The Arts Partnership (TAP) is pleased to announce the award of $27,736 in grants to 16 local artists, representing a broad range of the arts.
Individual Arts Partnership grants are available to artists working in any artistic genre and at any career stage, from emerging artists to those well-established in their fields. The recent round of grants is made possible by privately raised dollars, with the grants to musicians possible through a partnership between TAP and Jade Presents.
“The Arts Partnership was thrilled to increase the number and amount of grants to individual artists this year. The 16 artists receiving grants this year are part of a cohort of 77 individual artists who have received $90,000 in total since we began awarding grants to individual artists in 2013,” states our President & CEO Dayna Del Val. “The grant program was created because we believe that artists’ pursuit of new ideas, opportunities and skills are essential to the region’s cultural vitality. We’re grateful that Jade Presents and individual donors shared that vision.”
Jade Presents founder and owner Jade Nielsen stated: “The Metro area is bursting with great music of all kinds. Our goal in providing funding for musicians is to support the music scene in all its diversity, from young indie singer/songwriters to rock bands to classically trained musicians.”
Individual Arts Partnership Grants were awarded to the following artists:
Zhimin Guan – $2,500 toward a series of semi-abstract portraits of North Dakota dreamers.
Anna Johnson – $1,300 to purchase equipment to make screen prints.
Eric Johnson -$2,500 to purchase foundational equipment for his printmaking studio. Recipient of the Erin Koffler Memorial Fund Grant.
Jeff Knight – $1,000 toward a series of murals featuring American musical icons with ties to the Metro area.
Dan Koeck – $1,000 toward equipment to archive film negatives and slides from the artist’s 32-year career.
Stephanie Manesis – $750 toward a short documentary about WWII veterans and the ways in which compassion has shaped their experience. Funded in part by the Moorhead PEO Chapters.
Cynthia McGuire Thiel – $800 to purchase a more advanced sewing machine, with expanded and faster stitching capabilities.
Jon Solinger – $750 toward a series of portraits of five families who still occupy the land where their immigrant ancestors settled.
Emily Vieweg – $2,000 toward working with a professional editor to ready a poetry manuscript for professional publication.
The Jade Presents Individual Arts Partnership Grants for Musicians were awarded to:
Tiana Grisé – $2,000 toward the commission of an original work for solo flute.
David Holweger – $2,500 toward production costs for a full-length studio album.
Jake Ingamar – $2,500 toward costs associated with recording several original songs in the studio.
The Human Element – $2,500 toward recording and marketing a second full-length album.
The Knotties –$2,400 toward costs associated with mastering a full-length album.
Kwaician Traylor – $2,200 toward costs associated with creating a studio space, for his own work and as a resource to other musicians.
Tucker’d Out – $1,200 toward professional training and guidance on harmonies and musical arrangements.
Watch for Grantee Highlights about these talented local artists on our blog in the coming year!