Video producer RANDY CROCE received funding to spend one week in Vermont and three weeks in northern Italy. Croce will scout locations, join collaborators, conduct interviews, and research other background information about the immigration of Italian stonecutters to Barre, Vermont, the "Granite Capital" of the United States, for a video documentary.
THE FOUNDRY THEATRE, New York City, received $23,520 in support of the creation and production of new works by emerging artists based in New York City and/or Minnesota in the 2008-09 season. The mission of the Foundry is to assemble a community of artists with revolutionary ideas for the theatre and the world in which it is situated. The Foundry commissions, develops, premieres and tours new theatrical works in tandem with public dialogues that bring artists together with public thinkers to formulate new questions for these changing times. Jerome funding will be directed to the production of one premiere, developmental projects and commissions. The Foundry values the germination of an idea and attentive nurturing through a thoughtful process, placing a high value on work that challenges form.
The Jerome Foundation, on a very limited basis, makes grants to established mid-career artists if they are facing particularly steep challenges and are at critical junctures in their work and careers. A grant of $15,000 was awarded to FIVE MYLES, Brooklyn, New York, to support the creation and production of a new work by puppet theater artist HANNE TIERNEY. Tierneys project represents new artistic territory for her, an investigation into changing the relationship between audience and performance, to let the audience experience a sense of complete participation in the action on stage. Shell change this relationship through the unorthodox use of video projection. Her new work titled How Wang-Fo Was Saved, based on an old Chinese legend and a story by Margaret Yourcenar, tells the story of the triumph of art over life.
Founded in 1982, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ARTISTS' ORGANIZATIONS serves, promotes and protects artists' organizations, which, in turn, support and present new, experimental and emerging work in the visual, performing, media, literary and interdisciplinary arts. There are over 600 members. A Jerome grant of $10,000 will support, in part, the 2000 Annual Conference, to be held June 22-25 in New York City. Three core issues to be examined are Defying Artistic Isolation, Leadership Development and Operational Systems. Jerome subsidy will cover the expenses of artists from Minnesota and New York City artists attending the Conference.
Flamenco dancer and choreographer SUSANA DI PALMA was awarded a grant to spend three weeks in Barcelona, Spain. Di Palma will study with choreographers Montse Sanchez and Ramon Baeza from Increpacion Flamenco Dance Theatre. This trip will provide the inspiration and peer input that di Palma needs to continue creating work that is technically fresh and conceptually deep. Working with Increpacion, an all-female dance company, will also influence her recently formed female flamenco ensemble Majas.
ZEITGEIST, Saint Paul, Minnesota, acting as fiscal agent for composer ANTHONY GATTO, received $9,000 in support of the development and production of The Making of America. Zeitgeist, a new music ensemble, is an advocate and catalyst forging new links between contemporary composers and music lovers. Composer Anthony Gatto and the Walker Art Center will co-produce The Making of America. This evening length work will integrate live music with text by Gertrude Stein, a sound design, new digital films, and early American archival footage of silent movies. As a meditation on American history, the work will be presented in four sections, featuring the commissioned work of four filmmakers. The performing ensembles will be Zeitgeist and the New York City-based string quartet Ethel.
The LARK PLAY DEVELOPMENT CENTER, New York City, received $10,800 in support of programs serving emerging playwrights and the development of their works. A laboratory for new voices and new ideas, the Lark provides playwrights with resources to develop their work, nurturing artists at all stages in their careers, and inviting them to express themselves freely in a supportive and rigorous environment. Programs and services are divided into the three areas of play scouting, play incubation and play advancement. The Larks commitment to emerging playwrights is manifested in multiple programs and services, beginning with the practice of open access in which the Lark invites scripts from writers throughout the country and abroad. Programs encompass a playwrights workshop, an annual fellowship with a year of free housing in New York City, fully rehearsed public presentations of plays in the form of BareBones productions, studio retreats, roundtables, an annual playwrights week festival of eight to 12 new plays, international exchange programs, an alumni playwright program and launching new plays into the repertoire initiative. Jerome support is focused on emerging playwrights based in New York City and Minnesota.