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Kristopher Douglas

2013
Visual Arts
Travel and Study
Minnesota

Douglas, Kristopher, Rochester, Minnesota, will travel to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa to conduct research in support of an exhibition to be presented at the Rochester Art Center in 2015.  This exhibition will feature the work of South African-born artist Kendell Geers and other artists from the region.  The exhibition will add significant new scholarship in the field of contemporary art, and will present candid confrontations with ideas and contemporary topics that might otherwise be ignored or taken for granted by Western audiences.  A major component of the exhibition is the commissioning of new work by artists living and working in South Africa. Douglas will make studio visits, talking with artists, meeting with art historians and scholars to identify topics for the exhibition’s catalog. Researching spaces for contemporary art in the region is critical for his conceptual framing of the exhibition. 

Mu Performing Arts

1993
Theater
General Program
Minnesota

John Colburn

2003
Literature
Travel and Study
Minnesota

Storyteller and teacher JOHN COLBURN will spend eight-days at Atlantic College in Wales attending the Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival at St. Donats Art Centre. He will gain insight from the best storytellers available at this internationally recognized event on how to construct, pace, and perform an oral narrative. Colburn will also visit the nearby birthplace of Dylan Thomas, an influential literary figure for him, in Swansea.

Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.

1991
Multidisciplinary
General Program
New York City

Morgan Thorson & Company

2006
Dance
General Program
Minnesota

THE SOUTHERN THEATER, Minneapolis, Minnesota, acting as fiscal sponsor for MORGAN THORSON & COMPANY, received $10,000 in support of the production of new work in New York City. The mission of The Southern Theater is to build and sustain a vibrant artistic community by supporting the Twin Cities' most creative independent performing artists and presenting them to audiences in an intimate environment that encourages artistic exploration. It frequently acts as fiscal sponsor for independent artists' requests. Choreographer Morgan Thorson has created dance and movement-based works since 1996. Her choreography is based on rigorous physical methodology. She's interested in the tension between the physical limitations of the body and the expansive nature of the imagination. Thorson and her company will produce the evening-length Faker in January 2007 at P.S. 122, and No Feeling for Harmony in March at the Joyce Soho. Her objectives are to gain visibility in New York and initiate a touring program for the company.

Nautilus Music-Theater
Emerging Artists Initiative

2014
Theater
General Program
Minnesota

NAUTILUS MUSIC-THEATER, St. Paul, Minnesota, received $20,000 in support of the participation of emerging writers and composers in the Composer-Librettist Studio and the Rough Cuts Commissioning Program. Nautilus is dedicated to the development of new operas and other forms of music-theater, along with innovative productions of existing work. The Composer-Librettist Studio provides an opportunity for writers and composers to work with professional performers, exploring the possibilities and basic elements of music-theater. The Studio focuses on the process of collaboration. Jerome support will also enable Nautilus to commission teams of writers and composers to create new work for Rough Cuts, an informal series of works-in-progress, dialogues between artists and audiences, and explorations of the creative process.

Marta Renzi & Dancers

1985
Dance
General Program
Other

National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture

2000
Media Arts
General Program
Minnesota

INTERMEDIA ARTS, Minneapolis, Minnesota, acting as fiscal agent for the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, received funding for its 2000 conference. The mid-October NAMAC conference will bring a national constituency of leaders in the media arts to the Twin Cities to interact with Minnesota media arts administrators and artists in an intensive four-day inquiry into the current state of the field and an exploration of its future directions. This presents an important opportunity for regional media arts organizations and artists to participate in workshops and panel discussions on key issues facing the field, to engage in networking and mentoring opportunities, and to highlight their own work. The conference theme is Changing Media/Mediating Change. The three primary program tracks will explore the role of the media in building healthy communities, directions in digital conversion and the formation of effective partnerships to accomplish goals. A grant of $10,000 was made in addition to a commitment of up to $3,000 to subsidize registrations for Minnesota and New York City media artists and arts administrators.

David DeBlieck

2006
Dance
Travel and Study
Minnesota

DAVID DEBLIECK, a choreographer residing in St. Cloud, Minnesota, will spend twenty days in Rhinebeck, New York, and Brattleboro, Vermont, studying Butoh-inspired dance with Maureen Fleming and advanced acrobatic/aerial training with Nimble Arts and Cirque de Soleil alumni Elsie Smith, Serenity Smith Forchion and Bill Forchion. DeBliek's choreography encompasses both Butoh and aerial work; this research will assist him in delving deeper into both forms.

International Friendship Through the Performing Arts

2008
Music
General Program
Minnesota

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP THROUGH THE PERFORMING ARTS, Burnsville, Minnesota, received $9,000 to support the commissioning of three new music compositions by composer Gao Hong. The mission of the organization is to help bridge the gaps between the many diverse cultures found in the United States by promoting intercultural fellowship, interaction and understanding through activities in the performing arts. It presents, books and commissions performers of indigenous instruments from a variety of cultures. Gao Hong will be commissioned to create three new works. The first will be written for pipa with taiko, sitar, cello, percussion and tabla. The second will be written for the new music ensemble Zeitgeist. The third piece will be a work for Hong's newly formed new music ensemble Intersection.

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