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The Loft Literary Center

2006
Literature
General Program
Minnesota

THE LOFT LITERARY CENTER, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received a two-year grant of $100,000 in support of the Mentor Series. This large, comprehensive and independent literary center serves over 600,000 writers and readers of all ages each year. Its mission is to foster a writing community, the artistic development of individual writers and an audience for literature. The Loft received support for the Mentor Program, initiated in 1979 as a vehicle for emerging Minnesota writers to work in small group settings with nationally recognized writers, and to be mentored by them in various ways ranging from review of their work to providing inspiration and examples for a writing life. Twelve emerging Minnesota-based writers (four in poetry, four in fiction, and four in creative non-fiction) are selected through a competitive process to work intensively with six nationally acclaimed writers (two in each genre). The program includes individual conferences, group sessions, craft seminars, manuscript conferences and public readings.

Abigail Child

1986
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

The Concourse of Contemporary Art

1987
Visual Arts
General Program
Minnesota

Red Eye Theater

1997
Multidisciplinary
General Program
Minnesota

RED EYE COLLABORATION, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received a two-year grant of $40,000 in support of its work with emerging creative artists and for debt reduction. Founded in 1983 by Artistic Director Steve Busa and Managing Director Miriam Must, Red Eye presents multimedia theater, functioning as producer and developer of experimental art in a creative laboratory setting. Red Eye produces a Works-in-Progress series and Isolated Acts, both of which encourage artists to define new parameters for the stage. Jerome subsidy is appropriately committed to these programs because they include a large number of emerging artists working to test ideas. For these two series and other opportunities throughout the year for emerging artists, Red Eye received $35,000. In recognition of Red Eyes importance to artists, a one-time commitment of $5,000 was authorized for debt reduction.

Michael Sommers

1990
Theater
Travel and Study
Minnesota

Mabou Mines Development Foundation

1993
Multidisciplinary
General Program
New York City

Sandi DuBowski

1996
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

SANDI DUBOWSKI received subsidy to produce Trembling Before G-d, an hour-long experimental documentary about Hasidim and Orthodox Jews who come out as gays and lesbians and must abandon their intertwined worlds of family and faith. This is also a story about those who choose to remain Orthodox and how they must constantly negotiate their sexuality and identity in religious communities. The work is structured as a series of journeys depicting the moving and humorous relationships that develop between DuBowski and a Diaspora of exiles. DuBowski returns with each subject to places in their Orthodox past which evoke loss, joy, nostalgia and the turbulence of emotions which derive from being cut off from one's community.

Council on Foundations

1988
Miscellaneous
General Program
OTHER

Roulette Intermedium, Inc.

1982
Music
General Program
New York City

Barton Sutter

1997
Literature
Travel and Study
Minnesota

BARTON SUTTER, a writer and teacher from Duluth, received funding to spend three weeks in Sweden to develop relationships with Swedish writers and publishers. He will present public readings of his work and explore his familys history, gathering material for poems and essays.

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