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VSA Minnesota

2012
Visual Arts
General Program
Minnesota

VSA MINNESOTA, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received a two-year grant of $38,000 in support of Project Grants for Artists with Disabilities and developmental programs and services provided to professional artists with disabilities.  The mission of VSA Minnesota is to create a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and access the arts.  The purpose of the Project Grants is to encourage the creation of new artistic work by emerging Minnesota artists with disabilities.  Grants may fund the creation and production of new work, travel to research and present new work, professional documentation of new work, purchase of supplies or equipment to create new work, professional development, and rental of space to create and present new work.  An open call and panel review process determine the annual selection of Project Grant recipients.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

1984
Multidisciplinary
General Program
Minnesota

Lynne Sachs

2003
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

LYNNE SACHS received support for Visit to a State of Unbelonging, a 70-minute cine-essay that explores the various ways we can know, confront and identify with another human being. Using a pastiche of both authentic and fabricated artifacts, the film reconstructs the lives of three peoplethe father of the director, a distant relative who fled post-World War II Europe for the countryside of Brazil, and an Israeli woman encountered in a newspaper article.

Elizabeth Streb / Ringside, Inc.

1990
Dance
General Program
New York City

Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop

1983
Literature
General Program
New York City

Voice & Vision

1997
Theater
General Program
New York City

The sum of $10,000 was awarded to VOICE & VISION, New York City, in support of the development and production of new works within the 1997-98 season. This organization was founded by Marya Mazor and Jean Wagner with the mission of building an artistic home for women artists. Unheard Voices is the play development program, which includes workshops, readings and full productions of new plays. Jerome Foundation support was allocated for the 1997-98 Unheard Voices season, with particular emphasis on Corn, Beans and Squash, a reading and workshop series featuring new works by Native American women writers, curated by Elizabeth Theobold.

Darian Parker

2012
Dance
Travel and Study
New York City

DARIAN PARKER, choreographer and performer, New York City, will travel to Bamako, Mali, to conduct intensive study of Malian dance--the technical aspects, its accompanying music and the folklore--with master artists to enhance his abilities as a performer and choreographer. Parker’s study will center on dance training with members of Bamako’s artistic community, music training, and conversations and interviews with artists, community elders, and other gatekeepers of the cultural, folkloric, and historical significance of Malian dances and the accompanying music. One particular area of study will involve the form known in the United States as Lamba. This Malian dance was traditionally performed by the Djeli, a poet, praise singer, and wandering musician considered a repository of oral tradition. Parker wants to understand how different ethnic groups in Mali interpret the form.

Minnesota Council on Foundations

1992
Miscellaneous
General Program
Minnesota

Michele Stephenson
American Promise

2012
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

MICHÉLE STEPHENSON received support for American Promise, a documentary twelve years in the making that chronicles the school experiences of two African American boys and their families, offering an unprecedented look at the complexities of race, parenting, privilege, and education at the dawn of the 21st century. Stephenson and her husband Joe Brewster turned the camera on themselves and began filming the experiences of their five year-old son Idris and his best friend Seun, as they started kindergarten in 1999. The boys enrolled at the prestigious Dalton School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, just as the private institution boldly strengthened its commitment to cultivating a diverse student body. Over the 12 years of this film, we see the boys and their families navigate learning differences that later become diagnoses, struggle with stereotypes and identity, and ultimately take increasingly divergent paths on their road to graduation. We also see a rare and vivid portrait of middle-class African American families as the filmmaker parents wrestle with doubt and angst over their sons educational journey. Both sets of parents grapple with how best to support their sons and interact with teachers and administrators. All of this is set against the backdrop of a persistent educational achievement gap that dramatically affects African American boys at all socioeconomic levels across the country. The film puts a face to the unique social and emotional needs of these boys and poignantly calls into question commonly held assumptions about access, resources, and what really influences academic performance.

Ethos Percussion Group

2003
Music
General Program
New York City

ETHOS PERCUSSION GROUP, New York City, received a two-year grant of $45,000 in support of a commissioning program for emerging composers. Ethos is dedicated to the advancement of the percussive arts in performance and education. It embraces musical styles from around the globe and highlights its players vibrant musicianship as well as an extensive and unique collection of instruments. It maintains an active touring schedule and frequently performs the new works that it commissions. Jerome dollars will support an emerging composer commissioning fund in which ensemble members select composers to commission. Composers are in contact with ensemble members throughout the course of the development of the work and its rehearsal. Ethos makes the commissioned works available to other percussion ensembles through publication, and distribution of recordings. Over 100 performances of new works previously commissioned with Jerome Foundation funding have occurred.

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