Grant Recipient Details

Portland, ME
Project Title
The Death Wings Project
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
New Work New England
Grant Amount

The Death Wings Project - a web of visual and performing arts offerings - is designed to promote open dialogue and community art making that normalizes and even celebrates our relationship with death, loss, grief, and painful life transitions. The Project includes an interactive art installation; performances of Death Wings, Bess Welden's award-winning original play with songs performed by six women; and a series of hands-on wing-making workshops through which participants will co-create an invented end-of-life ritual. The Project builds upon Welden's previous interdisciplinary performance work, Legbala is a River, as well as her workshops about the inner critic that grew out of her solo comedy Big Mouth Thunder Thighs.

Four women pose, on a stage, with a hat, shoes, and jacket as if somebody were wearing them.
photo by Lauren Kennedy