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Ian Burns

2009
Visual Arts
Travel and Study
New York City

Artist IAN BURNS of Brooklyn, New York, will travel to the Arctic Circle, north of the Svalsbard archipelago of islands, on a collaborative voyage with artists, scientists and educators. He believes that the landscape and natural environment will have an impact on his artistic sensibilities, as will engaging with the other passengers on the ship. He intends to investigate sculptural forms and language in the context of the voyage and bring back new methods to apply in his studio.

The Loft Literary Center

1981
Literature
General Program
Minnesota

Camille Billops

1984
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

Coffee House Press

2002
Literature
General Program
Minnesota

A grant of $27,000 was awarded to COFFEE HOUSE PRESS, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in support of the publication of three books by emerging literary artists, two of whom are residents of Minnesota and New York City. Coffee House Press publishes award-winning writers in beautifully designed books. The Press fulfills its mission by publishing books that advance the craft of writing, books that present the dreams and ambitions of peoples who have been underrepresented in published literature, and books that establish a common ground for all Americans. Funding will be used to publish Memory Jar, New York poet Brenda Coultass first full-length collection of poems, which is scheduled for a spring 2003 release. Funds will also support Foreign Wife Elegy, Minnesota writer Yuko Taniguchis first book, which focuses on the many roles she plays in life as foreigner, woman, wife, daughter, teacher and student.

J. Otis Powell!

1999
Literature
General Program
Minnesota

The GIVENS FOUNDATION FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received a grant of $10,100 to support the further development of THEOLOGY: Love & Revolution by J. OTIS POWELL!. Its first form was a published prose poem, then a performance art event. With Jerome subsidy, THEOLOGY will now become an expanded text published by Spout Press and a CD recording.

Eleanor Savage

2001
Film and Video
Travel and Study
Minnesota

Digital video producer ELEANOR SAVAGE was awarded a grant to spend one week in Macon, Georgia, where she will research, interview, and collect experimental footage for a video project about how growing up during the cultural wars of the 1960s and 70s influenced her identity as an organizer and artist invested in community building. The origins of her efforts to create social change sprang from radical childhood experiences. Authority figures in her childhood promoted irrational hatred about the very emotional, intellectual, and developmental convictions that inspired her.

Nathan Fisher
Rebuilding Cold River

2011
Film and Video
Minnesota Film and Video
Minnesota

NATHAN FISHER received $10,000 for Rebuilding Cold River a verite-style feature-length documentary on the United Nations-led rebuilding of Nahr al-Bared, a Lebanese city that was completely destroyed by the Lebanese Army in a 2007 war. The city was relentlessly shelled for over three months until the entire population of 31,000 civilians fled. The Lebanese Army engaged in the shelling campaign in an effort to root out a dozen or so Islamic militants accused of robbing a bank. More than four years later, Nahr al-Bared has yet to be rebuilt and most of the towns former residents, all Palestinians who were born in Lebanon but do not have Lebanese citizenship, remain scattered in overcrowded tent cities throughout the country. No state on earth considers the 31,000 displaced Palestinians its citizens, which leaves them with the only option of returning to their city to rebuild. This documentary will follow the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) as it supervises the rebuilding of Nahr al-Bared, a monumental effort that involves the construction of apartment buildings, parks, schools, doctors office, shopping centers and so much more.

The Loft Literary Center

2001
Literature
General Program
Minnesota

THE LOFT LITERARY CENTER, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received a two-year grant of $120,000 to continue the Minnesota Writers Career Initiative. The Loft offers a broad and diverse range of workshops, public school programs, classes, readings, performances, award and fellowship programs and special events. The Minnesota Writers Career Initiative Program seeks to advance Minnesota writers who have achieved significant artistic recognition for their work and who have the potential to expand significantly that recognition and/or their existing audiences. The purpose is to utilize and leverage potential in order to bring the writers to new levels in their career development. Writers are served through a two-step process of 1) logistical and strategic planning with a consultant, resulting in the creation of a career plan; and 2) the implementation of the plan. The program is open to writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, childrens literature and performance oriented work.

Paul Chan

2001
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

A grant was awarded to PAUL CHAN in support of Happiness (Finally) After 35,000 Years of Civilization, an experimental animated film that reinterprets the drawings of outsider artist Henry Darger and utopian socialist Charles Fourier to explore the Western conception of Utopia.

Composers' Forum, Inc.

1988
Music
General Program
New York City

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