THE KITCHEN, New York City, received $15,000 in support of commissions for emerging artists to create, develop, and present new work in 2010 at The Kitchen. The Kitchen is dedicated to supporting new work by innovative artists within and across the fields of music, dance, theater, video and film, digital art, and literature. It is widely known for its commitment to experimental new work and for providing instrumental support during the early years of artists careers. Commissions will go to a diverse range of artists engaged in challenging, experimental practices and working in a broad spectrum of media and disciplines, ranging from music, dance, and theater to video, sound, and mixed media installation.
Choreographer and dancer EMILY JOHNSON received a grant to travel to St. Mary's, Alaska, to attend Yupiit Yuraryarait, a Yupik Eskimo dance festival. Johnson is Yupik, but has never attended the festival, which is held every four years. She intends to write about the festival and incorporate what she learns into her movement vocabulary.
The Jerome Foundation Directors authorized a two-year grant of $68,000 to INDEPENDENT FEATURE PROJECT/NORTH, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in collaboration with Intermedia Arts, the Walker Art Center's Film/Video Department and Twin Cities Public Television to support the public television series MNTV. Grant dollars will fund license fees awarded to Minnesota independent film and video artists whose work has been chosen from a competitive field to air on Twin Cities Public Television. Funding also supports the selection process and some broadcast costs. The purpose of the series is to provide professional development for film and video artists in this state, affording them opportunities to have works shown before large television audiences. Four hour-long episodes highlighting the most innovative short films created within the previous 36 months are broadcast annually.
The Jerome Foundation Directors authorized a $4,400 grant to the NORTHERN CLAY CENTER, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in support of an exhibition, workshop and related educational programming featuring the work of Eddie Dominguez, a major figure in American ceramics and artist whose work strongly reflects his identity as an individual of Mexican descent. The Clay Center will work closely with CreArte to engage local emerging artists in a workshop with Dominguez.
EYEBEAM, New York City, received a grant of $30,000 for the Artists @ Eyebeam Residency Program in fiscal years 2010-11 and 2011-12. Eyebeam is a collaborative art and technology center that supports new media artists through residencies and fellowships, and develops public and education programs relevant to their practice. The studio/workspace environment, in which the energies of artistic production, education, and curatorial practice fuse, provides a unique, stimulating, and vital context for creating art. Eyebeam provides artists stipends, fabrication materials, software purchases and upgrades, and equipment upkeep to facilitate the creation and public presentation of new work. Eyebeam offers technical expertise, curatorial and editorial guidance, and equipment training in addition to presentation support in its gallery. Jerome funds are designated for support of emerging artists who reside in New York City and/or Minnesota.
SCOTT KING, a letterpress printer, editor and poet, Northfield, will spend 15 days as an apprentice to Michael and Winifred Bixler, who have been producing metal type for letterpress printers for four decades, from their base in Skaneateles, New York. Their foundry specializes in classic English Monotype book typefaces. King operates Red Dragonfly Press. The Bixlers will teach him how to operate a Monotype typecaster. This will enrich the work of his Press. It is a long-term goal of King's to own and operate a foundry in the Midwest to support a growing community of letterpress printers.