Shelli Ainsworth, Minneapolis, MN, $8,000. For the production of "Stay Then Go", a one-hour experimental documentary about her autistic son and her own experience as his mother. The piece will juxtapose "home videos" with short dramatic scenes which describe the experiences of fictional characters in similar predicaments.
Pillsbury United Communities/Pillsbury House + Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received $10,000 in support of the commissioning, development and production of new works by emerging playwrights and the Three Mondays reading series. Launched in 1992 as a professional arts institution committed to the Settlement House tradition of creating art in collaboration with community, the mission of Pillsbury House + Theatre is to produce challenging theater to inspire choice, change, and connection. The Three Mondays reading series develops and showcases the works of new and emerging playwrights. The Theatre also commissions and produces new works by emerging playwrights on its mainstage.
The Jerome Foundation renewed its membership in and provided general support for the programs of the COUNCIL ON FOUNDATIONS, Washington, D.C.; the MINNESOTA COUNCIL ON FOUNDATIONS, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and GRANTMAKERS IN THE ARTS, Seattle, Washington. A total of $32,170 was authorized for three service organizations important to the fields of philanthropy and the arts.
KENNETH D. MCCULLOUGH, of Winona, is a teacher and writer and translator who received funding to spend one month in Cambodia. McCullough will gather background information for Crossing Three Wildernesses, the autobiography of U Sam Oeur, Cambodian poet, living in exile in the United States. Since 1992, McCullough has been working with Oeur in translating his work.
MIKE HAZARD, St. Paul, MN, $12,000. Hazard will receive funds to produce a 30-minute video titled Solar Power & Moonshine, composed as an imaginary year in the life of a videopoet named Mediamike. This first-person, narrative video is a montage of light and dark-hearted essays, random notes, chance images, documentary portraits of individuals, and lyrical videopoems.
Rimpel, Adriana, Minneapolis, Minnesota, will travel to Mexico City, Mexico, to research her maternal Mexican lineage. Rimpel, of Mexican-American and Haitian descent, experienced a profound connection when she visited her mother's family in Mexico nine years ago. With this return trip, she seeks to map the correlations between her and her family, as inspiration and content for new work. Rimpel plans to conduct interviews with family members and research family records and archives to discover the influence of the arts in the lives of her family, their core personal values, professions and specialized skills, and any participation in activism and social justice work.