April 8, 2013
Today, The MAP Fund, administered by Creative Capital, announced its 2013 grants to 41 groundbreaking projects involving 70 generative artists. For this, its 24th year, the MAP Fund will provide direct project funding ranging from $15,000 to $40,000, plus an additional $200,000 total in general operating grants to all applicant organizations and artists. Since its founding in 1988, the MAP Fund has provided more than $24 million in project funding to nearly one thousand works across all performing arts disciplines, $1 million in general operating funds since 2009, and $600,000 in research and development grants since 2010.
"Over the years, the MAP Fund has consistently identified the most exciting artists and projects to support," says Ruby Lerner, President & Executive Director of Creative Capital, which administers the MAP Fund. "We are so proud and honored to house this vital program for the performing arts."
The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports artists, ensembles, producers and presenters whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or "the other," be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity.
The 2013 grantee projects represent these principles in highly contemporary and unexpected ways. Among the 41 works, for example, are a collaboration between Pakistani singer Zeb Bangash and American klezmer clarinetist Michael Winograd; New York-based, Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire's reconsideration of The Rite of Spring; and a new opera from composer Ted Hearn about the trial of alleged Wikileaks source Private First Class Bradley Manning. For full descriptions of the 2013 grantee projects, visit our website.
Ben Cameron, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Program Director for the Arts, notes, "For the last twenty-five years, the MAP Fund has been at the forefront of supporting exciting projects and extraordinary talent. We at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation are proud to support this exemplary program and look forward to the various works to be created with this year's grants."
Selection Process & Panelists
This year, the MAP Fund received a total of 813 submissions from artists in 42 states, reviewed in three stages by 58 arts professionals and artists from across the country serving as readers, evaluators and panelists.
For the 2013 awards, the panelists who selected the final projects were: Pia Agrawal (independent producer, Austin, TX), Michelle Boulé (independent dance artist, New York), Bill Bragin (Director of Public Programming, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York), Don Byron (independent composer, New Jersey), Jess Curtis (choreographer/director, Artistic Director, Jess Curtis/Gravity, San Francisco/Berlin), Jackie Sibblies Drury (playwright, New York), Cathy Edwards (Director of Programming, International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, CT), Gayle Isa (Executive Director, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia), Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (Producing Associate, New York Live Arts, Co-Director of anonymous bodies II art colllective, Philadelphia), Tommy Kriegsmann (President, ArKtype, New York), Mark Murphy (Executive Director, REDCAT, Los Angeles) and Susan Narucki (soprano and professor of music, University of California at San Diego).
About the MAP Fund
The MAP Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program, which was established by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1988, has supported innovation and cross-cultural exploration in theater, dance and music for more than two decades. Among the longest-lived programs in arts philanthropy, MAP has disbursed over $24 million dollars to more than one thousand projects. Creative Capital has administered the program since 2001. For more information, visit www.mapfund.org.
About Creative Capital
Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Our pioneering approach—inspired by venture-capital principles—helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Since 1999, Creative Capital has committed $29 million in financial and advisory support to 418 projects representing 529 artists, and our Professional Development Program has reached 5,500 artists in more than 150 communities. For more information, visit www.creative-capital.org.
Alarm Will Sound, Inc.
The Hunger, a new opera on the inequities that led to the Great Famine in Ireland for Alarm Will Sound, Dawn Upshaw, and Iarla O'Lionáird.
Ars Nova Theater I, Inc.
Jacuzzi, a new play commission for The Debate Society, explores class inequality and competition among modern day servants.
Automata for Cloud Eye Control
Half Life, Cloud Eye Control's multidisciplinary performance piece inspired by personal blog postings of Japanese housewives who were directly affected by the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
Bang on a Can
Bulgarian Asphalt, a new commission for Bang on a Can's Asphalt Orchestra, including music by Ivo Papasov and movement by Parker Lutz.
Beth Morrison Projects
The Source, a music-theatre piece composed by Ted Hearne with libretto by Mark Doten and video by Nikolai Antonie, questions the consequences of information transparency in the 21st century.
Big Dance Theater
ADAM SMITHEE, a dance/theater triptych co-conceived by Paul Lazar and Annie-B Parson in collaboration with video designer Jeff Parson, in which the company simultaneously employs techniques of narrative abstraction and hyper-narration through choreographic, video, aural, and textual fragmentation.
Center for Traditional Music and Dance
The Pomegranate of Sistan, a musical collaboration between Pakistani vocalist Zeb Bangash and American klezmer clarinetist Michael Winograd, addresses religious orthodoxy and nationalism across cultural divides.
Children's Theatre Company
The Fre, a new theatrical experience created by performance artist Taylor Mac, questions what it means to behave "correctly" for multi-generational audiences.
Columbia Music Festival Association for Wideman/Davis Dance
Ruptured Silence: Racist Symbolism and Signs, a new dance theater work that questions the history of the confederate flag and its current role in the southern United States.
CounterPULSE for Laura Arrington, Jesse Hewitt
Adult, a collaboration between Laura Arrington and Jesse Hewitt, is a work/ a love song/ a murder plot/ a funeral/ and a dance that subverts the pervasive experience of the duet in two acts.
Dancers' Group for Dohee Lee
The Mago Project, Dohee Lee's new performance installation, integrates music, dance, animation, ritual, mudangism, and a custom-designed "eye harp," which represents the intersections between Lee's life and Korean Mago mythology.
PowerUP, a grand civic spectacle choreographed by Allison Orr, which highlights the inherent beauty and artistry found in the daily work of the Austin Energy linemen.
Fractured Atlas, Inc. for Susie Ibarra, Roberto Juan Rodriguez, Makoto Fujimura
Digital Sanctuaries, a digital soundwalk where the listener finds meditative spaces at twelve sites in Lower Manhattan, featuring original music composed by Electric Kulintang (Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez).
Fractured Atlas, Inc. for Nature Theater of Oklahoma
Life and Times (Episodes 6 & 7 of the ten-part series), conceived and executed by Nature Theater of Oklahoma, will explore the next iterations of the epic serial biography as a radio play and a film.
French Institute Alliance Française
rite riot, a two-part work by Nora Chipaumire commissioned by the Crossing the Line festival, challenges the colonial perspective of the original Rite of Spring and the assumptions of age, social status, and vulnerability that defined the sacrificial victim.
Haleakala, Inc. DBA The Kitchen
Platonov, or the Disinherited is a live-cinema performance based on Anton Chekhov's unfinished, first full-length play, created and staged in two unique environments by Jay Scheib and Company.
The Idea(s) of Harlem, a song cycle conceived by musician/composer/visual artist STEW, explores both the reality and myth of Harlem through the lens of writer James Baldwin.
Headlong Dance Theater
Tugboat Jupiter, directed by Headlong's Amy Smith, is a new immersive dance theater piece that takes place on the Delaware River aboard the restored 110-year-old tugboat Jupiter.
In Tow – what and who we move forward with is a laboratory for experimentation across aesthetic, historical and geographic contexts – a year-long, multi-faceted collaborative project between Zeena Parkins, David Zambrano, DD Dorvillier, Jennifer Monson, and other cultural producers who reside in Urbana, IL.
Intersection for the Arts for Jonathan Moscone, Campo Santo, Joan Osato
Alleluia, The Road, is a series of performance and exhibition roadside attractions and revival tents that re-imagine collective identity created by Luis Alfaro, Joan Osato, Jonathon Moscone and California Shakespeare Theater.
A Meditation on War, created in collaboration between Kronos Quartet and composer Aleksandra Vrebalov, is a new work for string quartet and film in commemoration of the centennial of the outbreak of World War I.
Los Angeles Poverty Department
HOSPITAL, a new collaborative theater work by LAPD and Netherlands based Wunderbaum, addresses the human needs and experiences of people seeking health care amidst climates of policy reform.
Miami Light Project, Inc.
Third Trinity, created by writer/performer Teo Castellanos and director/dramaturg Tarell McCraney, is a new play that explores Puerto Rican Nationalism and the Drug Wars of the late 1980s.
New York City Players, Inc.
Mona's House, a new play written and directed by Tina Satter, deals with queer family structures and the creative process as explored through the relationship between four men at a tap dance studio in a small American town.
New York Foundation for the Arts for Maria Hassabi
PREMIERE, a new work by Maria Hassabi, explores the concept behind its title (the "first performance") and features performers Andros-Zins Browne, HristoulaHarakas, Paige Martin, Robert Steijn, and Maria Hassabi, sound designer Alex Waterman, and visual artist/dramaturg Scott Lyall.
New York Live Arts, Inc.
When the Wolves Came In (working title), an historical homage to the Emancipation Proclamation, includes two new choreographic works by 2012-2014 New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist Kyle Abraham and his company Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion.
On the Boards
the quartet, a durational, contemporary performance created by Heather Kravas and four performers, is a post-hierarchical, choreographic investigation inspired by the concentration and implications of self-identifying communities.
On the Boards
The Clay Duke, a devised dance-theater work created by Dayna Hanson, explores the complex connections between guns and mental health.
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe for Thaddeus Phillips
17 Border Crossings // 17 Fronteras, a new series of monologue format "mini-plays" by Thaddeus Phillips, weaves together real accounts of international border crossings into a dramatic examination of imaginary lines, arbitrary passports and curious customs.
Providence Productions International, Inc.
Mediation, a new live performance where pre-recorded sound, video, and text form the basis for improvisational collaboration between the three lead artists – "Blue" Gene Tyranny, HisaoIharra, and Mary Griffin.
Song of the Jasmine is a new dance work conceived by Aparna Ramaswamy and created in collaboration with jazz saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, two first-generation Indian-American artists whose cultural identities have influenced their artistry in different ways.
Regents of the University of Minnesota, Northrop Concerts & Lectures
The Gathering, a long-term engagement residency and performance event, serves as an incubator for the development of Emily Johnson's latest work SHORE, and the generation of new processes for Johnson's engagement theories and practices.
Salvage Vanguard Theater
Bright Now Beyond, basedupon The Marvelous Land of Oz, is a new musical theater event written by Daniel Alexander Jones, composed by Bobby Halvorson, and developed and presented by Salvage Vanguard Theater.
Islands of Milwaukee, a devised, cross-disciplinary project created by Sojourn Theatre and Ann Basting, jumpstarts cross-community conversations about connectedness, homebound seniors, public health policy, and arts-based civic practice in Milwaukee.
Bogota Prison Pageant, an original play developed by The Civilians and the Goodman Theatre, is inspired by an annual beauty pageant in El Buen Pastor women's prison, the national women's prison of Bogotá, Colombia.
The New Group
Intimacy, a new play by Thomas Bradshaw, is about the integration and naturalization of pornography in American suburbia.
The Performance Zone, Inc. DBA The Field for luciana achugar
OTRO TEATRO, luciana achugar's latest work, is a dance to be felt as it is seen and an occasion for communion as a dark rite of passage, from destruction to rebuilding and renewal.
The Play Company
Ludic Proxy, a commission by The Play Company, explores the ubiquitous nature of gaming culture, video simulation and technology, and the tenuous line between reality and fantasy in an immersive theatrical landscape.
Thin Man Dance, Inc.
From once between (working title), created by choreographer John Jasperse and composer Jonathan Bepler, is a new evening length work informed by the phenomenon of emergence.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Noches de Parrandas, a new composition by Yosvany Terry, syncretizes jazz and symphonic music to create a contemporary orchestral representation of Las Noches de Parrandas of Remedios, Cuba.
Young Jean Lee's Theater Company
STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, Young Jean Lee's Theater Company's latest work, examines a striking aspect of the current cultural moment in America in relation to straight white male identity and privilege.