Portland Opera Receives Grant from NEA for ‘The Snowy Day’

By David Salazar

Portland Opera has received a $22,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in support of its upcoming production of “The Snowy Day.”

The opera by Joel Thompson and Andrea Davis Pinkney centers on Peter as he explores his neighborhood during a snowy day. The work premiered in December 2021 at the Houston Grand Opera. This run of performances, which kicks off on March 16 and runs through the 24th, marks the opera’s west coast premiere.

“We are incredibly thankful to the National Endowment for the Arts for awarding us this grant. With ongoing support from the NEA, we are pursuing original programming that uplifts American works, like ‘The Snowy Day,’ and introducing the magic of opera to new audiences across our region,” said Portland Opera General Director Sue Dixon in an official press statement.

The production of “The Snowy Day” is made possible with special thanks to the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.