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News: Idea Capital announces grants for art, dance, music, film, literature and community projects

From a graphic novel by Hester Furey and Michael Rovinsky
From a graphic novel by Hester Furey and Michael Rovinsky

Idea Capital, a seven-year-old grassroots granting organization, has selected nine projects by Atlanta artists and collaborative teams for its 2014 cycle. It will dispense almost $10,000 in grants ranging from $500 to $1,500. According to the press release, “All  have demonstrated commitment to Idea Capital’s mission of recognizing the kind of innovative, risk-taking works unlikely to be funded by more traditional revenue streams.”

And the winners are:

  • Jonathan Bouknight.  Melding dance and cultural history, Bouknight will create a videotaped dance performance, Two-Headed Nightingales, inspired by the challenges faced by performers Millie and Christine McKoy, who are conjoined twins.
  • DJ lynnée denise. Denise will bring attention to the important influence of female house music DJs and producers through her Diaspora Nights event. (Image on home page.)
  • Hester L. Furey and Michael Rovinsky. Writer Furey and artist Rovinsky will create a graphic novel, Love and Revolution, referencing the radical early-20th-century Greenwich Village magazine The Masses, which engaged in such issues as women’s voting rights and the build-up to World War I.
  • Juel D. Lane. Continuing an interest in presenting dance on film, the choreographer will debut a film inspired by the Ernie Barnes’ painting “The Maestro,” accompanied by music from Atlanta singer Maiesha McQueen.
  • T. Lang. Using technology to enliven dance, the choreographer will use sensors and software in Post Up, a meditation on love and loss.
  • Stephanie Pharr,  Onur Topal Sumer and Martha Whittington. Inspired by groundbreaking feminist artist Judy Chicago, the artists will examine the role of women in the 21st century in hymHouse, a performance/installation that will unfold over one month in an Underground Atlanta storefront.
  • Matthew Terrell. Terrell’s book, Sweet Tea: Documenting the Queer South, will combine photography and prose and address the artistic and political legacy of drag queens in defining and enlarging gay life in Atlanta.
  • Milford Thomas. The Miss Dockery Project, the filmmaker’s multimedia performance, integrating theater, film and music, tells the story of Octavia Dockery, an eccentric Natchez writer active during the 1930s who made art despite many personal obstacles.
  • Benjamin Wills. Wills is collaborating with those serving time in American prisons to create 500 paper airplanes — metaphors for personal expression and a momentary escape. The exhibit, Airplanes, will be displayed in an Atlanta art venue.