A grant of $10,000 was authorized to 1+1+1=ONE, Brooklyn, New York, in support of the creation and development of Low's Journey by Rha Goddess. Low's Journey is the first section of Meditations With The Goddess, part manifesto, part family history, and part spiritual evocation. The work explores issues of power, identity, class, and wellness. Three iconic goddesses emerge from the underworld to aid in an autobiographical, interactive search for universal and personal truth. Low's Journey features the character of a psychotic rapper and asks, What is insanity? Rha Goddess works in the convergence of hip-hop and contemporary performance, incorporating a continuum of African-American cultural expressions through music, dance, and theater.
ACCINOSCO, Brooklyn, New York, received $10,000 in support of the development and production of a new work titled The Success of Failure (or, The Failure of Success). Accinosco is a collective of performing artists, designers and musicians dedicated to creating groundbreaking original works that meld music, text, technical and theatrical design, and video with unbelievable fact and outrageous fiction. The collective was founded by Cynthia Hopkins, Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg. The new work is an epic folk tale told by a post-human creature via a live science-fiction film about rival strategies for surviving the imminent death of the sun. The story is thematically linked to the first two parts of The Accidental Trilogy through the exploration of amnesia, remembrance, shifting identities and shifting realities in a multifaceted stage world.
Michael Engel, dancer and choreographer, received $3,000 to support two weeks in Tempe, Arizona, to study with dancer/choreographer Daniel Nagrin. Engel will work with the choreographer on Nagrin's solo dances and learn Nagrin's solo Word Games.
The Jerome Foundation Directors authorized subsidy of $7,500 for the national service and membership organization GRANTMAKERS IN THE ARTS, Seattle, Washington. The purpose of Grantmakers in the Arts is to strengthen arts philanthropy and its role in contributing to a supportive environment for the arts. It provides educational programs for members, conducts research, issues publications and contributes to the national discourse on arts policy.
THE WRITERS ROOM, New York City, received a two-year grant of $33,000 to subsidize membership fees and provide scholarship funds for emerging writers with financial need. The Writers Room is an urban writers' colony dedicated to providing clean, quiet and affordable workspace, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to writers. Members include novelists, playwrights, screenwriters, poets, nonfiction writers, journalists, biographers, memoirists and children's book writers. It serves approximately 400 writers each year with approximately 300 of those being emerging.