Emergence Media is proud to announce Complex Movements as part of the 2013 Performing Arts Grantees for Creative Capital. Complex Movements is a Detroit-based artist collective composed of graphic designer/fine artist Wesley Taylor, music producer/filmmaker Waajeed and hip-hop lyricist/activist Invincible, with creative technologist Carlos (L05) Garcia. Their multimedia performance installations, hand crafted songs and trans-genre experiments explore the relationship between complex science and social justice movements.
Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Their pioneering approach – inspired by venture-capital principles – helps artists in all creative disciplines to realize their visions and build sustainable practices.
The Performing Arts category included work in dance, music theater, experimental music performance, experimental opera, spoken word, theater/performance art, puppetry and interdisciplinary projects. Beginning in March 2012, over 1,200 submissions were made. During the eight-month, three-phase review process, 301 of the submissions advanced to the application phase, of which 105 were chosen for the final panel round. Twenty-three Performing Arts projects by artists based in 10 different communities throughout the U.S. were then selected for funding and announced in January 2013.
Since its founding in 1999, Creative Capital has committed $29 million in financial and advisory support to 418 projects representing 529 artists, and has reached an additional 5,500 artists through its Professional Development Program.
Creative Capital was featured recently in the Wall Street Journal, highlighting the 2013 grantees and offering insights toward their approach on working with artists.
“No one was testing those ideas out in the arts arena,” said Ruby Lerner, executive director of the organization, which rejected the standard nonprofit model of “here's a check, send us a report.” Instead, there's a longer-term commitment, for up to five years, and an emphasis, she said, on “what will make someone stronger when they leave us than when they came in.”
For a complete list of the 2013 Grantees, click here.
To learn more about Complex Movements, click here.