Idea Capital, the Atlanta-based organization that funds the “kind of innovative, risk-taking works unlikely to be funded by more traditional revenue streams,” has just announced its 2013 grants to local artists, totaling almost $10,000. Nine projects were selected from 106 entries to receive funding in amounts ranging from $500 to $1,500.
The winners and their upcoming projects are:
Jonathan Bouknight, $1,000 to create Two-Headed Nightingales, a video work about physical limitations inspired by the conjoined twins and performers Millie and Christine McKoy.
Stephanie Pharr, Onur Topal-Sumer, and Martha Whittington, $1,000 for hymHouse, a month-long exhibition at Underground Atlanta that will pay homage to Judy Chicago’s Womanhouse.
Benjamin Wills, $976 for the Airplanes project, an exhibition of 500 paper airplanes made by prisoners.
Hester L. Furey and Michael Rovinsky, $1,000 for their graphic novel Love and Revolution, centered on the radical early 20th-century Greenwich Village magazine The Masses, which engaged with such major political events of its era as women’s voting rights and the build to World War I.
Matthew Terrell, $1,200 for his book about the Atlanta drag scene, Sweet Tea: Documenting the Queer South.
DJ lynnée denise, $1,100 to produce Diaspora Nights: Daughters of the Dust Edition, an event chronicling women in house music.
Juel D. Lane, $1,500 to choreograph The Maestro, a dance film based on the eponymous Ernie Barnes painting and accompanied by music from Atlanta singer Maiesha McQueen.
T. Lang, $1,000 for Post Up, a dance using feedback technology.
Milford Thomas, $500 for the Miss Dockery Project, a performance piece about Octavia Dockery, the 1930s Mississippi writer.