Renaissance Men Awarded 2022 Boston Foundation LAB Grant for "Renmen" – New Haitian Music Program
Renaissance Men is privileged to announce we have received a 2022 Boston Foundation Live Arts Boston grant for our newest curation, RENMEN. "Renmen" is a music performance created by Renaissance Men which explores Haitian music for tenor and bass voices through both folkloric and art music avenues. Renaissance Men will develop, rehearse, and perform "Renmen" at The Strand Theatre in Dorchester next season. This will be a heavy collaborative effort with Haitian artists, poets, and musicians, including a substantial commission for tenor/bass voices.
From the Boston Foundation website:
"We are pleased to share with you the names of the 50 artists and organizations selected as the 2022 cohort for Live Arts Boston. Now in its sixth year, Live Arts Boston (LAB), created with the support and partnership of the Barr Foundation, supports Greater Boston area artists to test ideas, explore collaborations and build skills in the process of generating new, original work. Arts and music are the translators of meaning. In an era of health, racial, and economic pandemics that will forever change our lives, we believe that art is a critical force for advancing needed conversations, building belonging, imagining a better future and inspiring us to move towards it. We are proud to once again support visionary performing artists creating new work through Live Arts Boston. LAB provides up to $15,000 in project-specific funds to create, produce or present new performing arts work for Greater Boston audiences. In addition to funding, grantees will receive project documentation, one-on-one advising, peer networking opportunities and support for other professional development. Funding supports work in dance, theater, music, opera, musical theater, spoken word, performance art, circus arts, traditional and folk performing arts and any multi-disciplinary combination of the above. Beyond dollars, the LAB program gives grantees access to an invaluable resource--Boston-based Dunamis, a professional development organization specializing in the support and training of Boston’s emerging artists and arts-managers of color. A vital partner of the LAB since program 2020, the Dunamis team meets creatives where they are at any stage of their careers, offering 1:1 consultation, project advising with a dedicated cohort of artist-advisors, and an evolving array of professional development workshops based on the needs of the current cohort. Their podcast series, Dexter's L.A.B., created to give voice to LAB artists, highlights grantees for their work and unique perspectives."