Cincinnati, OH—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to concert:nova for producing The Bradbury Tattoos an original rock opera. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as concert:nova in Cincinnati, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”

Ixi Chen, the Managing Artistic Director of concert:nova says “The National Endowment for the Arts support of artistic activity across the United States creates cultural programming that enhances our lives. Distributed to arts organizations in urban as well a rural region of every state, the NEA helps to provide vital arts offerings to the public. We are thrilled to be first-time recipients, and one of 17 organizations in Ohio to receive NEA funding, to support our creation of a genre-bending and boundary-pushing opera commission.”

The Bradbury Tattoos is an operatic collaboration between the contemporary classical ensemble concert:nova, fusion composer Zac Greenberg, librettist and playwright Michael Burnham, and tattooist and surfboard shaper Steven Mast. Adapted from Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man, a provocative and powerful set of short stories,  this evening-long enchantment will take you, tattoo by tattoo, through multiple spaces within Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall. Four stories from the book are adapted into the opera’s four acts and come to life through a carnival freak’s tattoos, with storytellers leading the audience to multiple spaces inside Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall.


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concert:nova is a boundary-pushing ensemble that challenges the audience to engage with the music in various ways. concert:nova is reinventing classical music in Cincinnati. Imagine world-class chamber music, but in surprising venues that create provocative, intimate, interactive, and unforgettable experiences leaving you and the audience changed. The musicians collaborate with a cavalcade of interdisciplinary artists from all over the city, region and globe ”from musicians to poets to filmmakers and beyond” in a diverse array of surprising venues to create provocative, intimate, interactive, and unforgettable experiences that remove the barrier between the artists and the audience.