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LEF FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2006 GRANTS

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The LEF Foundation has announced the awards for their Contemporary Work Fund. Totalling $303,000, this funding supports a wide range of artists, individuals and projects in New England.

PERFORMING ARTS

Dance

Island Moving Company
Funds to commission choreographer Joanna Haigood to create a work for Open For Dancing, a site specific dance festival set in Newport, RI.

Kinodance
Funds to support the creation of a new performance, Denizen, investigating the act of hunting in the modern world.

Performance

Mobius
Funds to support the Mobius International Performance Festival, to expose artists and audiences to experimental work.

Wendy Jacob
Funds to support Traversals, a series of live walks in which performers traverse spaces on tightropes in Somerville, MA and Reykjavik, Iceland to suggest possibilities for multiple, seamless border crossings.

William Pope.L
Funds to support The Black Factory truck to travel America, an interactive public environment used to explore issues of difference.

Andi Sutton
Funds to support the National Bitter Melon Council, a social performance project that uses food promotion to inspire artistic dialogue.

Music

Cultural Constructions
Funds to support the fourth season of Cultural Constructions, a series of concerts that bring together musicians and audiences from different cultures.

Non-Event
Funds to support a series of experimental electronic music created by national and international artists.

Real Time Opera
Funds to support a new dance opera, A House In Bali, based on the memoirs of Canadian composer Colin McPhee with music composed by Evan Ziporyn and the libretto by Paul Schick.

Theatre

Actors' Shakespeare Project
Funds to support a year-round series of company development workshops, experimental and collaborative play readings, and mentorship programs to augment the creative work of Boston's leading actors.

Berkshire Fringe Festival
Funds to support the second year of programming for the Berkshire Fringe Festival, dedicated to bringing cross-disciplinary, original works to the Berkshire community.

The Theatre Offensive
Funds to support the Plays At Work program, a new works development initiative focusing on the talent of Boston's diverse queer theatre communities.

Vanessa Gilbert
Funds to support neoPublius' development of Tocquevill.21, exploring the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville re-imagined in the age of blogs, flash mobs, and the information glut of the 21st century.

INTERMEDIA

The Berwick Research Institute
General support for the Berwick Research Institute to continue the Artist In Research Residency Program and to expand the Artist In Research Public Art Satellite Program, providing time and space to develop projects.

Center for Advanced Visual Studies
Funds to support the Resident Artist Program, featuring performance/installation artist Michael Smith and the art/design collective Center for Urban Pedagogy.

Ensemble Robot
Funds to support the expansion of Ensemble Robot by building new robots, and commissioning a new work for the ensemble by composer Evan Ziporyn.

MIT List Visual Arts Center
Funds to support the exhibition Sensorium that showcases works by nine artists exploring the impact of new technologies on human senses.

New Radio and Performing Arts
Funds to support the commissioning of four networked projects by New England Artists to be performed in real space and exhibited on turbulence.org.

Jane Marsching
Funds to support Data Mining of the North Pole, a series of digital images and sculptures based on 3-D renderings based entirely on the collection drawn from data on the North Pole.

Teri Rueb
Funds to support Moving Landscapes, a body of work that explores the interrelationships of landscape, human movement and emotion.

Morgan Schwartz
Funds to support Whether/Weather, a messaging system exploring communication and discovery through illuminated beacons launched into the sky.

Deb Todd-Wheeler
Funds to support Endurable Velocipede, a project that explores energy resources in new media art.

VISUAL ARTS

Artspace @ 16
Funds to support 6-In-06, four curated exhibitions and two juried exhibitions to benefit and strengthen the artist community in Malden, MA.

Artspace New Haven
Funds to support a collaboration between Artspace, The Aldrich Museum and Real Art Ways to commission and exhibit a three-part work by Creative Capital artist Chris Doyle, focused on the subject of tourism.

Boston Center for the Arts
Funds to support programming of the 2006 season, including two major exhibitions and concurrent programming with the Mills Gallery Project Space.

Cambridge Arts Council
Funds to support the Cambridge component of Public Art / Moving Site, a traveling public art project that defines sites as simultaneous, stationary and moving, with installations in Cambridge, MA; Bellows Falls, VT; and New Haven, CT.

Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion
Funds to support the commissioning of a work by Pepón Osorio, exploring the low-income, predominantly Latino neighborhood of Villa Victoria in Boston's rapidly gentrifying South End..

MassMoCa
Funds to support a series of visual and performing arts residencies related to the exhibition Ahistoric Occasion, exploring history as the inspiration, medium, and subject matter of the participating artists.

Shirin Adhami
Funds to support Objects May be Closer Than They Appear, a series of photographs of mirrors acquired on eBay and re-sold with altered images and published in book form.

Jesseca Ferguson
Funds to support the curation and exhibition of Polish pinhole photography at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.

Lynne Yamamoto
Funds to support an installation, Sweating Bone China, featuring works hand made by the artist and those made by a company in China and one in the U.S., based on the artsit's written descriptions.


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