Friday, October 23, 2009

Draper Alumni News: Elizabeth Streb's Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM) Receives Rockefeller Grant

Congratulations to Draper Alumna Elizabeth Streb, whose Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (SLAM) was one of 18 New York City cultural institutions to receive funding through the Rockefeller Foundation's annual New York City Cultural Innovation Fund competition. Streb was a recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant in 1997. Her company is staging a new performance in Brooklyn this December.

(Via the SLAM mailing list):
Ringside Inc./STREB receives funding!

"The Rockefeller Foundation is pleased to continue our support of art and creativity right here in our home town of New York City," said Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation. "In today's economy, our artists and communities need support to continue to build an innovative creative sector that provokes us to react, question, and learn."

Many of this year's winners-selected from more than 500 diverse projects-focus on innovative survival strategies for the arts during a time of severe economic decline. Fresh business models, imaginative prototypes for public/private partnerships, entrepreneurial approaches to capital generation, artist peer loan programs, and new spins on marketing, especially to rapidly growing Latino communities, are strong themes among the winning entries.

These projects are infused with innovation in art itself as well-from the coupling of architecture with ballet and science with art to the use of 3D urban design and social networking technology.

STREB's grant was given to spark new dance forms by incorporating extreme action techniques such as high wire and skydiving."

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