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Organization name: Aquila Theatre

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AV-248464-16Education Programs: Dialogues on the Experience of WarAquila Theatre Company Inc.Between Athens and Afghanistan: Ancient and Modern Expressions of War5/1/2016 - 4/30/2017$98,512.00Peter Meineck   Aquila Theatre Company Inc.New YorkNY10003-6671USA2016ClassicsDialogues on the Experience of WarEducation Programs985120985120

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.

AV-255518-17Education Programs: Dialogues on the Experience of WarAquila Theatre Company Inc.Our Trojan War: Ancient and Modern Expressions5/1/2017 - 4/30/2018$99,812.00Peter Meineck   Aquila Theatre Company Inc.New YorkNY10003-6671USA2017ClassicsDialogues on the Experience of WarEducation Programs998120998120

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.

AV-260599-18Education Programs: Dialogues on the Experience of WarAquila Theatre Company Inc.Citizen Soldiers: Ancient and Modern Expressions of War5/1/2018 - 4/30/2019$99,312.00Peter MeineckDesiree SanchezAquila Theatre Company Inc.New YorkNY10003-6671USA2018ClassicsDialogues on the Experience of WarEducation Programs993120993120

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.

GG-278279-21Public Programs: Humanities DiscussionsAquila Theatre Company Inc.Warrior Chorus: American Democracy5/1/2021 - 6/30/2023$399,980.00Peter Meineck   Aquila Theatre Company Inc.New YorkNY10003-6671USA2021ClassicsHumanities DiscussionsPublic Programs39998003999800

Public programs led by veterans and scholars based on classical Greek and American historical texts to address the meaning of democracy.

The Warrior Chorus: American Democracy – is a major national humanities program about the meaning of democracy by the men and women we asked to fight for it. It will present a public engagement series led by veterans and scholars based around classical Greek and American historical texts to address the meaning of democracy. American Democracy will train veterans and scholars in three regional centers to lead, staged readings, audience discussion, participatory workshops and public talks in 23 locations throughout America, connected with Aquila Theatre’s staging of Paul Woodruff’s translation of Sophocles’ Antigone. This will be coupled with a dynamic use of social media and a specially developed app. American Democracy uses classic texts to inspire people from all backgrounds to reflect on the connections between the works of the ancient Greeks and the issues they reflect in their own lives.

GI-228366-15Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsAquila Theatre Company Inc.The Warrior Chorus: A Humanities in Action Project5/1/2015 - 4/30/2017$350,000.00Peter Meineck   Aquila Theatre Company Inc.New YorkNY10003-6671USA2015ClassicsAmerica's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsPublic Programs35000003500000

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.

GI-50019-08Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsAquila Theatre Company Inc.Page and Stage: Theatre, Tradition, and Culture in America10/1/2008 - 3/31/2010$292,585.00Peter Meineck   Aquila Theatre Company Inc.New YorkNY10003-6671USA2008Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralAmerica's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsPublic Programs29258502925850

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.

GI-50176-10Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsAquila Theatre Company Inc.Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives: Poetry-Drama-Dialogue5/1/2010 - 4/30/2013$800,000.00Peter Meineck   Aquila Theatre Company Inc.New YorkNY10003-6671USA2010Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralAmerica's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsPublic Programs80000008000000

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.

GI-50531-13Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsAquila Theatre Company Inc.YouStories: Classics, Conversation, Connection5/1/2013 - 9/30/2015$380,000.00Peter Meineck   Aquila Theatre Company Inc.New YorkNY10003-6671USA2013ClassicsAmerica's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsPublic Programs38000003800000

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.

GW-254076-17Public Programs: Community ConversationsAquila Theatre Company Inc.The Warrior Chorus: Our Trojan War5/1/2017 - 4/30/2019$200,000.00Peter Meineck   Aquila Theatre Company Inc.New YorkNY10003-6671USA2017ClassicsCommunity ConversationsPublic Programs20000002000000

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.

GW-264519-19Public Programs: Community ConversationsAquila Theatre Company Inc.The Warrior Chorus: American Odyssey5/1/2019 - 4/30/2021$250,000.00Peter Meineck   Aquila Theatre Company Inc.New YorkNY10003-6671USA2019ClassicsCommunity ConversationsPublic Programs25000002500000

Implementation of audience forums, workshops, lectures, and reading groups at 24 locations around the country centered on a stage adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey.

The Warrior Chorus: American Odyssey is a major national humanities program that will present a public engagement series led by veterans and scholars based around one of the most important works of world literature, Homer’s Odyssey. The Warrior Chorus: American Odyssey will train veterans and scholars in three regional centers to lead audience forums, participatory workshops, public talks and reading groups in 24 locations throughout America, connected with a staging of Emily Wilson’s new translation of The Odyssey.