Harvestworks, New York City, provides sound and computer technology and related services to emerging and mid-career artists through a Production Access Studio and a multimedia laboratory. Jerome Foundation funding of $18,000 over a two-year period will assist Harvestworks in continuing its Artist-in-Residence program.
Jerome Foundation Directors authorized a $10,000 grant to the WALKER ART CENTER, Minneapolis, Minnesota, in support of the commissioning, development and presentation of new theatrical work by MICHAEL SOMMERS and ANDREW MCCORMICK. The new work, titled A Prelude to Faust, is scheduled for 21 performances from mid-November through early December 1998 at Patricks Cabaret. This will be the major Twin Cities component of a new Walker-sponsored, five-part experimental puppetry series. A Prelude to Faust will feature live actors, puppets and other figures in an intricately designed unit set, accompanied by original music performed live. The work explores the concept of the fatal deed, a delicate choice or action that confronts the doer with the realization that
PATRICKS CABARET, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received $15,120 to support fees for emerging artists to develop and present new works in cabaret evenings. The mission of the Cabaret is to support artists in their growth and development, providing an environment that encourages risk taking and artistic growth. The Cabaret addresses the need for artists to have a place to create new works and refine their artistic abilities in front of audiences receptive to such raw work. Since 1996, the Cabaret has maintained its original, successful model of presenting a shared evening with artists of mixed artistic disciplines and levels of experience.
Writer SHARON K. HER received funding to spend three to four weeks in Golden Triangle, Thailand, and Vientiane, Laos, researching traditional Hmong villages and lifestyles to improve and authenticate the voices and settings in her writing. Having fled Laos at the age of two, Her has no memory of her familys country. Visiting communities in Southeast Asia will give her insight into the characters in her stories who grew up in all-Hmong societies. She will observe, in detail, the physical landscapes of each area to illuminate the scenes captured in her writing.
S.A.S.E.: THE WRITE PLACE, Minneapolis, Minnesota, acting as fiscal agent for the organization MIZNA, received a grant of $14,000 in support of the publication of the Mizna journal. Mizna, a nonprofit forum promoting Arab American culture, is committed to giving voice to Arab American artists through literature, film and performance. Jerome financing focuses on the literary journal Mizna, which, since 1999, has published the writing and artwork of over 150 Arab American writers and artists. As one of the only such journals of its type in the country, it has published 11 issues for a subscriber base of 455 and for distribution to libraries, universities and community centers. One of the purposes of the journal, issued twice each year, is to identify and publish the work of emerging writers. While the journal predominantly includes writing by Arab American authors, it is also open to writing by other authors dealing with Arab American subjects.
HERE, New York City, received $20,000 to support the creation and production of new works by core artists. A multi-arts center with performance spaces, galleries and a caf, HERE supports the innovative work of artists at all levels in their careers. Jerome funding will be directed toward two works by Fernando Maneca, Just Like a Man: Personal Anecdotes, Confessions and Other Tall Tales and Today I am Feeling a Bit Less Cynical. The first is a solo hybrid performance piece exploring what it means to be a man. The second is an ensemble piece inspired by the existential writings of Franz Kafka and Fernando Pessoa. Kristin Marting is developing a new work, The Winds of Her Misfortune, inspired by the writing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Marting will collaborate with Todd Griffin to examine the role of first world imperialism in third world societies through her gestural vocabulary and his low-tech music.