Recent MAP Fund News!

Recent MAP Fund News!
04/03/2023 MAPstaff

We’re excited to share some recent news features spotlighting MAP artists, the SPA program, and our 2022 grant cycle:

WFYI Indianapolis profiled saxophonist Jared Thompson, whose 2022 MAP-funded performance Virtue reflects the ever-changing nature of jazz while also paying homage to jazz’s unique influence on how we listen to and create modern music.

photo of saxophonist Jared Thompson in front of a microphone, smiling warmly at the camera

“This has honestly been the biggest grant that I’ve ever received and it just gave me autonomy to think as far outside of the box that I could without having any financial restraints to it.” — Jared Thompson

The University of New Mexico’s Newsroom profiled the New Mexico-based fronteristxs collective — their MAP-funded project The House of An-Aesthesia is an experimental runway performance with ungendered looks designed to disrupt surveillance technologies in Albuquerque, a city with one of the highest police brutality rates in the nation.

“House of An-Aesthesia examines the intersections of fashion, race, gender, sexuality, ability, policing, and capitalism in order to build life-affirming communities through an abolitionist framework.” — fronteristxs member Szu-Han Ho

Philanthropy News Digest highlighted MAP’s 2022 grantee cohort — $2.6 million awarded to 88 grantee projects — as well the 20-year tenure of Moira Brennan, who stepped down in 2022.

The New York Times profiled choreographer Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, a SPA participant who has worked closely with coach Georgiana Pickett through MAP’s partnership with the Jerome Hill Fellowship.

Jordan Demetrius Lloyd crouches on a pavement basketball court, watching five dancers rehearse choreography“Jordan is an artist and, very importantly, a Black artist,” said the arts consultant Georgiana Pickett…In an email, she applauded his breaking out of the traditional theater setting. “Our parks, schoolyards, bodegas, street corners and stoops should be places of joy, discovery and comfort,” she said. “Jordan is one of the people making that happen.”