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2016 Creative Capital Awards

MICA Faculty Laura Parnes and Kenya (Robinson) Receive Creative Capital Award


MICA celebrates its graduate faculty members who have recently been awarded the Creative Capital 2016 Award. Each year Creative Capital awards artists with funding for projects they believe to be innovative and socially engaged. For 2016 a selection of 46 projects were chosen for funding out of 2,500 applications from across the country. Creative Captial seeks out those artists who see themselves as artist-activists. The selected projects are based on a variety of genres, mediums, and perspectives, but many of them focus on the world's most current issues. "Artists today are brave, bold and deeply engaged in the world," said Ruby Lerner, Founding President & Executive Director, Creative Capital. "The 2016 class of Creative Capital awardees are creating important and deeply moving work, with immediacy and passion. This class is diverse, it is extraordinarily talented, and we believe the 2016 Creative Capital artists will shape their fields for decades to come."

Laura Parnes, a interim director of MICA's MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media, has received the Creative Capital award for her project Tour Without End. This interdisciplinary project will explore the world of the DIY music scene through film, installation, and an online archive of New York's undeground music venues and groups. 

Kenya (Robinson), an adjunct faculty member teaching a You+ Professional Practice course at MICA has received the Creative Capital award for her project "CHEEKY: LaSHAE: Karaoke Universal". The project uses the format of an online course to create a new level of engagement between the audience and performer. The course follows a traditional curriculum that allows its students to get to know the alter ego of "CHEEKY", which exists as a vessel for each student to interpret in their own individual way.

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