May 2014 General Program Grant Press Release

The Jerome Foundation Board of Directors met on May 9, 2014 to review 69 General Program applications, 260 Travel and Study Grant Program proposals, the renewal of two programs that award grants to individuals, and 64 Film and Video Program applications. The Directors authorized 17 grants and one membership commitment in the General Program for a total commitment of $1,127,062, as described below. The Board reviewed 64 applications from New York City Film and Video artists, and approved seven grants totaling $110,000. In addition, it reviewed 261 Travel and Study Grant Program requests and made 36 grants totaling $134,961 to individual artists in dance, film and video, and literature.

The Directors approved a commitment of $341,000 for grants and program administration in the 2014-15 New York City Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Program. This opportunity is open to independent, emerging, film, video, and digital artists living and working in the five boroughs of New York City. The program’s focus is on animation, documentary, narrative, and experimental work. Independent panelists will meet three times per year to review applications and make grant recommendations to the Jerome Foundation Board of Directors. This program awards grants to emerging artists whose works show promise of excellence.

The Board of Directors approved a commitment of $132,400 for grants and program administration in the 2014-15 Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Program. This program is focused on artists living and working in the State of Minnesota, and has guidelines similar to the New York City Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Program. 

A separate press release announcing seven grants made to New York City Film and Video emerging makers is available on the Foundation’s website or upon request to its office.


The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York City, received a two-year grant of  $56,000 in support of the participation of emerging New York City-based artists in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 Workspace Program. The mission of the Council is to empower artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond. Workspace is a nine-month studio residency program that focuses on creative practice development for emerging artists working across all disciplines. The program offers space for experimentation and dialogue with peers and arts professionals, as well as career-advancement opportunities. It serves between 25 and 30 individuals or collaborative groups annually. Artists are chosen via an open call and peer review process. Workspace encourages creative risk-taking, collaboration, learning, and skill sharing at a critical early stage of an artist’s career.

Performance Space 122, New York City, received $43,000 in support of 2014-15 Performance Commissions for emerging New York City-based artists. PS 122 provides incomparable experiences for audiences by presenting and commissioning artists whose work challenges boundaries of live performance. It is dedicated to supporting creative risks taken by artists from diverse genres, cultures, and perspectives. Jerome-supported commissions will be given to emerging artists to develop new work, enabling them to take risks, hone their skills, create thoughtful work, and develop audiences for their work. Commissioning new works by artists who have not yet received wide recognition supports the development of their practices and enriches the cultural petri dish that is New York City. Some of these works will be presented during the COIL Festival and some in the RAMP series.

The Queens Museum, Queens, New York, received a two-year grant of $228,000 to launch a new Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship Program for emerging artists based in New York City. The Queens Museum is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York Metropolitan area and particularly for the residents of Queens. It fulfills its mission by designing and providing art exhibitions, public programs, and educational experiences that promote the appreciation and enjoyment of art, support the creative efforts of artists, and enhance the quality of life through interpreting, collecting, and exhibiting art, architecture, and design. Building upon the Museum’s long and vital history of nurturing emerging artists, this new fellowship program will be part of the Museum’s Artist Services Program, awarding annually to three promising New York City-based emerging artists fellowships of $20,000, and the opportunity to concentrate on the development of their art, participate in professional development opportunities, host studio visits with curators and guest critics, and develop and present their work in an exhibition at the Museum.

St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, received a two-year grant of $50,712 in support of the Emerging Artist in Residence Program within the St. John’s Pottery. For 35 years, the St. John’s Pottery has embodied the Benedictine values of community, hospitality, and self-sufficiency, as well as the University’s commitment to the integration of art and life, the preservation of the environment, the linkage between work and worship, and the celebration of diverse cultures. Four emerging artists from Minnesota and/or New York City will be selected via an open application and competitive review for one-month intensive studio residencies during the summers of 2015 and 2016. They will be given studio spaces, stoneware clay, access to technical assistance, room and board, stipends, and the opportunity to fire their work in the Johanna Kiln. The program offers creative interactions among the participating artists, a dynamic studio environment, and the support and mentoring of Master Potter Richard Bresnahan.

The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received $20,000 to support the participation of emerging artists from Minnesota and New York City in the 2014 Exhibition Program. The Soap Factory is a laboratory for experimentation and innovation, dedicated to supporting artists and engaging audiences through the production and presentation of contemporary art. Founded in 1989 by artists, The Soap Factory provides a supportive exhibition environment for artists who are at the beginning of their careers or who are exploring new genres of expression. Housed in an historic 48,000 sq. ft. wood and brick warehouse, it offers a raw space for sculpture, installation, painting, performance, theatre, dance, photography, film, and video.

New York Live Arts, New York City, as fiscal sponsor for choreographer Joanna Kotze, received $10,000 in support of the creation and production of a new work, Find Yourself Here. New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation, and active engagement with the social, political, and cultural currents of our time. Find Yourself Here is an evening-length dance work integrating material from three trios. Each is a collaboration among three dancers and a visual artist, focusing on the interplay between form and chaos, where bodies encounter objects and one another in a kinetic rendering of shared artistic practices. Kotze intends to present a beautiful spectrum of tension and harmony, isolation and togetherness.

The Field, New York City, as fiscal sponsor for Camille A. Brown & Dancers, received $10,000 in support of the creation, development, and production of Black Girl. Founded by artists for artists, The Field provides strategic services to thousands of performing artists and companies by fostering creative exploration, stewarding innovative management strategies, and helping artists reach their fullest potential. Camille A. Brown & Dancers presents authentic performances that embody a strong sense of storytelling, theatricality, and the aesthetics of modern, hiphop, African, ballet, and tap to tell stories that connect history with contemporary culture, on a journey for meaning, understanding, and relevancy. The new multimedia work Black Girl depicts the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a Black female in urban American culture, representing the full spectrum of the Black female and how they negotiate themselves in a racially and politically charged world. 

New Dramatists, New York City, received a two-year grant of $84,000 in support of the participation of emerging playwrights in the Playwright’s Lab. Founded in 1949, New Dramatists is one of the country’s leading playwright centers and a nationally recognized play laboratory. Over 600 New Dramatists have passed through its doors. The Playwright’s Lab includes writer-driven readings and workshops; providing free workspace, as well as directors, stage managers, and professional actors. Lab programs include Full Stage USA, the Creativity Fund, Playtime, the Composer/Libretto Studio, and Playground. Each New Dramatists playwright is in residence for seven years.

The Cedar Culture Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received a two-year grant of $64,000 in support of 416 Club Commissions for emerging Minnesota composers. This performing arts venue organizes and hosts over 200 events each year, including music and dance performances, lectures, workshops, and benefits. Its mission is to promote inter-cultural appreciation and understanding through the presentation of global music and dance. Through an open call and competitive review, the Cedar will commission six emerging Minnesota artists to compose and perform new music. The commissioned works will debut in public performances at the Cedar. The commissions are intended to support ideas, collaborations, and/or bodies of work that would not have otherwise have been explored.

Roulette Intermedium, New York City, received a two-year grant of $128,000 in support of programs for emerging composers based in New York City. For over three decades, Roulette Intermedium has presented experimental music and intermedia, most recently in a 400-seat theatre in Brooklyn. Its purpose is to support artists through presenting a substantial and diverse program of concerts, commissioning new work, paying artists a deserving fee, and finding artists and audiences interested in learning about developments in experimental art. Jerome support is directed to two programs, the first a commissioning program that annually provides four New York City-based emerging composers with commissions, fees to cover rehearsal and production, and concerts featuring their new works. The second is a residency program that provides fees and stipends to five emerging composers to develop new work while in residence at Roulette. They receive a substantial number of hours in the space and concerts.

The Poetry Project, New York City, received $21,000 in support of Emerge-Surface-Be. The Poetry Project presents contemporary poetry to diverse audiences; increases public awareness, recognition, and appreciation for poetry and other arts; provides a community setting in which poets and artists exchange ideas and information; and encourages the participation and development of new poets from a broad range of styles. Initiated in 2013, Emerge-Surface-Be serves three emerging poets, selected by and paired with mentors. Over the course of nine months, the emerging poets are given opportunities to develop their craft and complete writing projects. Emerge-Surface-Be fellows have access to all Poetry Project events, including a reading within the Monday Night Reading Series, posting work on The Poetry Project website, and attending fellows-only gatherings.

The Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, St. Paul, Minnesota, received $7,500 to support the production of the Minnesota State of the Arts report. The Council increases access to the arts in the seven-county metropolitan area communities by providing information, organizational support, and grants. The Council is acting as fiscal sponsor for a statewide effort to produce a Minnesota State of the Arts report in 2015, utilizing data collected through the Cultural Data Project in Minnesota, and adding to that an economic impact study conducted with Americans for the Arts and other data sources, and interpretive services to produce a comprehensive document.

The Jerome Foundation Board set aside up to $75,000 in fiscal 2014-15 for a new program initiative titled Jerome@Camargo. These funds will support Jerome Foundation mission-related programming, the creation and development of new works of art by emerging artists, on the Camargo Foundation campus in Cassis, France. The program will be open to General Program grantees of the Jerome Foundation within the last five fiscal years, and also to Jerome Foundation-initiated partnerships with US grantmakers and national artists/arts service organizations. In addition to programs and projects that embody Jerome Foundation’s mission at the Camargo site, there must be a compelling reason for the activities to take place at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis. Examples include work created and developed in collaboration with artists from Provence, or in conjunction with cultural organizations in the area. Programs should bring artists into meaningful contact with resources in Camargo Foundation’s region. Applicants may also make the case for the particular environment of the Camargo Foundation being especially suited to the creative work to be undertaken.

Franklin Furnace, New York City, received a two-year grant of $84,000 in support of the participation of emerging New York City-based artists in the Franklin Furnace Fund. Franklin Furnace’s mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize, and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. The Franklin Furnace Fund, initiated in 1985, awards grants to emerging artists selected through peer panel review to produce major performance works in New York. Recipient artists have created work on all points of the spectrum from the body of the artist to the circulatory network of the Internet.

The Minnesota Council on Foundations, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received $5,850 in general support of the Council’s 2014 activities as well as the Jerome Foundation’s membership in the Council. The Council expands and strengthens a vibrant community of diverse grantmakers who individually and collectively advance the common good. Its members represent three-quarters of all grantmaking in the state, awarding more than $1 billion each year. The Council is an advocate for giving, a resource for grantmaking, and a catalyst for philanthropy.

The Lower East Side Printshop, New York City, received a two-year grant of $30,000 in support of Keyholder Residencies. This nonprofit printmaking studio supports contemporary artists in the creation of new work. The Keyholder Residency Program offers emerging artists free 24-hour access to printmaking facilities to develop new work and foster artistic careers. The residencies are one year in length, and enable Keyholder artists to work independently, in a productive environment alongside other artists. Applications are evaluated by a rotating committee of artists, critics, curators, and arts professionals. Stipends are offered, as well as a variety of services and educational subsidies.

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received a two-year grant of $210,000 in support of the MCAD/Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists. For more than a century, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) has been a catalyst for creativity, serving more than 700 degree-seeking students plus an additional 5,000 in its youth and adult classes and public programs each year. Its mission is to educate individuals to be professional artists and designers, pioneering thinkers, creative leaders, and engaged global citizens. The purpose of the MCAD/Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists program is to advance, artistically and critically, the work of emerging visual artists in Minnesota. It provides fellowships of $12,000 each to five fellows each year, allowing them the freedom to pursue their own work. Funds may be used to secure time to formulate ideas, experiment with new techniques and materials, work or study with mentors, purchase equipment, rent a studio, and make art. Three visiting critics or curators meet individually with the artists in studio visits. A culminating exhibition caps the year in MCAD’s gallery, accompanied by catalogue.


In 2014, the Jerome Foundation will celebrate 50 years of supporting emerging artists. Grants for programs that occur in 2014 will be designated as 50th Anniversary grants.

For further information about these grants, please contact Jerome Foundation Program Director Robert Byrd, Senior Program Officer Eleanor Savage, or President Cynthia Gehrig at 651.224.9431 or 1.800.995.3766.  Visit the Jerome Foundation on the Web at

The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905–1972), seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City.  



Published July 10, 2014

by Jeremy Meckler

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The Foundation currently is not accepting new applications for the General Program. Unless you are a current grantee requesting continued support for a program or project, please do not start an application. Contact The Foundation with questions.

The Foundation will open the application for the New York City and Minnesota Film,Video, and Digital Production Grant Program grant on June 2, 2016. 

The Travel and Study Grant Program application will open in October 2016. 

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