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“There is no way I could have had that experience here,” Rothstein said. “It was like three years of grad school in two weeks.”
He also used a self-funded trip to Europe to help him write “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” which he turned into a holiday staple that will tour at the Kennedy Center this year. The play “has employed actors and singers for years,” Rothstein said.
Benson says that shows art can be done without government help.
I’m guessing some of the people who voted to help out the Mall of America, Mayo Clinic and Minnesota Vikings with billions of dollars balked at, say, helping a Flamenco dancer go to Spain to study. (Benson did not, so she is consistent.)
Susana di Palma won a 2012 Artist Initiative Grant to spend a month at La Bienal de Flamenco festival in Seville, Spain, and brought back a lifetime of knowledge to share in Minnesota.
“I would like to express my sadness and concern that other artists will be deprived of this kind of life-changing experience,” said di Palma.
Maybe next year someone will embrace the new rules instead and paint a picture of Ole and Lena standing in front of a farm house, and call it Minnesota Gothic.
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