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Reid Farrington
The Return

2013
Multidisciplinary
General Program
New York City

FRACTURED ATLAS, New York City, as fiscal sponsor for REID FARRINGTON, Brooklyn, New York, received $12,000 in support of the development, production, and installation of The Return.  Fractured Atlas empowers artists, arts organizations, and other cultural sector stakeholders by eliminating practical barriers to artistic expression, so as to foster a more agile and resilient cultural ecosystem.  Reid Farrington is a new media artist, theater director, and stage designer.  The performance installation for which support was awarded will be presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and based on Tullio Lombardo’s Adam. This sculpture has undergone a decade-long, painstaking analysis and unprecedented restoration project by the Metropolitan Museum conservators, scholars, and scientists to restore the piece following its accidental destruction in 2002 when its plywood-base buckled.    The work blends live performance with digital characters to create an interactive story of the sculpture for visitors to the Museum.  Farrington envisions that visitors will initiate virtual reenactments and time-behind encounters between Tullio Lombardo, Museum conservators, and Adam.

University of Minnesota

1982
Visual Arts
General Program
Minnesota

Ann Aiko Bergeron

2002
Dance
Travel and Study
Minnesota

ANN AIKO BERGERON, Duluth, Minnesota; professor, choreographer, and director; will travel to New York City for ten days to attend the New York City Tap Festival. This Festival brings together some of the finest tap dance artists in the world to share their talents through master classes, extended technique classes, performances, tap jams, and panel discussions. Bergeron hopes to develop technically and artistically. She especially seeks greater skill in improvisational performance.

Foundation Center

1984
Miscellaneous
General Program
New York City

Symphony Space

1999
Literature
General Program
New York City

SYMPHONY SPACE, New York City, received a grant of $15,000 in support of a Selected Shorts program in Minnesota. Symphony Space presents free or low-cost artistic programs representative of New York's many cultures. Its programming is varied and energetic. The mission of Selected Shorts is to foster the appreciation of short fiction and the spoken word through a variety of media. Jerome Foundation has been supporting the participation of emerging writers in that program for three years. In 1993, Symphony Space was invited by The Loft to select three Minnesota writers and to produce a program of readings in St. Paul in cooperation with Minnesota Public Radio. The Jerome Foundation Directors were interested in repeating that program offering. The event is scheduled for November of this year. It will be presented in the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, and promoted as part of the 20th Anniversary of The Loft's Mentor Series.

Mohammed Ali Naqvi
Insha'Allah Democracy

2014
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

MOHAMMED ALI NAQVI received support for Insha'Allah Democracy, a feature-length documentary about exiled former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who despite having a flawed legacy as a dictator and being sought for arrest on murder charges, decides to return to Pakistan and run for President. With unprecedented access, Insha'Allah Democracy is an Arab Spring story told through the perspective of Musharraf, who has lived in exile in a two-bedroom apartment in Dubai surrounded by low ranking ‘yes-men’ since his resignation in 2008. At his peak, he led a 700,000 strong nuclear-backed army, was one of the chief architects of the global ‘War on Terror’, and arguably one of the most powerful men in the world. Publicly, he defends his tenure in the media; but privately, he is haunted by his persona as an American puppet, a double-dealing fraud, and a ‘has-been’ dictator. Musharraf monitored pleas from his supporters to run for president. In 2010, he formally launched his political party, the All Pakistan Muslim League, and declared his intention to participate in Pakistan’s 2013 elections. In March of 2013, despite soaring unpopularity, Musharraf returned to Pakistan just in time for elections. This current Pakistan, however, was very different from the one he knew; democratic institutions had strengthened, and the public mood was intolerant towards dictators. Musharraf’s return ripped open old wounds—he was banned from taking part in elections and was arrested. Behind bars, he watched as the former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, whom he ousted in a military coup in 1999 and placed under arrest, won the election. It is now Musharraf who is in jail and standing trial for treason, for which he will be sentenced to death if convicted.

Kenna-Camara Cottman
Takk

2013
Dance
General Program
Minnesota

JUXTAPOSITION ARTS, Minneapolis, Minnesota, as fiscal sponsor for choreographer Kenna-Camara Cottman, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received $8,000 in support of the development and production of Takk.  Juxtaposition Arts develops community by engaging and employing young urban artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power.  It combines design education and youth empowerment with a social-enterprise business model.  Cottman has been dancing, studying, teaching, and organizing in the Minneapolis area for over 20 years.  Her main area of focus is Black Dance, with an emphasis on West African and Hip Hop Dance and culture.  Takk is an exploration of relationships placed in the shifting sand of a Senegalese wrestling ring.  The work will investigate the ambiguity that comes from expressing emotions and desire, the effects of commentary by outsiders on a romance, and the way the sand affects movement.  Jerome support will subsidize, in part, three productions of the work in 2013.

Momenta Art

2000
Visual Arts
General Program
New York City

MOMENTA ART, Brooklyn, New York, is a nonprofit alternative space that promotes the work of emerging artists. The standard exhibition format is two, one-person shows in separate project rooms. Momenta mounts seven to nine shows each year, exhibiting 14-18 emerging and under-represented visual artists to an approximate audience of 3,000. The Jerome Foundation made a two-year grant of $24,000 to support the participation of emerging artists in the exhibition program. Co-directors Eric Heist and Laura Parnes work with Board members to select artists for exhibitions, based on an open call system that welcomes slide submissions throughout the year.

Ariadna Capasso

2006
Film and Video
Travel and Study
New York City

ARIADNA CAPASSO, a New York City documentary filmmaker will travel to Mexico City, Jalisco, Tamaulipas and Chihuahua, Mexico, to visit places that were significant to Juan Rulfo in order to experience the land, the solitude, the dejection and also the beauty of nature as he did. Rulfo was among the most influential Spanish language writers in the twentieth century and pioneered the school of Magic Realism. Capasso's research constitutes the pre-production phase of her video Across the Silence.

Franconia Sculpture Park

2004
Visual Arts
General Program
Minnesota

FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK, Shafer, Minnesota, received $34,000 in support of emerging artists' residencies. Franconia is a work/residence, outdoor sculpture park, occupying 16 acres. Franconia's mission is to support artists and their careers, conduct workshops, and offer residency programs. Artists are invited to create work on site for the Park. They are given physical space, technical assistance, materials, and financial support to produce their work. Artists are selected via an open call and jury review.

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