CORI THOMAS, playwright, New York, New York, will travel to Liberia, West Africa, to interview rehabilitated child soldiers for the purpose of research for the final play in The Liberia Project. This trilogy explores historical and personal family experiences that Thomas is uncovering around the Liberian Civil Wars.
MILKWEED EDITIONS, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received a two-year grant of $46,000 in support of the publication of four single author books and one anthology. Milkweed Editions, an independent, nonprofit literary publisher, releases 12 to 20 new books each year in the genres of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. In 2005, it released its 200th title, bringing more than one million Milkweed books into circulation. Jerome Foundation funding will be directed toward books by emerging authors, including James Armstrong. In 2008, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Minnesota as a state, Milkweed will publish an anthology of writing from the region. A portion of Jerome funding will be used for this volume as most of the writers will be emerging.
KRISTIN LUCAS was awarded a grant in support of The Electric Donut, an experimental single channel video and DVD installation based on visions of the future. Using family photographs, Super-8 films, and home videos, Lucas will construct personal futuristic visions.
ROSEMARY WILLIAMS, artist, St. Paul, Minnesota, will travel to Davos, Switzerland, to gather material on the World Economic Forum, which meets there each year, and to explore the setting of Thomas Mann's 1925 novel The Magic Mountain. She will mine visual and conceptual material to build a new body of work centering on these two facets of the small mountain village. This research trip continues her exploration of the intersection of capitalism, society, power and institutions, as well as public and private spheres.
MANOSHI CHITRA NEOGY received funding for Sand Shades, a "cinepoem" that explores the nature of dualities inherent in people as perceived through the eyes of a young Indian woman. The film will interweave the struggles and textures of two contrasting cultures, experienced and lived in one individual.
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