DanceWorks Chicago – $35,000 for an exchange with Germany. DanceWorks and the German company will create a new collaborative dance piece that they will perform in both countries as well as participate in joint classes, rehearsals, and professional development.
eighth blackbird – $40,000 for a music exchange with Hungary. The companies will create and two new contemporary music pieces, one by a European composer and one by an American composer, and perform them in Budapest and Chicago.
Ensemble Dal Niente – $35,000 for a music exchange with Panama. The Ensemble will work with the emerging new music community in Latin America and will perform a new piece composed by an early career Latin American artist in Panama and Chicago.
Experimental Sound Studio – $10,000 to support an exchange with China in which two sound artists, one from Chicago and one from China, will present work, conduct workshops, and create new sound projects for exhibition.
Field Museum – $45,000 to support an artistic exchange with the Philippines. Drawing on The Field’s collection, artists from both countries will create 12 new works of visual art and share them with audiences in both communities.
Fifth House Ensemble –$40,000 for a music exchange with Israel and Germany. Participants will create a suite of newly composed concert works that combine Jewish Sephardic, bluegrass and experimental music; they will perform the work in Germany and Chicago.
Green Star Movement – $50,000 to create and install four murals, three in Brazil’s favelas and one on Chicago’s South Side.
Kuumba Lynx – $50,000 for an exchange between Chicago and Malaysian youth, who will create a new performance piece that includes dance, spoken word, and other art forms.
Natya Dance Theatre – $50,000 to co-create a theatrical dance piece with an Indonesian dance company that will be performed in Chicago and Indonesia.
Walkabout Theater Company – $35,000 for a theater exchange with the United Kingdom to create and perform two theatrical pieces, share training and administrative practices, and provide public workshops.
Window to the World Communications, Inc./WFMT – $50,000 for an artistic exchange with New Zealand to create a 13-part radio series of documentaries and podcasts that explore the influence indigenous cultures and folk traditions have had on classical and contemporary music.
American Theater Company – $7,000 for an artistic exchange with Glasgow, Scotland that will add an international perspective to a new play focused on public housing.
Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago – $25,000 for a new choral piece inspired by Native American cultures, to be written and performed through an exchange with young people in Canada and Alaska.
Chicago Human Rhythm Project – $45,000 for intensive artistic residencies in Chicago, Brazil, and Argentina, which will include classes for youth in American tap, public concerts, and the creation of new, collaborative work.
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic – $50,000 for Cuban and Philharmonic musicians to perform a new composition in Chicago and Cuba.
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras – $50,000 for a joint premier performance by youth symphonies in Chicago and China of a new piece of music written for Western and Eastern instruments.
Clinard Dance Theatre – $20,000 for an exchange with a contemporary dance company in India to create new dance pieces, one for each company.
Deeply Rooted Productions – $40,000 to support a multi-year residency with a contemporary dance company in South Africa and participation in the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance festival.
Facets Multi-Media, Inc. – $40,000 for a collaboration with indigenous Brazilian filmmakers to produce social issue documentary films that highlight communities under pressure in both Brazil and the United States.
Guild Complex – $32,000 to host exiled Middle Eastern poets in Chicago to discuss issues of freedom of speech and then to support a group of Chicago writers to bring these discussions to an international literature festival.
League of Chicago Theatres – $20,000 to give Chicago area theatre companies an opportunity to connect with visiting artists and learn about theatre in other parts of the world through workshops and other coordinated activities.
MAKE Literary Productions – $25,000 to organize a live event in Chicago and a live event in Mexico City, combining many art forms and focusing on the subject of translation.
Northlight Theatre – $15,000 for an artistic exchange with Ireland and co-production of a new work that will premiere in Chicago and then at the Galway Arts Festival.
Old Town School of Folk Music – $48,000 for an exchange of music faculty with a conservatory in Turkey. Each organization will share its music and culture with the other's students and communities.
Same Planet Different World – $47,000 for a collaboration with a contemporary dance company in Israel to jointly develop and premiere a new piece of work.
The International Contemporary Ensemble – $40,000 for a musical exchange with Japan. The visiting artists will perform a new concerto and present educational workshops for Japanese music students.
Theater Oobleck – $25,000 for a collaboration with El Circo Nacional de Puerto Rico, to co-write and produce a new show with premieres in Chicago and San Juan.
Third Coast Percussion – $10,000 for an exchange of Chicago and German percussion artists, who will perform a new work before traveling to Germany to participate in the first Lübeck International Percussion Festival.
Trap Door Productions – $20,000 for an artistic exchange with a French director to produce Albert Camus' "The Just," which will be presented in Chicago and France.
These grants, totaling $280,000, are the sixth and final set of awards from the MacArthur Foundation's Chicago International Connections Fund.
These grants, totaling $206,000, are the fifth set of awards from the MacArthur Foundation's International Connections Fund.
While the 2011 Fund is solely focused on exchanges and collaborations betweenChicago arts and culture organizations and their counterparts abroad, the 2008-2010 Fund included all Chicago-based grantees of the MacArthur Foundation. View grantees under the former Fund.
These grants, totaling $200,000, are the fourth set of awards from the MacArthur Foundation's International Connections Fund: