1998 ARTSLINK PROJECTS AWARDS

HIGH TIDE DANCE, Inc. (RISA JAROSLAW & DANCERS), NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Poland

$4,600 to support a three-week teaching and performance residency in the fall of 1998 in collaboration with DOBRA, a professional arts management organization that builds collaborations between artists and community groups in Poland. Risa Jaroslaw & Dancers will develop workshops and performances for dancers and other artists and train them to work with community groups, including the elderly, the homeless, the disabled, the people with AIDS throughout Poland. Each workshop series will conclude with a performance by High Tide Dance. .

LIZ LERMAN DANCE EXCHANGE, TAKOMA PARK, MD
Host Country: Poland

$5,000 to support a four member ensemble of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange to conduct a residency in Gdansk, Poland in conjunction with the Baltic University of Dance Festival in the summer of 1998. Prior to the festival, the Dance Exchange Team will conduct workshops for the young dance professionals of emerging Baltic companies, and train the dancers with Dance Exchange techniques. Sponsored by the Center for Theatre Education, the festival will give the opportunity for the trainees to perform collaboratively with the Dance Exchange Team. .

THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Macedonia

$8,000 to support The School of Hard Knocks's collaborative dance-musical piece with Macedonian theatre artist Jovica Mihajlovski, Macedonian dancer/choreographer Iskra Sukorova and other US and Macedonian dancers, musicians, and actors. Based on a Macedonian myth, Neda, the piece will be performed as part of the Ohrid Summer Festival at Lake Ohrid, Macedonia in July 1998. Following the festival Yoshiko Chuma will conduct a series of workshops and seminars on contemporary dance in Ohrid.

CSABA POLONY, OAKLAND, CA
Host Country: Hungary, Yugoslavia

$7,100 to support the production of an artistic and literary anthology that explores conflicts brought about by cultural nationalism and globalization in Central and Eastern Europe with a focus on Hungary. Hungarian-American editor Csaba Polony and Hungarian-Serbian editor Balint Szombathy will edit, design, and translate a collection of artworks, lyrics, essays, and interviews that exemplify these issues. The anthology will contain an introduction written by the two collaborators.

MARINA TEMKINA, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Russia, Ukraine

$5,000 to support Ms. Temkina's travels to Russia and Ukraine in October 1998 to complete her literary projects. She will collect materials and interview Russian women poets for her semi-autobiographical and interdisciplinary work-in-progress, The Culture of Winter: Becoming A Woman Poet in Russia. She will collaborate with the Borey Art Center in St. Petersburg, Russia and Library of Arts in Kiev, Ukraine on a series of poetry readings from her developing book Fifty-Fifty. She will also conduct poetry workshops for younger Russian poets.

ANDREE COLLIER ZALESKA, BOSTON, MA
Host Country: Czech Republic

$2,000 to support the completion of an anthology of prose by Czech women writers translated into English, spanning the period from the mid 19th century through the present. Andree Collier Zaleska will travel to Prague to interview the writers and research Czech literature for the anthology titled A Whirl of Witches: An Anthology of Czech Women Writers. Jane Marschings' black-and-white portraits of the contemporary writers will accompany the essays.

TONY PEMBERTON, NEW YORK, NY

Host Country: Russia
$5,400 to support the production of a documentary video, The Children Met Lenin in Spring in collaboration with Russian filmmaker Katya Youshina. The documentary is an analysis and lyrical portrait of the mythology surrounding Lenin as perceived by different generations of Russians during their childhood. As the internviews reveal their childhood fantasies, memories and experiences, the western stereotype of communism is deconstructed and the Russian people's connection to politics is disclosed. Teko Multimedia, a Russian production company and Go East Productions, a documentary and feature film production company, will donate their facilities and equipment during the summer of 1998.

IRINA DANILOVA, BRONX, NY
Host Country: Russia

$4,000 to support the creation of Red Tape, a multimedia project, in collaboration with Daria Khubova of the Media Institute of the Russian State University. They will mount an artistic investigation of how citizens in Perm, a city known for prison camps and many Russian government facilities, are affected by the covert world of secrecy and conspiracy. The results will be documented by video, still photos, and journals which will be assembled to form an experimental documentary video. The video will be made in conjunction with performances on site in the summer of 1998.

ROBERT RAPLEY & ALESSANDRA ZEKA, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Albania

$5,000 to support the completion of Te Durosh, a documentary which follows the lives of three Albanian women whose stories reflect the turmoil of their country's recent history. Rapley and Zeka will work with an Albanian crew and with Refleksione in the fall of 1998. Refleksione is a non-profit organization in Tirana which provides counseling and support to Albanian women, to research the social conditions of Albanian women today.

AMY DENIO, SEATTLE, WA
Host Country: Hungary

$9,000 to support American composer and musician Amy Denio to work collaboratively with Hungarian music quintet Kampec Dolores in the winter of 1999. They will create musical compositions and perform concerts in Budapest and other Hungarian cities. .

JANET LAWSON, EAST STROUDSBOURG, PA
Host Country: Latvia

$2,500 to facilitate a residency for Janet Lawson to conduct a series of Vocal Jazz Master Classes at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga. She will create a new musical score with Latvian composers, work with Latvian vocalists to develop jazz technique, and teach jazz theory. She will work with faculty to develop a new Jazz Studies Program at the Academy and stage a final concert with students and guest Latvian musicians.

Y.DAVID CHUNG, MCLEAN, VA
Host Country: Kazakhstan

$9,700 to support the creation and presentation of The Wishing Tree, a one-act narrative opera that is a commentary on the westernization of Central Asia since the disintegration of the Soviet Union. David Chung will collaborate with Kazakh artist Kadhirzhan Hairulin to complete the script, and with MOST Art Association to stage the production in Almaty, Kazakhstan in the summer of 1999. American composers Charles Tobermann and Pooh Johnston will compose the musical score for the opera.

KATHY RANDELS, NEW ORLEANS, LA
Host Country: Yugoslavia

$8,000 to support Kathy Randels' collaboration with Dah Theater in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in the production of Travellers, a performance that explores the concept of travel and emigration through the interpretation of traditional Balkan and American songs. The piece will be directed by Dijana Milosevic, musically directed by Kathy Randels, and performed by Dah Theater in the winter of 1998 at several venues throughout Easter and Central Europe.

YARA ARTS GROUP, NEW YORK, NY
Host: Country: Russia

$5,000 to support the creation and performance of an original theater piece, Tsagan Shubun (White Bird), in Ulan Ude in August 1998. Yara Arts Group and artists from Buryat National Theater will develop the piece in workshops and rehearsals. The music is composed by Yara's resident composer Genji Ito and Buryat artist Erzhena Zhambalova and contains some traditional Buryat music performed in the original and in translations. The piece will tour to village cultural centers of the Aginsk-Buryat Autonomous Region where the folk material that inspired the production was collected.

ART ATTACK INTERNATIONAL, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Poland

$5,000 to support a group of visual artists who collaborate to create site-specific work at the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery in Krakow with Polish artist Piotr Kurka in the summer of 1999; They will continue their international investigation of the collaborative process and will present a lecture at both the host gallery and at the Academy of Fine Arts, Poznan.

SYLVIA DE SWAAN, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Slovenia

$3,000 to support the completion of a series of portraits and interviews in Slovenia that explore how social upheavals have affected peoples' lives since the fall of communism. The portraits will contain overlays of text, old photos, or personal objects to contextualize the present within a historic continuum. Marjetica Potrc will assist Ms. de Swaan in contacting individuals and artists for her investigation. The completed work will be exhibited at the Cankarjev dom Arts Center.


MARTHA GRENON, AUSTIN, TX
Host Country: Yugoslavia

$2,850 to support Martha Grenon's photo-documentary project in collaboration with Albanian photographer Afrim Hajrullahu and a youth group from Kosovo, Yugoslavia. Together they will produce visual and written documentation about everyday life in Kosovo. The work will be exhibited in Austin and in Prishtina in the spring of 1999 and will be documented in an exhibition catalogue and on a website.

EDUARDO KAC, AOK PARK, IL
Host Country: Slovenia

$3,500 to support Eduardo Kac's creation of an Internet-based electronic art installation at the multi-media center KIBLA in Maribor, Slovenia in November 1998. He will conduct workshops with local artists to present and discuss concepts and techniques used in the installation. A publication will be produced to document the project.

LOWER EAST SIDE PRINTSHOP, INC., NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Yugoslavia

$5,000 to support a ten-day residency for three Lower East Side Printshop artists at Cinema Rex in Belgrade in the fall of 1998. Artists from the Printshop will lead talks and workshops and will create a collaborative print portfolio with printmakers in Belgrade. The residency will culminate Printline, a yearlong e-mail communication and collaborative exchange between the Printshop and the Cinema Rex artists.

KAREN MCCOY, KANSAS CITY, MO
Host Country: Lithuania

$3,500 to support Karen McCoy's residency at Europas Parkas in Vilnius, Lithuania in the summer of 1998. She will research the park terrain, establish dialogue with local artists and members of the community, and incorporate this information and her own visual response into her creation of a site-specific environmental sculpture.

MOOMAT HESKUM PROJECT, CHICO. CA
Host Country: Latvia

$10,000 to support the Moomat Heskum Project in July 1998, a cultural exchange of Native American artists and Latvian artists. artists from California and artists from Latvia will participate in a residency at the Open Air Modern art Museum in Pedvale, Latvia and will have the opportunity to create art from local materials. The Latvian Museum Association has arranged for the Native American artists to exhibit their work in an exhibition associated with the Quadrennial Latvian Song Festival in Riga. The American Indian Contemporary Arts Gallery in San Francisco will show the work made during this collaboration in October 1998.

CLAUDIA TENNYSON, SARATOGA, CA
Host Country: Czech Republic

$4,350 to support the creation of visual artist Claudia Tennyson's project for the Fourth Annual Exhibition at the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts in Prague during the summer 1998. Her conceptual project will consist of identifying thirty urban settings in Prague that are in need of care-taking and restoring various elements in these sites. Ms. Tennyson will complete her project by publishing a pamphlet outlining a self-guided walking tour of the project's highlights and in an exhibit of "before-and after" photographic and videotaped documentation.

LILY LEH, PHILADELPHIA, PA
Host Country: Georgia

$7,500 to support Lily Yeh's art and photography workshops with over 100 village children of the Dzegvi Street Children center in the spring of 1999 in Georgia. Working with local Georgian artists, Ms. Yeh and the children will transform their surroundings into a environment with colorful murals and banners. The children will be empowered, learn to work cooperatively, and acquire the tools to build community through art.