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RMU Professor Receives NEA Grant to Complete Flamenco Documentary

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pittsburgh -- Carolina Loyola-Garcia, an associate professor of Media Arts at Robert Morris University, has received a $20,000 Arts in Media Grant Award from the National Endowment for the Arts to complete her documentary on the history of flamenco arts in the United States.

The film, Inheritors of a Burden, will explore the tradition of flamenco arts in the United States through Jose Greco's legendary figure, while addressing the contemporary artists that carry on and continue to develop this art form in our country. Loyola-Garcia is a flamenco aficionada herself.

“Flamenco is the one performance form that I fell in love with," said Loyola-Garcia. "It speaks to me on a very raw, internal level."

Using grants from The Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh Foundation, and an online fundraising tool called Kickstarter, Loyola-Garcia has been able to take her crew to various cities in the U.S., as well as to Madrid, Spain, to collect footage and information for Inheritors of a Burden.

Loyola-Garcia is extremely thankful for all the support she has received for the production of this film, and now is on the last stretch of seeking finishing funds for the post-production costs of the documentary. Learn more about the film here.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.