Meet Some of the Artists Who Scored Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund Awards

The Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund announced $1.5 million in grants to 39 performing artists and ensembles that "address issues of cultural difference in race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, generation, or any other aspect of diversity."

We like to consider the MAP Fund as the Traveling Wilburys of the nonprofit art and performance world. The Traveling Wilburys, of course, were a rock "supergroup" comprised of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and George Harrison (among others). The MAP Fund also boasts a roster of similar heavy-hitters. The program is overseen by Creative Capital and supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A pretty impressive bunch indeed. Not surprisingly, the fund is one of the longest-standing nongovernmental grants and has been on the forefront of embracing issues like race, ethnicity, and gender since 1989.

The fund received over 900 requests for support which were reviewed in three stages by 51 artists across the country. Only 39 made the cut and over half of the winners were first-time MAP Fund grantees. A cursory review of the winners speaks to the fund's bold thinking and commitment to artistic diversity. Here are just a few winning of the winning projects:

Afterword — An interdisciplinary project created by composer George Lewis, media/theater artist Catherine Sullivan, and composer/director Sean Griffin. 

Fondly — A new work for the stage created by New York's Elevator Repair Service, written in collaboration with playwright Sibyl Kempson, and directed by John Collins.

Glorious Ravage — An evening-length work of music and film by San Francisco Bay Area bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa exploring the adventures and writings of female explores of the 19th century West.

Playhouse Follies — An interdisciplinary work created by master puppeteer and director Basil Twist.

Predator Songstress: Dictator — The latest chapter of a series of portraits of "imagined iconic women" created by Seattle's Degenerate Art Ensemble.

Winners will receive grants ranging from $20,000 to $40,000, plus supplemental funds of up to $5,000 for general operating support. What's more, recipient artists are also invited to take part in Creative Capital's signature Professional Development Program which helps artists build a sustainable and financially-career in the arts.