A grant was awarded to ANN PRIM, St. Paul, for Little Words, a narrative short that is the first story of The Vellum Trilogy, a collection of three fictional vignettes written by Ann Prim in the fall of 2009. Each story of The Vellum Trilogy takes a brief but intimate look into the lives of gay women writers and painters. The view is a private glimpse, where life and art intersect and memory is a story of interior landscapes. The Vellum Trilogy was conceived to be seen either as a single work or as three individual short films. Little Words is the story of a young writer, Rhys, who values her private world of words over all else. She is a Post-Modernist outsider who methodically strips from her life that which interferes and distracts. Beginning work on her second novel and awaiting word on whether her first novel will be published, she leaves her lover only to encounter someone who completely fractures her solitude and gives her the opportunity to reassess her reclusiveness.
The Foundation made a grant of $15,000 to GRANTMAKERS IN THE ARTS, Seattle, Washington, in support of the 2000 Grantmakers in the Arts Conference in the Twin Cities. This commitment is above and beyond the Jerome Foundations annual grant to the organization for general operations. The conference theme is The Source, referring literally to the beginnings of the Mississippi, and figuratively to the tributaries that together make art happen: the creativity of artists, the desire to come together in community, and the impulse to give.
Collette Gaiter, a visual artist and educator, was awarded $1,000 to spend a week in Washington, D.C. to research and procure historical images of African Americans in the National Archives and Library of Congress. She plans to gather information for an interactive multimedia work.
JENNIFER STOCK, sound artist, Brooklyn, New York, will travel to Hauterives, Chartres, and Chambourcy, France, to study three important outsider architecture sites as inspiration for future sound and video installations and to attend the Sonar Festival in Barcelona, Spain. Her installations and live performances combine instrumental music, video and field recordings to create illusionistic landscapes.
DANSPACE PROJECT, New York City, acting as fiscal sponsor for choreographer MIGUEL GUTIERREZ, received $9,000 in support of the development and production of Hybrid, a work for seven to nine dancers, created in collaboration between Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. Hybrid looks at different manifestations of hybridity in the spaces of form, culture, the body and performance. This work will explore and create fluid pathways between a mix of performance forms and between people in the space, generating an exchange of energy and experience. Gutierrez continues his investigation of how to translate the experimental nature of performing into a sensory experience for the audience.