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A photograph by 2013-14 fellowship winner Mohamud Mumin.
Four Twin Cities photographers have each received $25,000 from the McKnight Foundation through its annual photography fellowship program for mid-career artists.
Mohamud Mumin, who holds a degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota, is a first-time grant recipient who focuses on the cross-cultural journey of Minnesota's Somali community. Alec Soth, who has won two previous McKnight grants and a 2012 Guggenheim, is an internationally known exhibitor and member of Magnum Photos. Anthony Marchetti and Paula McCartney both won their first McKnight in 2007. Marchetti's latest project is an exploration of his grandmother's flight from Hungary near the end of World War II. McCartney, who also makes artists' books, focuses on the idea of constructed landscapes, with ice and birds as recent thematic subjects.
The four were selected from among 108 applicants. The fellowships are administered by mnartists.org, a joint program of McKnight and Walker Art Center that provides a database of Minnesota artists of all disciplines. For more info, see http://www.startribune.com/a2270
A photograph by 2013-14 McKnight grant winner Alec Soth.
Also announced Thursday were three winners of McKnight's Media Artist fellowships, Todd Cobery, Susan Marks and Todd Melby., who were chosen through a compettion run by Independent Filmmaker Project MInnesota. Cobery, a narrative filmmaker who also works in TV and commecials, has had work accepted at SXSW and Tribeca. Marks made a documentary on Betty Crocker, "The Betty Mystique," and her most recent project, "Of Dolls & Murder," looks at big-time crime through tiny dollhouse re-enactment scenes (narrated by John Waters, of course). Melby has made several award-winning public-radio documentaries and was lead producer on "Black Gold Boom," about the current oil boom in North Dakota.
See www.ifpmn.org for more info.
ArtPlace America, a three-year-old Chicago-based consortium of public and private arts funders, has included three Minnesota projects in its 2013-14 round of grants totalling $52 million.
Two arts projects in St. Paul and one in Lanesboro, Minn., have each received six-figure amounts for efforts toward "creative placemaking."
Bedlam Theatre received $350,000 to develop a Lowertown space designed to serve as an arts nexus for the Central Corridor light rail.
Blue Ox, an artists' collective, also got $350,000 to construct a mini-golf course as the anchor attraction on a 15-acre redevelopment of teh Schmidt brewery site.
The city of Lanesboro in southeastern Minnesota received $313,000 toward its ambitious "arts campus" project, which aims to transform the city into one big arts experience.
This is the third grant cycle for ArtPlace, which has previously funded five other projects in Minnesota, for a total (including the above) of $3,073,000.
Kurt Andersen, host of PRI's "Studio 360," which received a $100,000 NEA grant.
As part of its annual state and regional funding allocations, the National Endowment for the Arts has granted $705,400 to the Minnesota State Arts Board to fund programming and arts promotion in 2014. Arts Midwest, a regional noprofit serving seven states based in Minneapolis, got just over $1.3 million.
Earlier, the NEA announced its second round of fiscal year 2013 Arts Work grants, with 24 going to Minnesota organizations. The biggest winner was Public Radio International in the Media Arts category. PRI received $100,000 in support of the weekly culture program “Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen” and $50,000 for “Global Hit,” a short musical feature that runs on the news program “The World.”
MacPhail Center for the Arts received the second-largest grant, $75,000, for its Online School Partnerships program, which teaches students how to play musical instruments through remote online instruction. Also notable was a $40,000 grant to the Minnesota Orchestra for its Symphony for the Cities free outdoor summer concerts. The orchestra’s musicians remain locked out and its management announced today that the remainder of the 2012-13 season has been cancelled.
Minneapolis artist Andrew Voegtline is the first recipient of a new grant that signals funders' interest in new media that blends multiple art forms with interactive technology. The grant is adminstered by Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota (IFP) and funded by the McKnight Foundation.
Voegtline was awarded the $50,000 New Media Project Grant for "Digital Cities," which will use smartphone GPS and orientation capabilities to allow users to enjoy various types of art and music that coordinates with where they are actually walking. Voegtline says it's "like an electronic gallery integrated into our landscape."
He'll work with local artists including musician Holly Newsom and choreographer Stuart Pimsler to develop content. His idea beat out nine other finalists from a total pool of 58 applicants.
A Baron von Raschke Kickstarter funding campaign that ends tomorrow already has made its $20,000 goal.
The money will be used for post-production costs of a documentary about legendary pro wrestler Von Raschke, aka "The Claw," directed by Phil Harder.
The filmmakers already have spent two years gathering documentary footage from the 1960s and '70s, Raschke's heyday as the Baron. His fearsome German wrestler often attacked opponents with the Brainclaw grip, which was sometimes censored in TV as too violent and disturbing.
Photographer Karl Raschke, son of the wrestler, is on board as a producer of the movie.
Recreated scenes are mixed with film footage to explore the growth of pro wrestling in this era as well as the mild-mannered Nebraskan, Jim Raschke, who settled in Minnesota and raised a family that includesTwin Cities journalist Heidi Raschke.
As of Monday noon, there were 219 backers pledging $27,286 to help fund completion of the movie. The campaign officially closes on Tuesday.