Two Twin Cities artists awarded $50,000 Joyce grants

  • Updated: February 7, 2013 - 9:33 AM

Half of the Joyce winners for 2013 are based in the Twin Cities.

Choreographer/dancer Emily Johnson and visual artist Seitu Jones, prominent fixtures on the Twin Cities arts scene, have each won a $50,000 grant from the Joyce Foundation, two of four 2013 recipients of the award for artists of color in the Midwest.

Johnson, who won a high-profile Bessie Award in 2012, will present "Shore," the third installment of a trilogy exploring her native Alaskan roots. "Shore," commissioned by Northrop Dance, will be presented in Northrop Auditorium in 2014.

Jones is collaborating with Public Art St. Paul to present the Community Meal, a September 2014 dinner stretching a half-mile across St. Paul with 2,000 participants. The event explores consumption, marketing and food production, and features performances of spoken-word artists. This is the first year the Joyce Foundation has expanded the award parameters to allow art that takes place anywhere using any media and allowing collaborations beyond arts-specific partners.

KRISTIN TILLOTSON

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