This is pretty sweet:
Grammy-winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird and New York-based public arts organization Creative Time have been selected by SMU's Meadows School of the Arts as recipients of the inaugural 2009-2010 Meadows Prize, a new international arts residency.
The announcement was made Oct. 14 at the "Act 3, Scene I" gala at the AT&T Performing Arts Center by José Bowen, dean of the Meadows School.
"The opening of the AT&T Performing Arts Center is making a huge impact on the world's perception of Dallas as a great city for the arts," said Bowen. "To help make Dallas a great cultural capital, we must also become known as a center for the creation of new works, building a community that nurtures its own and tolerates artistic risk the same way we embrace entrepreneurial risk. To further that goal, in partnership with the Dallas arts community, the new Meadows Prize will bring artists with an international reputation to Dallas each year to produce an artistic legacy for the city."
The prize includes housing for a one-to-three-month residency in Dallas, transportation expenses, studio/office space and project costs, in addition to a $25,000 stipend. In return, recipients are expected to interact in a substantive way with Meadows students and collaborating arts organizations, and to leave a lasting legacy in Dallas, such as a work of art that remains in the community, a composition or piece of dramatic writing that would be performed locally, or a new way of teaching in a particular discipline.
I wonder if this forum can keep track of the ripple effect from the new performing arts venues. I also wonder how many condos at the proposed Museum Tower (or whichever Arts District property gets the first top shelf residential tower) will end up as temporary housing for star performers of hold over shows at the opera house.