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Xavier Marrades Orga
The Pilgrim's Dive

2011
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

XAVIER MARRADES ORGA received $14,000 for TRANS TIME, a personal reflection of the filmmakers seven years in New York City. According to Orga, New York is a place that shaped his development as a person and artist and his entry into adulthood. He arrived in the city in his early twenties. It was the fulfillment of his teenage dream to move to New York, not only to realize his artistic ambitions, but also to nurture his developing sexuality as a gay man. The chance to leave behind the otherness that enveloped so much of his pre-New York years had finally arrived. He would also finally have a real chance to connect with others. What happened in the ensuing seven years was a rite of passage, moments of lost innocence, gains in maturity, brushes with mortality. This film is an open search and meditation about personal change in the transitional city of excellence. It will unfold as a trip through time, which Marrades Orga looks within himself and travels on a journey of discovery through others.

Media Alliance

1999
Media Arts
General Program
New York City

The MEDIA ALLIANCE, New York City, received $23,000 to subsidize radio/sound art fellowships. The mission of this organization is to support, promote and advocate for independent film, video, audio, radio and digital arts in the State of New York. Individual artists may apply to the fellowship program if they are working in sound and/or radio as independent art forms. Support is provided for single channel sound and radio projects, multichannel pieces, Internet projects and installation works. This fellowship program was initiated in 1999. Jerome funding for a second year allows the organization to build upon the applicant base.

Henry Hills

1993
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

Nathan Currier

2003
Music
General Program
New York City

The Jerome Foundation Directors made a $15,000 grant to the NEW YORK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS, New York City, as fiscal agent for composer NATHAN CURRIER. These dollars will be used to support the performance of Curriers Gaian Variations, by the Brooklyn Philharmonic in April of 2004. The piece is an expression through music, text, projections and limited staging of the Gaia Hypothesis, initiated in the early 1970s by British scientist James Lovelock. It asserts, in its most simplified expression, that the earth itself is a living organism. Curriers composition will be divided into three acts, encompassing instrumental sections as well as vocal settings of words by Lovelock and Loren Eiseley.

Saint John's University

1990
Visual Arts
General Program
Minnesota

Kimberlee Whaley

2004
Visual Arts
Travel and Study
Minnesota

Photographer KIMBERLEE WHALEY, Minneapolis, will spend seven days in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to further define and develop a photographic project titled Fragments, about her hometown. A year ago, she began this photographic investigation by making images representing her parent's house and their personal belongings while addressing issues of space, form and light. The work focused on an interior home life of absence. She will further articulate and expand Fragments through this trip. The series is expected to include landscapes, with a focus on personal artifacts found at certain places and how they tell personal and collective stories. The long-range goal is to create her first significant body of work, pursue exhibition opportunities for it, and advance her professional career.

Aaron Schock
CIRCO (Circus)

2008
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

AARON SCHOCK was awarded a grant in support of CIRCO, a visually immersive feature-length documentary examining the life, tradition and hardships of Mexico's rural traveling circuses. The film follows the Ponce family, a ten-member circus troupe, as it struggles to survive in contemporary Mexico. Living and performing on the road since the 19th century, the Ponce family is just one of thousands of traveling Mexican circuses in existence today, continuing its rich artistic tradition against the backdrop of a collapsing rural economy and declining audiences. For the Ponces, these challenges are felt intimately and have led to a crisis within the family. While one of the oldest circus families in Mexico, the Ponces are now too poor to hire outside help, which forces all the child performers in the family to strike, move, and pitch the circus themselves. The Ringmaster was born into the circus and is devoted to preserving the family tradition. His wife, who ran away with the circus at 15, becomes increasingly bitter as she watches her children give up their childhood for a life that renders few rewards. She wants out. Her decision to leave, as seen at the end of the film, resonates with consequences not only for her children and family, but also for the fate of this century-old family tradition.

Metropolitan State University

1975
Criticism
General Program
Minnesota

Susan Korda

1998
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

Funding was awarded to SUSAN KORDA in support of Either/Or, a 60-minute experimental documentary that looks at how the personalities and destinies of a Holocaust survivor's two children were molded by the experiences of their parents.

Dance Today

1989
Dance
General Program
Minnesota

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