Foundation for Contemporary Arts Awards Prestigious Grants to Mills College Professor, Alumna

Oakland, CA–January 27, 2016

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts has awarded two individual grants to William Winant and Nora Chipaumire for their pioneering work in dance and music.

Mills College percussion professor and avant-garde musician William Winant, MFA ’82, was one of 16 recipients nationwide who received the unrestricted grants. Winant has performed and collaborated with the likes of Sonic Youth, Mr. Bungle, John Zorn, Oingo Boingo, Yo-Yo Ma, and Keith Jarrett.

Choreographer and dancer Nora Chipaumire, MA ’00, MFA ’02, also was awarded a $40,000 grant from the foundation. Her works have appeared in The Joyce Theater in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the ODC Theater in San Francisco, among other venues.

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a nonprofit founded by artists John Cage and Jasper Johns, awards the grants to artists in support of “pioneering work in dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts.” The grants “are meant to give artists the financial means to engage in whatever artistic endeavors they wish to pursue,” according to Stacy Tenenbaum Stark, executive director of the foundation.