National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced on December 2 that Flying Carpet Theatre is one of 163 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America grant. Here at the Flying Carpet Theatre, we’re excited to be recommended for a $10,000 grant to support Alpin Hong: Chasing Chopin.
Alpin Hong: Chasing Chopin is a one man show that tells the extraordinary life story of concert pianist Alpin Hong. The show explores how his experiences shaped his career and gives a rare and intimate look into the origins behind Alpin’s gripping interpretations of classical masterworks. This daring mashup of autobiographical storytelling and dazzling piano performance dives into personal moments both hilarious and tragic, all the while remaining beautifully poignant. Alpin Hong: Chasing Chopin will begin its national tour at Wickenburg, Arizona’s Center for the Performing Arts in February, and will culminate in longer runs in both Atlanta and New York City after several performances across the country.
NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “I’m pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Challenge America including the award to Flying Carpet Theatre. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”
The NEA grant is one of several grants that fund Flying Carpet Theatre, and it is our first federal government award. We’ve been the recipients of several local grants that include grants from the City of New York and the Queens Council On The Arts. This award is one of our largest to date and represents the scope of Flying Carpet Theatre’s growth in recent years.