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Grant for Ballet. Houston Ballet has been approved for a grant of $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the world premiere of a new work by Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo and the acquisition of a work new to the company’s repertoire. “Receiving a grant from the NEA is a huge vote of confidence,” said Judy Water, director of Institutional Giving at Houston Ballet. “The NEA champions new works by living choreographers, and this support is critical in establishing a solid future for the art of ballet.” houstonballet.org.

Singing Her Praises. Houston Grand Opera life trustee and longtime member of its board of directors, Lynn Wyatt, was recently named a recipient of the 2011 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award.  Sponsored by OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, the award honors trustees of U.S. opera companies for exemplary leadership, generosity, and audience-building efforts on behalf of their respective opera companies. “Lynn Wyatt has anchored HGO’s board leadership for almost 30 years,” said Glen Rosenbaum, HGO board of directors chairman. “In addition to inspiring several generations of board members and serving as HGO’s leading fundraiser, Lynn’s unique foresight has paved the way for HGO’s innovative programs, which have redefined a modern opera company’s community role.” hgo.org.

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Sweet Somethings. Accomplished cake decorator Nathan Maynor has announced the opening of nmmm…Cupcakes and Bakery, “a new avenue for the decadent cupcake and dessert eater.” Employing his own mother’s and family’s recipes combined with a touch of the nouveau, Maynor says each confection is handmade with care and perfection to accommodate the occasion as well as the customers’ desires. 5209 Bellaire Blvd. • nmmmcupcakes andbakery.com • 713/660-8118.

Honor for Alley. The Alley Theatre has been chosen  to  receive the 2011 Texas Medal of Arts Award, recognizing Texas leaders and luminaries in the arts and entertainment industry for creative excellence and exemplary talents. The award is to be given March 1 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, Texas. “We are proud to be recognized as a leading national performing arts group,” said Dean R. Gladden, managing director of the Alley Theatre. “And we are grateful for our loyal supporters who continue to support our mission of creating theater that deepens the understanding of ourselves, one another, and the world we share by uniting theater artists and audiences to experience the power of stories that illuminate the breadth and complexities of the human condition.” alleytheatre.org.

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