Idea Capital Announces Winners for "Risk-Taking" Projects

Atlanta based Idea Capital just announced their winners for the 2014 cycle. The nine recipients include projects that "have demonstrated commitment to Idea Capital’s mission of recognizing the kind of innovative, risk-taking works unlikely to be funded by more traditional revenue streams.” But these projects aren't just dance based.

Idea Capital is a relatively young organization. Founded in 2008 with the intention of helping jump start Atlanta-based, artist-initiated projects that might not otherwise gain support through other, more mainstream arts foundations and institutions, Idea Capital and its grant program are funded entirely through donations from various artists and arts supporters in the Atlanta metro area.

Each year the scope of their grant program has grown as monetary support has increased and this year's winners are now each receiving grants that range from between $500 to $1,500, for a total of just under $10,000. That may not sound like much, but for a city like Atlanta, which hasn't been particularly known for its overwhelming support of artists—avant-garde or otherwise—this is definitely encouraging news, as Idea Capital seems to be stepping into very obvious gap left by other arts organizations.

The winners for this cycle are:

  • DJ lynnée denise - For Diaspora Nights: Daughters of the Dust Edition, an event chronicling women in house music ($1,100).
  • Jonathan Bouknight - For Two-Headed Nightingales, a video performance work about physical limitations ($1,000).
  • Hester L. Furey and Michael Rovinsky - For his graphic novel Love and Revolution ($1,000).
  • Juel D. Lane - For The Maestro, a dance film based on painting ($1,500).
  • T. Lang - For Post Up, a dance project using feedback technology ($1,00).
  • Matthew Terrell - For Sweet Tea: Documenting the Queer South, a book compilation about Atlanta drag scene ($1,200).
  • Stephanie Pharr, Onur Topal-Sumer, and Martha Whittington - For hymHouse, an exhibition paying homage to Judy Chicago’s Woman House ($1,000).
  • Milford Thomas - For The Miss Dockery Project, a multi-media project on Octavia Dockery ($500).
  • Benjamin Wills - For Airplanes, paper airplanes made by US prisoners ($976).

Idea Capital issues grants that typically range from $500 to $2,000 for projects that include visual art, performing arts, installations, literature, digital media, independent curatorial projects, films, and festivals. All applicants must be at least 20 years old and live in the immediate Atlanta metro area. For a full list of FAQs and guidelines click here.