JOHN DAVIS, Executive Director of the Cornucopia Arts Center in Lanesboro, received a grant to investigate models of Utopian communities and visit sculpture parks that have a strong vision and sense of community connection. Davis will visit Arco Santi, Arizona; Celebration, Florida; Convergence in Providence, Rhode Island; Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, Minnesota; and Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, New York.
FRANKLIN FURNACE, New York City, was founded in 1976 as an archive of artists books, a performance art program for emerging artists and an exhibition program for time-based arts. Jerome has supported the Fund for Performance Art since 1985. This regranting program, using a competitive review process and an independent selection panel, awards emerging artists commissions of $2,000 to $5,000 to assist performance artists present their works at venues in New York City. On the occasion of its 20th Anniversary, Franklin Furnace transformed itself into a virtual institution; its website becoming its public face. In the spring of 1998, it launched a program of live art netcasts to a world wide audience. Jerome funding was also authorized for The Future of the Present 2001, a program in which virtual and web artists are given the resources they need to create new work and to place it on the web. The Foundations two-year commitment to both programs is $84,000.
KRISTINE SMITH, Executive Director of Patricks Cabaret, received a grant for herself and the Artistic Director to consult with advertising firms to increase their knowledge of marketing, public relations, and publicity for the Cabaret. They are particularly interested in learning more about electronic media and marketing, festival and event promotion, and grassroots community organizing. Patricks Cabaret would like to develop a unique strategy that melds mainstream publicity with community organizing to maintain its sense of community while expanding its audience base.
William F. Eddins, a musician and conductor currently in residence with the Minnesota Orchestra, received $3,500 toward a month-long period in Berlin. Eddins will assist maestro Daniel Barenbaum as a repetiteur and rehearsal pianist at the Berlin Staatsoper.