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News: IDEA CAPITAL announces 2014 grant recipients

Stephanie Dowda: Ghostly Remains: A Sense of Whisper"
Stephanie Dowda: Ghostly Remains (Sense ) of Whisper

Grassroots initiative IDEA CAPITAL has awarded more than $11,000 in grants to 10 local artists working in diverse disciplines, including film, creative activism, technology and photography.

Recipients have one year to start working on their projects, and must report their progress to IDEA CAPITAL throughout the year. Below is a list of this year’s award recipients and their proposed projects.

  • Alex Lukens will complete High Fructose Suicide Booth, a humorous short film examining how every human want and need — including suicide — is answered in modern life.
  • Ann Stewart will use 3D printing to transform her drawings into three-dimensional objects.
  • Danielle Deadwyler’s public performance Real Live Girl will examine Atlanta’s strip club culture in a meditation on race, work and sexuality.
  • Deigratia A. Daniels, a robotics engineer and designer, will create Black Man Simulator, an experiential learning tool to convey the experience of being a black man in contemporary America.
  • Devin Brown, working in conjunction with Oakland Cemetery and the collaborative ROAM team, will create sound art inspired by the musicians buried in this historic cemetery.
  • Jane Garver will create a grassroots residency, in conjunction with Mint Gallery, to allow a visiting artist to work and form partnerships with other Atlanta creatives.
  • Jared Dawson’s performance piece The Church of Lavonia Elberton will explore the parallels between spirituality and art, drawing from his experience as a Southern Baptist and gay man.
  • MAO (Masud Olufani) will produce a monumental installation, Chorus of Memory, that will combine sculpture and sound art to explore family genealogy through the voices of Atlanta elders.
  • Stephanie Dowda’s Lost World photo series, inspired by her mother’s death, will explore southern landscapes associated with loss and mourning.
  • Suzanne Mozes, author of the forthcoming Dante’s New Life, will continue her bimonthly writing and art-making workshop Storybuilding: Under/Over/On at venues around Atlanta meant to connect people and inspire creativity.

The organization was founded in 2008 to help jumpstart Atlanta-based, artist-initiated projects that might not otherwise be supported through mainstream arts institutions. IDEA CAPITAL and its grants are funded through donations from artists and Atlanta arts patrons.

On home page: Masud Olufani, The Weight of Memory.