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Got an arty idea? The Knight Arts Challenge St. Paul is taking applications today through May 18 for its second round of grants totalling $1.5 million.
Anyone can apply, artist or not. Last year, winners ranged from a construction company that restored historic signs in Lowertown to an artists' collective that put on a light show projected on a steam plume at the city power plant.
It couldn't be simpler. You need to describe your plans in 150 words or less and follow only three rules:
1) The idea must be about the arts.
2) The project must take place in or benefit St. Paul.
3) The grant recipients must find funds to match Knight’s commitment.
Four Q & As offering tips will be held starting next week:
This is the second of three years that the Knight Foundation will fund the challenge, part of a total $8 million investment in the arts in St. Paul that the Miami-based foundation has made. It also divided $3.5 million to five St. Paul arts groups -- The Arts Partnership, Penumbra Theatre, Springboard for the Arts, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and TU Dance.
For updates on the challenge, follow @knightarts and #knightarts on Twitter, @knightfdn on Instagram and Knight Foundation on Facebook.
Rosy Simas has been awarded a $54,000 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Minneapolis choreographer Rosy Simas attracted accolades last year for her multimedia project "We Wait in Darkness," which draws on her Seneca heritage and critiques treatment of native tribes. The Star Tribune gave her an honorable mention in its annual artists of the year roundup, and City Pages also named her an artist of the year for dance.
Now Simas is one of five choreographers in North America to receive a 2015 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She plans to use her $54,000 grant to develop a new work, "Skin(s)," that is co-commissioned by Intermedia Artsof Minneapolis and two California arts organizations.
“It deals with questions around how we in native urban communities, which are intertribal and interracial, perceive each other, looking beyond the color of our skin,” Simas said. The work will get its local premiere at Intermedia Arts in 2016.
Two other Minnesotans are among the 175 artists,scholars and scientists named fellows for 2015. Timothy J. Kehoe, a professor of economics at the University of Minnesota and adviser for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will use his grant to study the impact of NAFTA and trade liberalization. Art historian Matthew P. Canepa, also a U of M professor, will do research on visual cultures in Persia and the ancient Iranian world.
Why is this man smiling? Patrick Coyle's movie "Public Domain" has been picked up by Landmark and will premiere here March 27.
Filmmaker Patrick Coyle’s locally shot “The Public Domain” has been picked up by Landmark, and will get its premiere at the Lagoon on March 27, with more cities to follow based on how well it sells here.
The film is about four strangers whose lives are connected by the 35W bridge collapse in 2007. It has also been tapped to screen at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival in April and the Duluth Superior Film festival in June.
Actor Beau Bridges plans to attend the premiere to see his daughter, Emily Bridges, who plays one of the lead roles.
“The Public Domain” is the second movie to wrap production that has received legacy-amendment public money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, through a reimbursement program administered by the Minnesota Film & TV board Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota. In order to qualify for up to $175,000, films have to be set in the state and/or have a strong Minnesota focus.
The first project to receive legacy dollars, “The Jingle Dress,” written and directed by William Eigen, is about an Ojibwe family who moves from a northern reservation to Minneapolis. It opens this Friday at St. Anthony Main.
Both "American Sniper," coming off a near-record breaking $90.2 million opening for the three-day weekend, and "Selma," which earned $26.4 million since opening wide three weeks earlier, are history-based films that deal in myths.
"Selma" triggered criticism for portraying President Lyndon Johnson as a slow supporter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign for black voter rights. Similarly, "American Sniper" has made substantial alterations from its source material, the best-selling memoir by the late Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. The film shows Kyle fighting a former Olympic marksman in a sharpshooters' battle to the death, though the two never encountered each other in real life. It also created a fictional Iraqi terrorist who murders children with electric drills. Film star, screenwriter and director Seth Rogen on Twitter said it reminded him of a fictional Nazi propaganda film.
Kyle's wife, Taya Kyle, who was interviewed extensively by screenwriter Jason Hall, will share her insights about her husband’s experiences in battle and on the home front, and about the film version of his life story, in an event Feb. 8 at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park.
Jim DeFelice, co-author of "American Sniper," will appear as well at the 7 p.m. event, a part of the synagogue's Heroes Among Us series. Admission is $18 for members of the military, $36 for the general public, $100 for reserved seating and $360 for a VIP meeting with the special guests.
A portion of the proceeds will help underwrite the synagogue’s Minnesota National Guard unit support initiative, benefiting the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade, the 2nd Battalion, 147th Assault Helicopter, and the 204th Area Support Medical Company.
Beth El Synagogue is located at 5225 Barry St. W., St. Louis Park.
Art Shanty Projects is looking for cash to support its 2016 plans. For the past decade it has staged clever events in arty shacks on frozen lakes around the Twin Cities metro area. It iced that program this year for want of money and organizational moxy.
Even so Art Shanty Projects has won accolades. It claims to be among 32 candidates for the 2nd International Award for Public Art (IAPA) and one of 90 finalists for an ArtPlace America 2015 National Grant. Not content with those birds-in-the-bush, the organization is now seeking cash-in-hand.
In September the organizations' board-of-directors hired a new executive director, Dawn Bentley. Recently it gained official recognition as a non-profit organization with 501(c) (3) tax status.
A fund-raiser next month will feature performances by local musicians, appearances by former art shanty artists, a raffle, prizes, food-and-beverage sales to benefit the shanty project. It will be held from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. February 28 at the Fulton Brewery, 2540 2nd St. N.E., Minneapolis. $15 advance tickets are available online through Brown Paper Tickets and artshantyprojects.org; or $20 at the door. Tickets include one free drink.
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