Gender and Success in the American Dance World.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jan E. Van Dyke, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This article will explore the relationship of gender to funding for dance in the United States. Historically a female field in this country, since the 1960s, dance in America has turned to men for its leadership. At about the same time, in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts was founded — the first government agency organized to "encourage and support American art and artists." Until that year, the arts in the United States had relied almost exclusively on priviate patronage for support. Over the years, the Endowment has taken an authoritative role in arts giving, seeking to influence funding from corporations and individual sources and, in effect, giving artists an imprimatur when they are selected for NEA awards. Research will focus on the U.S. government funding process, describing the hierarchy of federal, state, and local agencies, and giving special attention to NEA policies because of their impact on all other sources of funding. For purposes of clarity, the article will concentrate on grants given to individual artists; the make-up of selection panels will be examined along with the success rate of both men and women applicants. In addition, current gender ratios within various areas of American dance will be described in order to assess the relationship of gender to artistic, economic, and administrative leadership within the profession.

Additional Information

Women's Studies International Forum, volume 19/number 5
Language: English
Date: 1996
Relationship of gender, Funding for dance

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