New York, NY — Tuesday, June 18, 2019
In celebration of its 30th anniversary of grantmaking, the MAP Fund is thrilled to present the 2019 MAP grantees: 42 original, live performance projects will receive funding, totaling $1.3 million in direct support for development and production.
This exceptional group of grantees is grappling with the most difficult and joyous aspects of creating and living in the United States today. At a time of deep division, the grantees seek to interrogate marginalizing structures in the United States while asserting new possibilities for thriving interdependence.
Each approach is distinctive. Some will employ performance practices like processions as a strategy for transforming spaces with racist histories, such as contentious borders, waterways, or landmarks. Others will consider collective and individual rebuilding by generating shared rituals, dances, and songs in celebration of life. From exploring the mental health of firefighters in Detroit, a city with the highest vacancy and arson rates in the country, to surfacing larger psychological ramifications of border politics for immigrants, each grantee asks: What does meaningful care for people and the environment look like?
The MAP Fund Executive Director, Moira Brennan, says: “As a whole, this extraordinarily diverse group of artists sends a resounding message of determination and hope. We are honored to support their efforts and can’t wait to watch their visions unfold.”
In the spirit of radical collaboration, this year the MAP Fund moved to a highly decentralized grant selection process carried out by a cohort of 59 peer reviewers from across the United States. “We are experimenting with designing a review structure that distributes the power to decide where arts and culture funding dollars go much more widely. Rather than limit the voting to a small panelist cohort, many more artists and arts administrators at every career level have the opportunity to experience proposals and weigh in,” notes Lauren Slone, MAP’s Director of Grants & Research.
Please join us in celebrating the following projects:
- 1[-1] by Bernard Leibov, Ana Sanchez-Colberg | Fulcrum Arts
- 3 Twelves (12/12/12) by Guadalupe Maravilla | The Chocolate Factory Theater
- 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea by Sarah Cameron Sunde | The Field
- A Person Who Advises or Shows the Way to Others by Crystal Z Campbell | Tulsa Community Foundation
- Africantic by Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, Steven Sapp, UNIVERSES, Jenni Werner | Geva Theatre Center
- Always Greener by Erin Austin, Noa/h Fields, Thrisa Hodits, Tekki Lomnicki, Jacob Watson | Tellin’ Tales Theatre
- AMERICAN / PALESTINIAN by Amer Hlehel, Chay Yew | Victory Gardens Theater
- AT BUFFALO by Deadria Harrington, Khalil Sullivan, Joshua Williams, Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin | New Georges
- Beyond Boom and Bust by Gina Angelique, Eliot Feenstra, Lindsey Jones, Karalyn Kvittem | Illinois Valley Community Development Organization
- Birds of Paradise by Pioneer Winter | Pioneer Winter Collective
- The Black (W)hole by Brett Cook, Sarah Crowell, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Rashidi Omari, Yoram Savion | Destiny Arts Center
- Border Crossers by Chico MacMurtrie | Rubin Center for the Visual Arts/The University of Texas at El Paso
- Boy Project by Matthew Armstead, Nell Bang-Jensen, Johanna Kasimow, Eva Steinmetz, Brad Wrenn | Fractured Atlas
- Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever by Leyla McCalla, Kiyoko McCrae | Duke Performances
- Dances for Solidarity by Sarah Dahnke | Culture Push
- Deconstructed Anthems No. 3 by Ekene Ijeoma | New York Foundation for the Arts
- Fandango for Butterflies and Coyotes by Sinuhé Padilla, Andrea Thome, José Zayas | En Garde Arts
- FIVE by Kevin Bellmon, Justin Gomez, Rashaad Newsome, Ousmane Wiles | New York Live Arts
- FLOAT by AJ McClenon, Jefferson Pinder | The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- For C.J. by Davalois Fearon, Mike McGinnis, Jasmine Murrell, Myssi Robinson | Foundation for Independent Artists
- Forgotten Paradise: Gazettes Sun by Charlotte Brathwaite, Abigail DeVille, Sunder Ganglani, Justin Hicks, Meshell Ndegeocello | Caribbean Film Academy
- H-E-L-L-O ARKESTRAL MARCHING BAND: A PROCESSION OF GRATITUDE AND ATONEMENT by MASS MoCA, North Adams Fall Foliage Parade, The Office, Cauleen Smith | Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation
- HERbeat: Women in Taiko ALL-STARS by Michelle Fujii, PJ Hirabayashi, Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Jennifer Weir | TaikoArts Midwest
- J-town, Chinatown, Our Town (working title) by Brenda Wong Aoki, Stephen Gong, Mark Izu, Lydia Tanji, Olivia Ting | First Voice
- Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter by Emily Johnson, Karyn Recollet | Amerinda, Inc.
- The Lakota Project by Cornerstone Theater Company, Larissa FastHorse, Michael John Garcés, Kenny Ramos | Cornerstone Theater Company
- Last Audience by Yanira Castro | New York Live Arts
- Let the Crows Come by Brent Arnold, Jace Clayton, Prema Ramamurthy, Ashwini Ramaswamy, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series | The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
- OK Trenton Project by Richard Bradford, C. Ryanne Domingues, Bruce Lindsay, Tectonic Theater Project, Johanna Tolentino, David Lee White | Passage Theatre
- The Peace Pipeline by Gitz Crazyboy, Winona LaDuke, Keil Troisi, Tito Ybarra | The Yes Lab
- Raíces: El libro de los caminos / Roots: The Book of Journeys by La Quinta Teatro, Russell Rodríguez, Teatro Visión | Teatro Visión
- Sanctuaries by Alexander Gedeon, Darrell Grant, Anis Mojgani, Third Angle New Music | Third Angle New Music
- Secret Journey, Dead End of School of Hard Knocks by Tea Alagic, Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks, Adham Hafez, Jake Margolin, Nick Vaughan | La MaMa Experimental Theater
- The Secret Sharer by Daniel Banks, Kwesi Johnson, Adam McKinney, Ken Norris, Giovanni Ortega | Fractured Atlas
- Songs of Strength (SOS) by Demone Carter, Mahsa Vahdat, Vân-Ánh Võ, | Oakland Asian Cultural Center
- Take ‘Em Down 901 by Ekundayo Bandele, Johnny Jones | Hattiloo Theatre
- Taxilandia by William Burke, Modesto ‘Flako’ Jimenez, Jane Jung, Kevin Torres | Fractured Atlas
- That Nice Black Neighborhood by Paul Rucker | Earshot Jazz
- Typography of Woman: I Am Not Invisible by Drea D’Nur, Kelly Galloway, Robin Hibbert, Celeste Lawson | Arts Services Initiative of WNY
- TRANSMISSION by Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Barber, Courtney Jones, Raquel Monroe, Heidi Wiren Bartlett | Headlong Dance Theater
- The Weight of Air on a Body by Torri Lynn Ashford, C. Michael Chin, Carrie Morris, Paulette Richards | Carrie Morris Arts Production
- Wired by Laurel Lawson, Michael Maag, Alice Sheppard | Fractured Atlas
More information about the full pool of MAP applications and how it compares with data from the funded cohort is available in the 2019 Applicant Pool Summary and the new summary Addendum. Through current and future data tracking, MAP is excited to continue brainstorming about what it means to create a robust national program that acknowledges and addresses gaps in access.
The MAP Fund is primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support comes from the Jerome Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. MAP invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining — and ultimately creating — a more equitable and vibrant society.