Posted at 11:29 AM on November 28, 2012
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Funding
The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its grants for 2013, and out of 832 awards totaling $23.3 million, Minnesota arts organizations claimed 28 grants for a total of $877,500.
NEA grants are not spread equally across the country; New York received a total of 236 grants amounting to more than $7 million, while neither North Dakota nor South Dakota received any grants at all.
Minnesota ranked 8th in the amount of money it received from the NEA; here's who placed ahead of it:
1. New York 236 grants $7,036,000
2. California 136 grants $3,730,500
3. Illinois 38 grants $1,106,000
4. Massachusetts 33 grants $1,050,000
5. Texas 37 grants $1,045,000
6. Pennsylvania 39 grants $973,000
7. Dis. of Colombia 23 grants $900,000
Here are a few of the more interesting grants to make the list:
College of Saint Benedict
St. Joseph, MN
CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Presenting
To support the presentation of multidisciplinary artists throughout Minnesota for underserved audiences. Writer Diane Ackerman, poet and hip-hop artist Dessa, and musician Simon Shaheen will participate in performances and workshops for audiences including at-risk youth, residents of a domestic abuse shelter, the elderly and their caregivers, and immigrant communities.
Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts (aka Minneapolis Institute of Arts)
CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Museum
To support the research phase for the exhibition Eugene Delacroix and Modernity. Co-organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the National Gallery, London, the exhibition will comprise approximately 70 oil paintings. In addition to Delacroix (1798- 1863), the exhibition will include works by Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Renoir, Courbet, Degas, and others.
Minnesota Museum of American Art
St. Paul, MN
CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Museum
To support a retrospective exhibition and catalogue of the Native American modernist George Morrison (1919-2000). The exhibition will include more than 80 artworks spanning the breadth of Morrison's career, from his early figurative drawings and regionalist paintings of the 1940s to the monumental abstract landscapes and wood sculptures of the 1970s, and his late 20th-century drawings and paintings.
CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Visual Arts
To support the re-creation of Marcel Breuer's St. Paul house (1962) that will be floated down the Mississippi River as part of the Northern Spark nuit blanche festival. Minnesota artist Chris Larson will work with Professor of Architecture Charlie Lazor, a group of graduate architecture and BFA students from the University of Minnesota, and the current owner of Marcel Breuer's Frank Kacmarcik home to recreate it to scale following the original architectural plans, using wood frame, cardboard, and paint. Set on a solid floating platform, the house will float on the river and then be set on fire as a symbolic act of celebration and destruction.
St. Catherine University (on behalf of The O'Shaughnessy Auditorium)
St. Paul, MN
CATEGORY: Art Works FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance
To support the presentation of artists in the Women of Substance program at The O'Shaughnessy Auditorium, as well as a residency program for middle school girls in Saint Paul public schools. Artists to be presented include Bebe Miller Company; Emily Johnson/Catalyst; FLY: Five First Ladies of Dance (Germaine Acogny, Carmen de Lavallade, Dianne McIntyre, Bebe Miller and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar); and Gallim Dance/Andrea Miller.
You can find a complete list of Minnesota grantees here.
The History Theatre's holiday production this year is "Christmas of Swing," a take off of its popular "Sisters of Swing" show, featuring music and a storyline for the season.
Critics enjoyed the music, but found the storyline uneven.
Ruthie Baker, Jen Burleigh-Bentz and Stacey Lindell as the Andrews Sisters
Photo by DnK Photography
"Christmas of Swing" fulfills its mission well of offering up a nostalgic, warm-hearted nod to one of America's finest trios and recreating the period flavor of their music while emphasizing its timeless appeal.
Such plays tend to truck in nostalgia. They work hard to balance the light and dark aspects of the holiday season and sometimes err to one side or another. And most frequently, they are too long.
All of these things are true about the History Theatre's current production of "Christmas of Swing." ...[There are] a lot of ingredients in the stew, and while the recipe can be both sweet and savory, the flavors of this collation don't always blend and balance well.
I don't need Hamlet from my holiday shows, but I want to be engaged enough that I can sink in and go to a different place for a couple of hours. That happens occasionally in Christmas of Swing -- the letters home are often very effective -- but I could have replicated that with an anthology of World War II writings and some Andrews Sisters 78s.
"Christmas of Swing" runs through December 23 at the History Theatre in downtown St. Paul.
Have you seen "Christmas of Swing?" If so, what's your review?
Over the past three years, Walker Art Center's Open Field has become a playground for creative exploration.
Recently Walker and Open Field programmer curator Scott Stulen shared lessons gleaned from Open Field, which has hosted everything from Live Action Role Playing to an Internet Cat Video Festival.
In this TED talk, Stulen posits that we need to practice such skills as playing, creating, and daydreaming:
The Twitter Fiction Festival gets underway today. Would-be authors from around the world have been invited to share their stories and, possibly, give a new twist to the written word.
Today on The Daily Circuit, host Kerri Miller asked Egan if there's any real literary value writing, beyond pure experimentation, to "tweeting" a story.
"You would be a better judge of the literary value than I would, since I wrote it, but what I can say is that the particular story that I wrote could not have been written any other way except in these very small structural units that I wrote with Twitter in mind. Although I should mention that I wrote them by hand, because that's how I write fiction.
To the extent that I ended up being able to write a story that I am really proud of, I have to say - I think it may be better than anything else I've done - Twitter made that possible, so to that extent it had a real literary impact, at least on me."
Here are the first tweets of Egan's short story "Black Box," about a futuristic female spy and her mission as recorded in her mission log.
People rarely look the way you expect them to, even when you've seen pictures.
The first thirty seconds in a person's presence are the most important.
If you're having trouble perceiving and projecting, focus on projecting.
Necessary ingredients for a successful projection: giggles; bare legs; shyness.
The goal is to be both irresistible and invisible.
When you succeed, a certain sharpness will go out of his eyes.
What do you think? Is Twitter going to be the birthplace of great new works of literature?