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A scene from Larissa FastHorse's "Urban Rez" with Cornerstone Theater Company, an earlier iteration of her immersive work "Native Nation."

Larissa FastHorse, Cristal Chanelle Truscott Among Creative Capital Awardees

More than 60 percent of the awarded artists this year are women, and 77 percent are people of color.

NEW YORK CITY: Creative Capital has announced the 50 projects to be recipients of its 2019 Creative Capital Awards. Chosen from more than 5,000 applicants by a multidisciplinary panel, each awardee has been judged to demonstrate confidence in the power of boundary-pushing art. The recipients will be given up to $50,000 in project funding and $50,000 in career development services.

“The 2019 class of Creative Capital Awardees is a window into some of the most innovative, exciting, and powerful work being undertaken today,” Suzy Delvalle, Creative Capital’s president and executive director, said in a statement. “We cannot wait to see how these projects develop, and how this incredible community of artists grows together and evolves.”

The 2019 Creative Capital awardees include artists from a variety of disciplines. This is a change from previous years, in which only projects from a rotating group of genres could apply. Among the theatrical projects selected for the award is Larissa FastHorse’s Native Nation, a community-generated-and performed project created through engagement with South Dakota’s Lakota communities. An immersive theatrical experience, Native Nation combines community service with theatre created through an Indigenous lens.

Other theatrical recipients include Plantation Remix, an a cappella musical by Cristal Chanelle Truscott, which presents multi-perspective narratives of both enslaved and slaveholding families, aims to reimagine plantation tourism.

Though definitions aren’t precise, other theatre-related awardees this year include We Have Iré by Paul Flores, Rosalba Rolon, and Yosvany Terry; Wednesday by Raja Feather Kelly; Daughter of the Hills by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby; and Yankee Bajan by Linda Parris-Bailey.

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