In recognition of the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative supports the creation and premiere of 50 exceptional works of performing arts. This grant will support "Alas Y Raices," which translates to "Wings and Roots" (working title), a bi-national multimedia theater piece created in collaboration with La Quinta Teatro ensemble of Mexico City. The theme will be migration between Mexico and the United States. Teatro Visión will present the world premiere of "Alas Y Raices" in the San Francisco Bay Area no later than December 2021.
About the Grantee
Post Office Box 28367, San Jose, CA, 95159-8367, United States
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for strategic planning
In 27 years, Teatro Vision has grown from an all-volunteer, itinerant Chicano theater ensemble to a nationally-recognized Latino arts institution, offering contemporary/classic plays at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose, as well as a theatre eduction program training educators and community organizers to use participatory theater for behavioral, social and educational roles. The organization had a period of growth in 2004-2008, and has been struggling ever since – because of the economic downturn, leadership changes, a challenging venue, and infrastructure challenges. They have been in the Hewlett portfolio since 1999, but their most recent general operating grant, just ended, will not be renewed. Because of the cultural and historical importance of this organization in the Bay Area and beyond, a modest grant will support the Packard Foundation’s larger investment in a nine-month strategic planning and organizational capacity-building process.