Next Step Fund Awards Announced

Collaged image of headshots of Next Step Fund awardees

On June 25, 2019 the MRAC board awarded a total of $176,717 to 36 individual artists in the FY 2019 Next Step Fund grant program. The Next Step Fund program, funded by the McKnight Foundation, is designed to help artists in the 7-county metropolitan region complete a project that will help them rise to the next level in their careers regardless of whether they are emerging artists or artists well established in their disciplines. Finalists were asked to submit work samples as background information and support for their Next Step project. Artists can work in any discipline and be at any stage of their artistic career, but must define a project that will help them advance to the next step in their artistic goals. The artistic discipline listed with each artist was self-selected by the artist at the time of application.

This year’s Next Step Fund saw 434 applications submitted and 71 second-round finalists named. Eighteen artists and arts administrators served as the panelists for this year’s grant review process.

 

 

A.P. Looze
$5,000.00
Theater – general
Funding for mentorship in script development for the artist’s first musical.

Aida S. Al-Kadi
$5,000.00
Media Arts – film
Funding to purchase a new camera.

Archie Bongiovanni
$5,000.00
Visual Arts- graphics
Funding to upgrade a studio and purchase equipment to create a full-length graphic novel.

Bill Jeter
$5,000.00
Visual Arts – graphics
Funding for the purchase of an etching press to advance the artist’s archival print suite.

Bryan Thao Worra
$5,000.00
Literature- poetry
Funding to build and diversify audiences during a book tour and conduct a research and presentation project in Laos.

Candice Davis
$5,000.00
Visual Arts- general
Funding to aid in post-graduate career advancement.

Carolyn Holbrook
$5,000.00
Literature – general
Funding to hire a web developer to build a website for the artist’s literary work.

Deja Stowers
$5,000.00
Dance- jazz/ethnic/folk
Funding to explore and develop a dance technique and aesthetic that promotes self reflection and healing.

Dennis Madamba
$5,000.00
Visual Arts – graphics
Funding to develop a Risograph print studio, obtain print and bindery equipment, and attend a Risograph printing residency.

deVon Russell Gray
$5,000.00
Music- New/Experimental/Electronic
Funding for the completion of a writing laboratory and office.

Drew Peterson
$5,000.00
Visual Arts – general
Funding to develop Entity Editions + EDU which includes producing new collaborative print works, a website, an exhibition of new work, and a business plan.

Erin Sharkey
$5,000.00
Literature – nonfiction
Funding for the creation of a business plan.

George Slade
$5,000.00
Literature – nonfiction
Funding for travel, research, conversations, and developing an essay surveying 21st century photobooks.

Georgia Fort
$4,963.77
Media Arts- Film
Funding to purchase a camera and other equipment to create a docuseries profiling leaders of color in the Twin Cities.

Gisell Calderón
$5,000.00
Multidisciplinary
Funding for the creation of a publication surrounding recreational vehicle culture.

Jena Holliday
$5,000.00
Visual Arts- general
Funding for artistic and professional development in support of the artist’s current and future children’s book illustration projects.

Jonathan Herrera Soto
$5,000.00
Visual arts- general
Funding for studio space in support of the artist’s first large scale solo exhibition in the Minneapolis area.

Jordan Hamilton
$5,000.00
Visual arts- experimental
Funding to secure studio space to create a body of work for a first solo exhibition.

Junauda Petrus
$5,000.00
Literature- general
Funding for professional development and branding focused on writing and filmmaking.

Kaonam Ya-Vang
$5,000.00
Media arts- video
Funding to purchase the artist’s first camera.

Kaysone Syonesa
$5,000.00
Interdisciplinary
Funding for travel experiences to gain professional training with Lao master theatre artists and performance companies.

Lisa-Anne Bauch
$4,650.00
Crafts- fiber
Funding to purchase a new ergonomic loom.

Lorissa Gottschalk
$5,000.00
Literature- nonfiction
Funding to support the completion of the artist’s first memoir.

Marc Levine
$5,000.00
Music- chamber
Funding to record the artist’s complete Suzuki method violin sonatas.

Maria Isa
$5,000.00
Music- general
Funding for the artist’s first headlining tour in Latin America.

May Ling Kopecky
$5,000.00
Multidisciplinary
Funding for the technology and supplies required to create an accessible home studio.

Maya Beck
$4,500.00
Literature- fiction
Funding for a writing workshop.

PaNa Lor
$5,000.00
Media arts- technology/experimental
Funding for the purchase of an etching press and bench to build a library of texture prints.

Rachel Castro
$5,000.00
Literature- nonfiction
Funding for a writing coach, program attendance, and equipment to move towards publication and building a professional network.

Rachel Jendrzejewski
$5,000.00
Literature- playwriting/scriptwriting
Funding for two trips to Los Angeles to complete PASSION, a major new performance work.

Sarah Nassif
$5,000.00
Crafts- fiber
Funding to create a new body of fiber art work that will become the artist’s first solo gallery show.

Su Hwang
$5,000.00
Literature- poetry
Funding for a month-long literary residency at Hedgebrook on Whidbey Island for women writers, and the purchase of a new laptop.

Taous Khazem
$3,024.00
Theater- general
Funding to study Shakespeare with master teacher Patsy Rodenburg.

Tarek Abdelqader
$5,000.00
Music- ethnic/folk-inspired

Tia-Simone Gardner
$5,000.00
Interdisciplinary
Funding for travel and research for a new documentary photo-writing project examining Black mobility in the U.S. through examining the artist’s personal history.

Xiaolu Wang
$5,000.00
Media Arts- film
Funding to purchase film editing equipment, mentorship, and to build a network as a woman film editor of color.

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