The New Harmony Project

RLBLAFFER CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP

The Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation’s support of The New Harmony Project commenced shortly after the Project’s inception in 1986. That’s when a group of theatre, film, and television professionals gathered in Indianapolis to explore the trend in those arts toward exploitative and sensational material. In that meeting, they concluded there was a need to engage and support writers whose work sought a goal beyond mere entertainment, work that sought to empower and uplift. It was out of this meeting that The New Harmony Project was created.

It was no accident that these creative individuals set their first program gathering in the small town of New Harmony, Indiana.

The New Harmony Project brings together talented writers, directors, dramaturgs, filmmakers, actors, and students from around the country. Participants gather each spring to create a nurturing environment for writers — a setting free of the restrictive pressures of the professional world. In this community, every artist becomes a resource to the process of the writer. Through an intensive series of readings and rehearsals, The New Harmony Project affords each writer the rare opportunity of having the freedom to explore ideas without the fear of failure.

Now in its fourth decade, the Project is still firmly rooted in the tenets upon which it was founded. Its unique mission is not only to develop new scripts for film, television, and theatre, but also to positively impact the culture by seeking out and nurturing writers whose work offers hope and celebrates dignity of the human spirit.

Please visit The New Harmony Project website for additional information.

THE NEW HARMONY PROJECT
For more than three decades, The New Harmony Project has been serving writers whose work emanates hope, optimism, courage, and the strength and resiliency of the human spirit.
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The New Harmony Project is a supportive,
nourishing residency experience.
Erika Dickerson-Despenza, NEW HARMONY PROJECT writer 2019
THE NEW HARMONY PROJECT
As an academic and multidisciplinary artist, I know what an arts organization at the top of its game looks like, and New Harmony Project is one of them.
Tlaloc Rivas, NEW HARMONY PROJECT writer, 2019
THE NEW HARMONY PROJECT
New Harmony Project curates an exciting and diverse cross-section of the American Theatre in a former Utopian community. The energy is still there… It's awesome.
Matthew-Lee Erlbach, NEW HARMONY PROJECT actor, 2019
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Today, that same spirit guides The New Harmony Project to bring together talented writers, directors, dramaturgs, filmmakers, actors, and students from around the country. Participants gather each spring to create a nurturing environment for writers — a setting free of the restrictive pressures of the professional world. In this community, every artist becomes a resource to the process of the writer. Through an intensive series of readings and rehearsals, The New Harmony Project affords each writer the rare opportunity of having the freedom to explore ideas without the fear of failure.

Now in its twenty-fifth year, the Project is still firmly rooted in the tenets upon which it was founded. Its unique mission is not only to develop new scripts for film, television, and theatre, but also to positively impact the culture by seeking out and nurturing writers whose work offers hope and celebrates dignity of the human spirit.

The Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation continues to support The New Harmony Project with both monetary and an in-kind grants. The late Jane Blaffer Owen, founder of the Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation, is also a founding and honorary board member of The New Harmony project.