View of Ben Coleman's upcoming “British Aisles” project.

Idea Capital Awards $18,000 to Atlanta Artists

Atlanta’s Idea Capital group, which pools resources from the cultural sector in order to provide direct monetary support to Atlanta artists, announced the recipients of its tenth year of independent arts funding on Thursday. A total of $18,000 will be distributed to nine artists working in a variety of fields.

From documentary filmmakers and theater producers to puppet show masters, this year’s awardees were recognized for creating “innovative, risk-taking works unlikely to be funded by more traditional revenue streams” and were selected from a pool of over eighty Atlanta-based artists.

The recipients are filmmaker Ebony Blanding, film producer and filmmaker Phoebe Brown, photographer Jarrett Christian, Ben Coleman, Elizabeth Dinkova, Anthony Gaskins, Jason Kofke, mixed-media artist Yanique Norman, and director Cydnei Prather.

With the funds, Blanding will explore the idea of rest as resistance for black Southerners; Coleman will create an installation probing the intersection of colonialism and the British empire with identity; and Kofke will use photography to document the Mauritanian material culture of the African Sahara. Other projects will address the various effects of miscegenation and American racism; the legacies of Sam Shepard and Tennessee Williams; and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.