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LEF FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2005 GRANTS

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On December 16th, LEF Foundation announced their annual General Fund grants for 2004. Thirty-seven organizations, groups and individuals received funding this year, with a total allocation of $340,000.

Recipients include:

in the Visual Arts

Tufts University Art Gallery
Funds to support the commission of a new conceptual art installation, The Center for Cosmic Energy, by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.
Kathy Bitetti
Funds to support residencies in three public libraries in conjunction with the DeCordova Museum's exhibition, Pretty Sweet: Sentimental Image in Contemporary Art.
Ellen Driscoll
Funds to support teh public art installation, Lumina, comprised of four LED screens along Huntington Avenue that will give visual identity to the Fenway Cultural District.
Timothy Horn
Funds to support the completion of an ongoing body of large-scale sculptures that form an installation entitled Gentleman's Directoire.
Ellen Lesperance
Funds to support Off the Grid, an immersion performance in the wilderness of Maine and accompanying documentation through large-scale photos.
Denise Marika
Funds to supportFlood>, a series of video projections that deal with issues of water, waste, and human consumption in various communities.
Xander Marro & Mat Brinkman
Funds to support the production of a set and puppets for The Shattering City, an hour-long 16mm film using puppets and live performance.
Andrew Mowbray
Funds to support the installation of a new work, including mixed media, video stills and sculpture, that explores the issue of masculinity and the sportsman.
Meg Rotzel & Matthew Nash
Funds to support the publication of a book in conjunction with the exhibition Double Life, which features work by artists who also function as curators, producers and administrators, within the Boston area.
Mary Ellen Strom
Funds to support an exhibition of eight works, using video, live models and painting, to explore the contested site of the female nude.
Edythe Wright
Funds to support the creation of a new series of photographs, drawings and video based on the study and dissection of a Sony video.

in the Performing Arts
for Dance
Bates Dance Festival
Funds to support programming for Festival 2005 Rootwork: Nurturing Artists, Sustaining Community, which provides a continuum of support to dance artists through residencies and full-scale engagement with the festival.
Dance Renewal Project
Funds to support the production of Crossing, a multidisciplinary, international, collaborative dance project.
Green Street Studios
Funds to support the Performance Works Projectfor 2005-2006, which supports emerging choreographers.

for Performance Art
Marylin Arsem
Funds to support research, performance, and documentation of the Writing Ada project, an inquiry into current beliefs about death and the afterlife and those of 150 years ago.
Jeremy Liu
Funds to support Sifting the Inner Belt, a site-specific performance art and research project that "sifts" the South End neighborhood through an investigation of its diverse communities.
Jamie McMurry
Funds to support the performance/video County Fair, based on the rural tradition of American county fairs.

for Music
Opera House Arts
Funds to support the production of a new opera, The Singing Bridge.
Cultural Constructions
Funds to support the third season of Cultural Constructions, a series of concerts that involve different musical cultures.

for Theatre
Bazaar Productions, Inc
Funds to support first-year programming for the Berkshire Fringe Festival, dedicated to bringing cross-disciplinary, original works to Berkshire county in Western Massachusetts.
The Huntington Theatre
Funds to support the 2005 Breaking Ground Festival, a week of rehearsals and public readings of new plays by both established and emerging playwrights.
Magdalena USA
Funds to support general programming of the Magdalena USA International Festival of Women in Contemporary Theatre, focussing on the theme Theatre/Women/Weaving.
Pilgrim Theatre
Funds to create and produce a new work by playwright Laura Harrington, entitled N, that imagines Napoleon's last days of exile on the island of St. Helena.
The Theatre Offensive
Funds to support Plays At Work and Fall Play Lab 2005 programs.

LEF is a private foundation that supports the creation and presentation of contemporary work in the fields of visual art, performing art, new media, literary art, architecture and design. They are based in Cambridge and Saint Helena, California, and support the arts in both New England and California.


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