HERE, New York City, began in 1993 as a means to support the work of a variety of resident companies and independent artists, in a multi-arts center with performance spaces, galleries and a cafe. Jerome funding of $20,000 was authorized for a cross-cultural opera that tracks the life of a 2,000-year old vampire of the Third World, Ajlinna Id-Dibayih, whose name means Kill the Lambs Quickly, as she sings her way to godlike celebrity in the First World. It will be a collaboration among librettist Ruth Margraff, multimedia artist and director Tim Maner and composer Fred Ho. The work will incorporate new video and Internet technologies combining original footage, documentary footage, live video of the performance, animation, digital media and live-feed video of international locations using remote Webcams.
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.
>With the fiscal sponsorship of the NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS, New York City, composer ANDREW WARSHAW received funding to develop The Sparks, The Ringing: An African-American Jewish Oratorio. This evening-length music-theater piece for full choirs of African-American men and boys, and Jewish men and boys, is set in the fever-dream of an African-American musicologist who has fathered a Jewish child. The libretto ranges over 5,000 years of Jewish, African and African-American history, and explores the musicologist's visions from Pharaonic Egypt to Harlem of the early 20th Century. The work will be sung in 11 languages by choirs, nearly a dozen soloists and an instrumental ensemble. Jerome support of $8,000 was authorized to continue the development of the piece.
UNIQUE PROJECTS, New York City, is managed by Pentacle/Danceworks. It served as fiscal agent for IRNE HULTMAN DANCE, which applied to the Jerome Foundation for support of its 2001 New York season. A grant of $8,000 was authorized for what Hultman calls the All-star event, featuring six dancers from the ballet and the modern worlds, all performing artists of considerable renown. Hultman envisions choreographing in a more abstract dance mode, working closely with the performers to elicit individual traits and talents, while exploring working dynamics and weaving a cohesive product.
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.