HERB GRIKA, an installation artist and teacher, was awarded funding to spend two weeks in Aachen, Germany, to install a major work, comprised of hundreds of pieces, at the Ludwig Forum for International Art in Aachen, as part of an international art exhibition titled Charlemagne 2000. Hell also visit nearby museums and galleries.
CAVE CANEM, New York City, received $15,300 to support writing workshops engaging emerging poets. Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional development of African American poets. The Cave Canem community has grown from an initial gathering of 26 poets to an influential movement with a renowned faculty and high-achieving fellowship of 289 poets residing in 34 states. Jerome support will cover two eight-week long poetry workshops in New York City. The fall workshop, Writing in Form, will be open to African American poets. The spring workshop, Writing Across Cultures, will be open to African American and Asian American poets. All participants will be emerging. The workshops will be led by a senior poet with strong teaching skills. Participants are chosen via an open application process and review by the poet instructor.
HARVESTWORKS, New York City, received a two-year grant of $20,800 to support its Artist in Residence program. Founded in 1977, Harvestworks is a nonprofit digital media arts center providing services to emerging and mid-career artists, particularly those seeking to expand the vocabulary of digital media art forms and to increase the audience for that work. It serves a broad range of artists working in a variety of media forms. The Artist in Residence Program awards to artists time, space, use of equipment and the services of a technician to explore and create new pieces. Funding will allow at least four emerging artists to work collaboratively with engineers and technicians on site, purchase materials and access studio production facilities.
JAMES N. KIENITZ WILKINS received support for Mediums, a 45-minute narrative short centered around the jury selection process known as “voir dire.” This process is when a pool of prospective jurors are questioned about their backgrounds and biases before being chosen. In ideal form, it could be described as a trial before the trial to select those who best represent society. The setting of Mediums is the exterior of an upstate New York courthouse, where participants smoke and drink coffee before, during, and after a day of jury selection. While on break, they naturally form groups and alliances and learn from each other. This trade of information and the small dramas of a single day is the focus of the film. As an experimental narrative, Mediums takes literally the definition of voir dire (“to say what is true”), by collaging original dialogue with texts collected from the internet and found in the world, including jury selection pamphlets, automotive manuals, union constitutions, fast food franchise contracts, health insurance primers, blog posts and more. Bits and pieces from these sources are woven into the fictional dialogue as informal quotations (to be acknowledged in the end credits). As such, each juror-character is a sort of “medium” of specific, real-world knowledge. They each possess a unique expertise as well as a problem to be solved. As the day progresses, they trade tips and insight, finding common ground in a show of civic participation extending well beyond—and literally external to—the legal requirement of jury duty.
AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTS, Brooklyn, New York, received $18,000 to support the First Chance program. American Opera Projects develops, nurtures and produces new American operas and innovative opera projects. It commissions new works from librettists and composers, presents those in workshops, and provides strategically chosen venues for premieres. The First Chance Program provides for composers and librettists, especially those creating opera for the first time, the experience of hearing their works performed by strong casts under skilled directors.
Media artist MIKE HAZARD will spend six days in New York being mentored by master filmmaker and teacher George Stoney. Hazard seeks to develop further his professional life as an artist in the schools. The two share an interest in video poetry and a desire to change the world through passionate media. Hazard will also explore the idea of producing a video documentary portrait of Stoney as a teacher, activist, and artist. Hazard will show his work at the Tisch School of the Arts.
The AMERICAN COMPOSERS FORUM, Saint Paul, Minnesota, received a two-year grant of $197,000 in support of various programs supporting emerging composers. The Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. It provides new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engages communities in the creation, performance, and enjoyment of new music. Jerome support is directed toward the Jerome Fund for New Music, which provides support to emerging composers based in New York City and Minnesota. Dollars will support commissions and enhancement funds to further the development and reach of the commissions. This is an open application program with selection by an independent panel. Jerome funding also supports the Minnesota Emerging Composer Awards. Through a nomination process, emerging composers working in world music, jazz, and electronic forms are commissioned to create and produce new works.