In this issue: First Fruits
Especially in these lean times, it's a happy occasion to offer congratulations to Minnesota's crop of newly named award-winning artists. The McKnight, Jerome, and Bush Foundations have been sending out a flurry of announcements about the recipients of this year's big-ticket fellowships and grants, given to artists and organizations working across a wide spectrum of disciplines. The first fruits of the recently passed Legacy Amendment are beginning to ripen across the state, as artists and organizations put those civic arts and cultural funds to use in their communities. With all the fellowship exhibitions and shows going on this summer, not to mention a variety of new arts programs specifically designed to engage the public, you have plenty of opportunities to see the results of such support for yourself in the coming weeks.
- HOMEPAGE: Features include a conversation with last year's McKnight Photo Fellowship winners about trends in contemporary photography; a review of recent performances by two newly named McKnight fellows for dance, Megan Mayer and Penelope Freeh; poet Connie Wanek responds to the new collection of poems by Duluth's Deborah Gordon Cooper; a pair of newly commissioned poems by 2009 What Light grand prize-winner Greg Watson to conclude last year's mnLIT publication season
- NEWS YOU CAN USE: A sampling of current artist opportunities drawn from mnartists.org's daily-updated community bulletin board
- YOU ARE HERE: A host of art fairs and festivals, as well as new theater, music, film, dance, and visual arts exhibitions across the state
PLUS: Catch the new exhibition of work by the 2009 McKnight Photography Fellows at Franklin Artworks in Minneapolis through July 31