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The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) is thrilled to announce the eight artists selected for 2017 Rubys Artist Project Grants in media arts and performing arts. This grantee cohort represents innovative artistic practices across the fields of dance, video, projection, documentary film, and sound-based theater.

The 2017 Rubys grantees in Media Arts and Performing Arts are:

The Rubys Artist Project Grants were conceived in 2013 and initiated with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. In 2017, the Rubys is pleased to have additional support from the Aegon Transamerica Foundation.

“I am continually amazed by the energy and originality within Baltimore’s creative community. The Deutsch Foundation is thrilled to support the Rubys and delighted with the exceptional projects selected for funding in this round,” says Robert W. Deutsch Foundation president Jane Brown.

“The Rubys make it possible for artists in the Baltimore region to launch projects, take risks, and bring work to fruition,” says Jeannie Howe, executive director of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. “GBCA is grateful to its talented and thoughtful jurors and to the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation for their vision and support of this program.”

The 2017 Rubys jury panels for media arts and performing arts were comprised of the following esteemed professionals:

  • Giovanna Chesler, filmmaker, director of film and video studies, George Mason University
  • Shawn Rene Graham, writer, dramaturg, deputy director of programs and services, The Field
  • Michelle Hoffmann, director of education and community engagement, Washington Performing Arts
  • Lauren Kelley, animator, artist, assistant director of curatorial programs, Sugar Hill Children’sMuseum of Art & Storytelling
  • Ouida Maedel, grants manager, Woolly Mammoth Theatre
  • Shawn Peters, cinematographer
  • Matt Porterfield, filmmaker, faculty in film and media studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • David Smooke, composer, faculty in music theory, Peabody InstituteThe Rubys Artist Project Grant program was established in 2013 to support the region’s gems – the local creative community of performing, visual, media and literary artists. Created with the vision and initial funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Rubys provide meaningful project support directly to artists. The Rubys were inspired in part by Ruby Lerner, the visionary founder of Creative Capital in New York City.  andThe Rubys Artist Project Grants were conceived and initiated with start-up funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and are a program of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. The Rubys is also supported with a grant from the Aegon Transamerica Foundation. The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation invests in innovative people, programs and ideas that promote arts and culture, economic and community development, and social justice, with a primary focus on the City of Baltimore.The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (GBCA) nurtures and promotes a vibrant, diverse, and sustainable arts and cultural community essential to the region’s quality of life. GBCA aims to promote the region’s creative sector and significantly increase artists’ and organizations’ capacity to do great work. http://baltimoreculture.org/Through a combination of financial grants and the volunteer commitment of our employees, the Aegon Transamerica Foundation supports non-profit organizations focused on the education, health and well- being of the communities where we live and work.

    Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance
    120 W. North Avenue, Suite 305 Baltimore, MD 21201
    Tel. 410-230-0200

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