Kuntz and Company receives art grant to support new show

Bellingham’s Kuntz and Company, which performs professional dance and theatre, has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Washington State Arts Commission.

The grant will support the company’s upcoming piece, “The Family Project,” which will be performed in October at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Fairhaven.

“We are thrilled to receive the WSAC grant,” said Pam Kuntz, artistic director and founder of Kuntz and Company, in a press release. “It allows the company to continue to function as professionals on a local level. Without this kind of support it would be difficult to pay the collaborating artists. This is also evidence that community-based art is important and is worthy of support.”

The company is currently in rehearsals for “The Family Project,” which draws material from stories, experiences and relationships of local families.

Performances are scheduled for Oct. 5,6,11 and 13 (starting at 7:30 p.m.), and Oct. 7 and 14 (starting at 5 p.m.).

Collaborating artists include Angela Kiser, Ian Bivins, Vanessa Daines, Zach Wymore and Harrison Holtzman-Knott. More than 20 families are participating in the show, including community members Pam Sinnett, Rachael Leedy, Barbara Christensen, Wendy and Jia Huan Borgesen, Dick Harris, Tamera Noland, Joseph Fryberg and his daughter McKenna.

Pam Kuntz is the show’s choreographer.

This is the second WSAC grant awarded to Kuntz and Company. The state commission awarded the company grant in 2011 for the production of “Shimmer.”

Tickets for “The Family Project” will be sold at Village Books in Fairhaven and online through Brown Paper Tickets.

Read more about Kuntz and Company: 

Kuntz & Company explores humanity through performing arts

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