Jerome Foundation awarded a grant of $26,000 to the ZENON DANCE COMPANY AND SCHOOL, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in support of the development and production of new works by three emerging choreographers. Zenons mission is to sustain an artistically excellent, professional dance company by presenting the commissioned works of emerging and locally, nationally, and internationally recognized modern and jazz choreographers to the broadest and most diverse audiences and communities possible, including those with disabilities. It accomplishes this through performance, education, and outreach. Artistic Director Linda Z. Andrews selects emerging professional choreographers to set new works on the company. The choreographers bring excitement and risk to the works.
LAURA LITTLEFORD received funding to travel to London and cities and towns in Wales to conduct research for her book-in-progress, Winter Seed, a cross-genre collection of memoir, literary criticism, and poetry.
The SITI COMPANY, New York City, received $12,000 to support the Associates Program. Led by Artistic Director Anne Bogart, SITI is an ensemble-based company comprised of 20 actors, designers, administrators and technical staff. Its mission is to create new works for the theater, to perform and tour those productions, to provide ongoing training for young theater professionals, and to foster opportunities for cultural exchange. Piloted in 2001, the Associates Program was designed by Bogart to nurture emerging artists in their growth as creators of their own work, designers, performers and teachers. This is a year-round apprenticeship for three to five artists. Each associate is given rehearsal time in the Company's studio, professional support from the SITI staff, mentoring from Bogart and company members, and stipends for the creation of new work. They're also engaged in performance opportunities to build their aesthetic understanding.
NORTHERN LIGHTS.MN, Minneapolis, Minnesota received a two-year grant of $130,000 in support of the Art(ists) On The Verge Fellowship Program for Minnesota-based emerging artists and artist groups. Northern Lights.mn presents innovative art in the public sphere, both physical and virtual, focusing on artists creatively using technology, both old and new, to engender new relations between audience and art work and more broadly between citizenry and their built environment. Art(ists) On The Verge is a two-track fellowship and mentoring program for artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on practices that are social, collaborative, and/or participatory. Participating fellows receive commissions, technical support, mentorship, critical feedback, and exhibition or presentation.
Filmmaker and arts administrator BIENVENIDA MATIAS received support to spend two weeks in Puerto Rico to explore how island and United States-based Puerto Ricans define a Puerto Rican national cultural identity. Part of this discussion centers on how artists and critics define and discuss the difference between high/fine and low/popular arts and culture. The question of a Puerto Rican cultural identity runs deeper than aesthetic debates, for it is informed by race, class, language, politics, religion and geography. Her journey is divided into two parts, the first to coincide with a festival of contemporary Latino performance art titled Rompeforma and the second during the Festival of Santiago, the patron saint of the village of Loiza, which is well known as an Afro-Caribbean community.