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The Ebell of Los Angeles Awarded an NEA Grant for New Musical

Stacy Brightman, Executive Director of The Ebell of Los Angeles welcomed school children to the production of “The Everywhere of Her.” Throughout March 2024 The Ebell hosted 3200 students for six performances in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. (Photo: Molly O’Keefe)

The Ebell of Los Angeles has won a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the development of a women’s history-focused world premiere musical in 2025. The NEA’s Grants for Arts Projects funds will support the commissioning, development and production of All About Rose, a 1940’s 1940s-era story inspired by Rosie the Riveters of World War II, composed by Brooke deRosa and written by Velina Hasu Houston.

This is the first-ever NEA grant for the Ebell of Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women and building community through arts, culture and education.

“There are still many deserving stories waiting to be told and support from organizations like NEA continues to help bring these stories to life through the arts,” said Stacy Brightman, Executive Director of The Ebell of Los Angeles. “We are incredibly grateful to NEA for its support in helping us leverage the power of the arts to create and share these stories and make them accessible to everyone through the theater, including school-aged children. We cannot wait to share this inspiring story about these important historical women of Los Angeles and look forward to an exciting world premiere next spring.”

“Projects like The Ebell’s upcoming world premiere exemplify the creativity and care with which communities are telling their stories, creating connection, and responding to challenges and opportunities in their communities—all through the arts,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “So many aspects of our communities such as cultural vitality, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, and the economy are advanced and improved through investments in art and design, and the National Endowment for the Arts is committed to ensuring people across the country benefit.”

The world premiere of All About Rose will take place throughout March 2025, during Women’s History Month at The Wilshire Ebell Theater and is part of The Ebell Institute’s (TEI) “Living Herstory” project offering free, historical matinees to local schools. These presentations spotlight the often-overlooked histories and achievements of women in Los Angeles. The first play in the series, The Everywhere of Her, premiered in March 2023 and was presented to over 2500 local students. Throughout March 2024 The Ebell hosted 3200 students for six on-campus performances of The Everywhere of Her in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, as well as two free community performances at the Julian Dixon Library in Culver City.

All About Rose imagines the lives and challenges of a group “Rosies” entering the workforce in Los Angeles, home of the aircraft industry, amid World War II. Together, these women fight to desegregate a local factory following Executive Order 8802, which banned discriminatory employment practices by federal agencies and all unions and companies engaged in war-related work.

This production, and arts and culture programming at The Ebell of Los Angeles, is made possible through support from: The Ahmanson Foundation, Artistic Scholarship Fund for Inner City Youth, California Arts Council LA, The California Office of the Small Business Advocate, Culver City Cultural Affairs Commission, The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Pasadena Showcase House of the Art, Perenchio Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and Rosenthal Family Foundation.

For more information about The Ebell of Los Anglees, including upcoming events and community offerings, visit www.EbellofLA.org.

In total, the NEA will award 1,135 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling more than $37 million as part of its second round of fiscal year 2024 grants.

The Ebell hosted students for a performance of “The Everywhere of Her” followed by classroom activities and discission. (Photo: Molly O’Keefe)
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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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