The National Endowment for the Arts recently recognized our innovative Great Friends Touring Project with an ArtWorks grant. The grant will help us bring more dance companies into the Project, which helps us tour to new cities in exchange for a summer residency at the Great Friends Dance Festival. The first company we will host with the grant is Samruk, from the capital city of Kazakhstan. Artistic Director Gulnara Adamova is working on their visas now and will join us in July for performances at the Meeting House and to create the new, joint piece with Samruk and IMC dancers which closes the Festival. Other companies coming to the Festival include Ekklesia and Elm City Dance Collective from New Haven, CT; Joe Celej and Co from New York and iMEE.