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Playwright, Four O.C. Organizations Win NEA Grants

TIMES STAFF WRITER

Four Orange County organizations and one individual have been awarded a total of $74,639 in the second round of 1991 National Endowment for the Arts grants.

The Pacific Symphony will be given $41,150 to support music director Carl St. Clair’s salary, in-school concerts and various activities; Laguna Art Museum will be given $12,500, its second NEA grant this year, for conservation of paintings; Pacific Writers Press, a UC Irvine-based publisher, will be given $6,789, its first NEA grant ever, to help publish three books by Southern California writers; Pacific Chorale will be given $4,200 to support artistic director/conductor John Alexander’s and singers salaries; and Roy Conboy of Garden Grove, will be given a $10,000 playwrights fellowship, his first NEA grant.

“I’ll use (the money) to help support myself while I’m writing,” said Conboy, who is working on a play based on the Mexican folk legend of El Cucui, “a Mexican bogey man.”

Conboy’s play “Happy Birthday, Angel” was commissioned by South Coast Repertory for its school touring program.

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The NEA awarded a total of $26 million to 871 artists and arts organizations nationwide in this round. All awards are one-to-one matching grants.

The Laguna Art Museum previously won $10,000 this year.


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