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2017 Focus Fellowships
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We are pleased to announce our 2017 Focus Fellowship artists.

Our Focus Fellowship initiative, in its second year, provides the opportunity for individuals, corporations, and other organizations to fund a specific residency at AIR Serenbe. Funders of these awards, established by a $5000 donation per year, have the opportunity to name the fellowship and to work closely with AIR Serenbe to determine what kind of artist the award will serve (discipline, geography, demographics, etc). Our National Advisory Council---esteemed peers and experts in their respective fields---annually nominates artists for Focus Fellowships. This fellowship provides a month residency in a Rural Studio-designed live/work cottage, a cash stipend, and support for all public programs during the residency.

Please welcome our 11 Focus Fellowships for 2017...

RAY CHRISTIAN
Frances Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a storyteller with deep ties to the American South.
Funded by Anonymous
 

AMY HUNTINGTON
Institute for Child Success Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an artist of any discipline making work for young children.
Funded by Institute for Child Success and Reach Out and Read SC

BRENDAN WENZEL
Little Shop of Stories Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a picture book artist.
Funded by Teresa Dau and Amanda McMillan

SHIRA ERLICHMAN
Visions of Wellbeing Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an artist of any discipline whose work explores the integration of health, wellness, and the creative process.
Funded by Kathryn Grams and John Hinman through University of West Georgia School of the Arts

 
RAINA TELGEMEIER
Mulberry Street Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an author and illustrator whose work explores the experience of childhood and growing up.
Funded by Teresa Dau and Amanda McMillan

BRUTAL STUDIO
JOGGER 5K Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an artist of any discipline with work featured on the Jogger 5K course route. 
Funded by Edgar Allan

PAUL VILLINSKI
Cedar Creek Focus Fellowship
Awarded to an AIR Serenbe alumni artist who will bring their family along for a residency.
Funded by John Paddock and Karen Schwartz

BRIGHT SON (BRYSON ROLLINS)
Shy Jones Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a lyricist who is making work for and about children and childhood.
Funded by Teresa Dau and Amanda McMillan

MICHAEL KURTH
Seikilos Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a composer.
Funded by Lynn Eden

EVE EWING
SWACC! Focus Fellowship
Awarded to a spoken word artist with a commitment to community and collaboration.
Funded by Gil & Jeny Mathis

ADAM FRELIN
CoEsistere Focus Fellowship
Awarded to artist of any discipline whose work explores human population growth and its impact on wildlife.
Funded by J&J FamilyShip Foundation
Join us in the new year, as we bring a full slate of opportunities to meet these artists and to experience their work & creative processes.
Now, a chance to look back at the faces of our exceptional 2016 Focus Fellowship artists...

We tapped photographer Aaron Coury to make a body of work about these nine artists. Every year going forward, we will commission a different Georgia artist to capture the spirit of our Focus Fellowship class. We will collect this body of work and will print a Focus Fellowship Annual, an artifact that documents our investment in artists and the creation of new work.  Cheers, Aaron!  And...Anis Mojgani, Hannah Israel, Mahogany L. Browne, Mike Buchanan, Peter Happel Christian, Sarah Hobbs, Dame Wilburn, Aatmaja Pandya, and Pam Longobardi...thank you for helping us see the world in bright new ways.

Thanks to our outstanding National Advisory Council, the creative brain trust for our organization...

Alex Acosta Co-Founder and Executive Director, Soul Food Cypher
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz Nonfiction Writer & Poet
Diane Capriola Founder and Owner, Little Shop of Stories
Blue Delliquanti Cartoonist and Creator of O Human Star
Julie Delliquanti Director of Education and Interpretation, Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Jessica Derrick Senior Vice President: Brand Development and Creative Services, Garden & Gun
Angela DiTerlizzi Children's Book Author
George Dawes Green Founder, The Moth
Leslie King-Hammond Graduate Dean Emeritus & Founding Director, Center for Race and Culture
Sarah Kay Spoken Word Poet; Founder/Co-Director, Project VOICE 
Michael Lucker Screenwriter; Professor of Screenwriting, Emory University
Mark Masuoka Executive Director and CEO, Akron Art Museum
Wiley Miller Cartoonist and Creator of Non Sequitur
Judy Newman Executive Vice President, Scholastic
Hunter O'Hanian Executive Director and CEO, College Art Association
Jeremiah Ojo Managing Director, Creative Milieu Consulting Group
Rio Sakairi Artistic Director, The Jazz Gallery
Jana La Sorte Founder/Creative Director, Ambassadora
Robert Spano Music Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Aspen Music Festival & School
Anna Walker Skillman Owner, Jackson Fine Art
Daren Wang Founder and Executive Director, AJC Decatur Book Festival
Kristen Miller Zohn Executive Director, Costume Society of America; Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art 

AIR Serenbe wins National Endowment for the Arts grant.

We are pleased to announce we have won our first NEA Art Works grant for a project that supports our investment in spoken word artists and other performing wordsmiths. Read the press release:

December 13, 2016

Chattahoochee Hills, GA—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to AIR Serenbe for
residencies for distinguished spoken word artists and other performing wordsmiths. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.
 
“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as AIR Serenbe, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”  

"We are thrilled to receive national support for our continued work with the nation's top spoken word poets, storytellers, lyricists, monologists, et.al," said AIR Serenbe Executive Director Brandon Hinman. "At AIR Serenbe, one of our investments is in artists who use speaking as performance and voice as craft. On top of our support for the creation of new work by individual artists, this grant will make it possible for us to bring a cohort of these artists together for a weekend of inquiry and exchange.  Additionally, through a commissioned film and a printed document, this grant will allow us to document the creative processes of such a vital yet ephemeral form." 


Official Project Description:
To support four AIR Serenbe Focus Fellowship residencies for distinguished spoken word artists and other performing wordsmiths by providing them with the space and time to develop new work. We will include a vast range of voices that reflect the diversity of word-based performers; we will emphasize the inclusion of women and persons of color, as well as artists living and working in underrepresented locales. Fellows will receive up to four weeks in live/work cottages in Serenbe, a stipend, and programmed opportunities to engage with a captive, smart audience with which to share new work. The year will culminate in a convening of our Fellows in Washington, DC in October 2017, where they will participate in specially curated round-tables and creative workshops, and present a public performance of their work at Institute for Child Success's conference Small Talks.. We will produce an anthology of the artists' work, as well as a sequential artifact (film, audio, writing, photography, illustration) documenting the experience of the Fellows.


The four Focus Fellowship artists for our 2017 project will be Ray Christian, Shira Erlichman, Bright Son, and Eve Ewing.  

About AIR Serenbe:  
AIR Serenbe, an artist residency program in Chattahoochee Hills, GA, supports artists of all disciplines. We invest in the development of new work, nurture critical moments of imagination, and engage communities in this creative process.  

AIR Serenbe is an affiliate of the Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture, and the Environment. Learn more at www.airserenbe.com.  And learn more about NEA Art Works grants awarded this year.
AIR Serenbe, the artist in residence program in Chattahoochee Hills, GA, is a member of the Alliance of Artists Communities and an affiliate of the Serenbe Institute for Arts, Culture & the Environment.  AIR Serenbe is supported in part by the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of Fulton County Arts & Culture, the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly, and GCA’s partner agency—the National Endowment for the Arts. 
Copyright © 2016 AIR Serenbe, All rights reserved.


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