amy Carpenter, Phoenix; James Colby, Tucson; Julie Comnick, Flagstaff; William Cordeiro, Flagstaff; Ashley Davidson (Flagstaff); Danielle Foushee, Phoenix; Sara Fraker, Tucson; Yanara Friedland, Tucson; Hakeem Khaaliq, Scottsdale; Johanna Lundy, Tucson; Yvonne Montoya, Tucson; Ned Schaper, Tucson; Melissa Sevigny, Flagstaff; and Claire A. Warden, Phoenix.


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