The Rubys: 13 Artists in Performing and Media Arts

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When creating what are now called the “Rubys,” the Deutsch Foundation and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance consulted with the pros. The new Baltimore-based program is modeled on a highly effective “venture-capital” approach developed by New York-based Creative Capital, in which artists receive project funding and professional development services.

Administered by GBCA with start-up funding from the Deutsch Foundation, the Rubys provide project-based grants to Baltimore-area artists in performing, media, visual and literary arts. Thirteen diverse and talented artists have been chosen as the inaugural class in the performing and media arts categories, and on Monday, June 16, they were celebrated along with the program launch at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

Following remarks by Deutsch Foundation President Jane Brown, GBCA Director Jeannie Howe, and Creative Capital President Ruby Lerner, guests enjoyed meeting each artist and hearing them discuss their project.

Below, you will find descriptions of all 13 artist projects from this first grant cycle, which include a jazz composition, a feature film, an aerial dance performance, an immersive-theater piece and more. The second round of awards will focus on the visual and literary arts. Follow this link for information.

 

The 2014 Rubys grantees in Performing and Media Arts:

Carla J Brown headshot_sqCarla Brown, Catonsville: to support the documentary film about her grandparents, Everyone But Two: The Life, Love and Travel of Benjamin and Frances Graham, which traces the cross-country travel experiences of an African American couple in the 1960s and 1970s. Download extended project information and artist bio here: 2014 RUBYS Grantee_Brown_extended info

 

 

cazabon_headshot_sqLynn Cazabon, Baltimore: to realize Portrait Garden, a multi-part project based on work with long-term inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women and presented via interactive posters located throughout Baltimore-area commercial display spaces. Download extended project information and artist bio here: 2014 RUBYS Grantee_Cazabon_extended info

 

 

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Graham Coreil-Allen, Baltimore: to create SiteLines, a series of sharable videos that explores the invisible sites and overlooked features of our everyday urban environment, and which will present a compelling portrait of Baltimore and its civic space potential. Download extended project information and artist bio here: 2014 RUBYS Grantee_CoreilAllen_extended info

 

 

Dyer_headshot_sqEric Dyer, Baltimore: to support the creation of The Zoetrope Tunnel, a 9-foot tall by 20-foot long working walk-through sculpture whose interior animation describes the evolution of the bicycle, both in mechanical development as well as in social impact. Download extended project information and artist bio here: 2014 RUBYS Grantee_Dyer_extended info

 

 

Espey_headshot_sqRich Espey, Towson: for research and development of a new play, Tea with Nelson and Betsie, which explores the moment in 1995 when Nelson Mandela had tea with the widow of Prime Minister Hendrick Verwoerd (the “architect of apartheid”) in the all-white enclave of Orania, South Africa. Download extended project information and artist bio here: 2014 RUBYS Grantee_Espey_extended info

 

 

Grubbs_headshot2_sqCarl Grubbs, Baltimore: to write and arrange new compositions for The Inner Harbor Suite: Revisited, an audio tribute to Baltimore featuring saxophones, strings, group improvisation and ensemble performance. Download extended project information and artist bio here: 2014 RUBYS Grantee_Grubbs_extended info

 

 

Millionie-headshot_sqKel Millionie, Baltimore: to create an aerial theater production, Fight or Flight, that examines this human condition through the use of aerial movement, invented structures, intense choreography, soundscapes, sampled music and video projections. Download extended project information and artist bio here: 2014 RUBYS Grantee_Millionie_extended info

 

 

Montley_headshot1_sqPat Montley, Lutherville: to expand a one-act script into a full length play – Pope Joan II – which tells the story of an American nun who becomes pope and tries to transform the church into a liberal democracy. Download extended project information and artist bio here: 2014 RUBYS Grantee_Montley_extended info

 

 

Opare_headshot_sqKwame Opare, Baltimore: to choreograph, develop and produce the theatrical dance performance Triumph of Disruption, working in conjunction with, and featuring students from a local arts secondary school. Download extended project information and artist bio here: 2014 RUBYS Grantee_Opare_extended info

 

 

Porterfield_headshot_sqMatthew Porterfield, Baltimore: to support the development of Sollers Point, a feature film about one Baltimore man’s return to society after a period of incarceration. Download extended project information and artist bio here: 2014 RUBYS Grantee_Porterfield_extended info

 

 

Ricci_headshot1_sqGlenn Ricci, Baltimore: to produce The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe, an immersive, interactive theater experience that focuses on the women in Poe’s life and their influence on his fiction. Download extended project information and artist bio here: 2014 RUBYS Grantee_Ricci_extended info

 

 

Olivia_Robinson_portrait_sqOlivia Robinson, Baltimore: to support the creation of Near and Far Enemies, a media installation of large-scale electronic textile circuits that describes the relationship between racism, wealth and science. Download extended project information and artist bio here: 2014 RUBYS Grantee_Robinson_extended info

 

 

Smooke_headshot2_sqDavid Smooke, Baltimore: to compose A Baby Bigger Grows Than Up Was, an ensemble piece for a baritone singer, bass clarinet, trumpet and trombone that uses an alphabetical tale by the Baltimore writer Michael Kimball as inspiration. Download extended project information and artist bio here: 2014 RUBYS Grantee_Smooke_extended info

 

 

 

 

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