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Ann Aiko Bergeron

2002
Dance
Travel and Study
Minnesota

ANN AIKO BERGERON, Duluth, Minnesota; professor, choreographer, and director; will travel to New York City for ten days to attend the New York City Tap Festival. This Festival brings together some of the finest tap dance artists in the world to share their talents through master classes, extended technique classes, performances, tap jams, and panel discussions. Bergeron hopes to develop technically and artistically. She especially seeks greater skill in improvisational performance.

Foundation Center

1984
Miscellaneous
General Program
New York City

Symphony Space

1999
Literature
General Program
New York City

SYMPHONY SPACE, New York City, received a grant of $15,000 in support of a Selected Shorts program in Minnesota. Symphony Space presents free or low-cost artistic programs representative of New York's many cultures. Its programming is varied and energetic. The mission of Selected Shorts is to foster the appreciation of short fiction and the spoken word through a variety of media. Jerome Foundation has been supporting the participation of emerging writers in that program for three years. In 1993, Symphony Space was invited by The Loft to select three Minnesota writers and to produce a program of readings in St. Paul in cooperation with Minnesota Public Radio. The Jerome Foundation Directors were interested in repeating that program offering. The event is scheduled for November of this year. It will be presented in the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, and promoted as part of the 20th Anniversary of The Loft's Mentor Series.

Romelle Adkins

2014
Literature
Travel and Study
Minnesota

ADKINS, ROMELLE, Minnesota, will travel to Boston, Massachusetts and Charleston, South Carolina to research personal histories, photographic archives, newspaper articles, and historic sites to inform and complete a draft of her novel. This research will inform the psyche of the characters in her novel about social/racial strife, the hiding of one’s identity, the search for one’s self worth and soul, the loss of family, betrayal and comradeship, the repercussions of slavery and the fight for freedom, and the fabric upon which their story is structured.

Kenna-Camara Cottman
Takk

2013
Dance
General Program
Minnesota

JUXTAPOSITION ARTS, Minneapolis, Minnesota, as fiscal sponsor for choreographer Kenna-Camara Cottman, Minneapolis, Minnesota, received $8,000 in support of the development and production of Takk.  Juxtaposition Arts develops community by engaging and employing young urban artists in hands-on education initiatives that create pathways to self-sufficiency while actualizing creative power.  It combines design education and youth empowerment with a social-enterprise business model.  Cottman has been dancing, studying, teaching, and organizing in the Minneapolis area for over 20 years.  Her main area of focus is Black Dance, with an emphasis on West African and Hip Hop Dance and culture.  Takk is an exploration of relationships placed in the shifting sand of a Senegalese wrestling ring.  The work will investigate the ambiguity that comes from expressing emotions and desire, the effects of commentary by outsiders on a romance, and the way the sand affects movement.  Jerome support will subsidize, in part, three productions of the work in 2013.

Momenta Art

2000
Visual Arts
General Program
New York City

MOMENTA ART, Brooklyn, New York, is a nonprofit alternative space that promotes the work of emerging artists. The standard exhibition format is two, one-person shows in separate project rooms. Momenta mounts seven to nine shows each year, exhibiting 14-18 emerging and under-represented visual artists to an approximate audience of 3,000. The Jerome Foundation made a two-year grant of $24,000 to support the participation of emerging artists in the exhibition program. Co-directors Eric Heist and Laura Parnes work with Board members to select artists for exhibitions, based on an open call system that welcomes slide submissions throughout the year.

Ariadna Capasso

2006
Film and Video
Travel and Study
New York City

ARIADNA CAPASSO, a New York City documentary filmmaker will travel to Mexico City, Jalisco, Tamaulipas and Chihuahua, Mexico, to visit places that were significant to Juan Rulfo in order to experience the land, the solitude, the dejection and also the beauty of nature as he did. Rulfo was among the most influential Spanish language writers in the twentieth century and pioneered the school of Magic Realism. Capasso's research constitutes the pre-production phase of her video Across the Silence.

Franconia Sculpture Park

2004
Visual Arts
General Program
Minnesota

FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK, Shafer, Minnesota, received $34,000 in support of emerging artists' residencies. Franconia is a work/residence, outdoor sculpture park, occupying 16 acres. Franconia's mission is to support artists and their careers, conduct workshops, and offer residency programs. Artists are invited to create work on site for the Park. They are given physical space, technical assistance, materials, and financial support to produce their work. Artists are selected via an open call and jury review.

Theater for the New City

1999
Theater
General Program
New York City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, New York City, received $17,500 toward emerging playwrights' commissions and production subsidies in the 1999-2000 season. Theater for the New City was founded in 1970 as a center for new and innovative theater arts, accessible to its community. Its purpose is to discover new plays, nurture and develop playwrights and act as a bridge between playwrights and audiences.

Karl Jacob
Cold November

2014
Film and Video
Minnesota Film and Video
Minnesota

KARL JACOB, Hibbing, received support for Cold November, a hybrid narrative feature-length film that will be the second in a trilogy shot in the same location in northern Minnesota as Pollywogs, the first film in the trilogy. The film follows Florence, a 12-year-old girl being raised within a matriarchal family that puts a lot of weight on the pragmatic and traditional ritual of a child's first deer hunt. Through the guidance of her mother, grandmother, aunts and uncle, Florence discovers and accepts the path she must take while simultaneously living through the aftermath of a recent family trauma. In revealing the timeless mythology embodied by this modern American rite of passage, and in the hunting and mourning experiences of a girl who is becoming a woman, filmmaker Jacob hopes to spark thought about how facing mortality is a fundamental and confrontational part of what it means to be human.

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