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The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship

2014 Award

The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for artists of color and Indigenous artists provides writers financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement self-selecting community learning and enrichment plans. Winners will be selected to receive grants of up to $7,000 to underwrite projects of their own design. At least one winner will be a Minnesota resident. The total number of winners will be dependent on the requests. Typically, four writers are awarded grants. 

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2014 Recipients

Congratulations to 2014 Immersion Fellowship recipients Nimo Farah (Minneapolis), Nikki Patin (Chicago), and Christy Namee Eriksen (Juneau).

The three recipients were selected from a pool of many qualified applications from all over the United States. They will receive up to $7,000 in support of a self-defined project and will perform at the Loft as part of its Equilibrium Spoken Word series. The winning projects include:    

  • Nimo Farah (Minneapolis, Minnesota)—will foster artistic growth, develop mentorships, and create a bilingual spoken word CD for the Somali community.
  • Nikki Patin (Chicago, Illinois)—will develop a spoken word project to create space for testimonies about sexual violence, build skills to elevate those testimonials to art, help survivors access and augment the confidence to perform their pieces to live audiences, and support them in the aftermath of coming out as survivors.
  • Christy Namee Eriksen (Juneau, Alaska)—will produce a multi-city workshop and performance project working with Korean Adoptee populations to network, create space, and enact social and public policy change.

For information about upcoming performances by these artists, please sign up for the Loft enewsletter.

The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship is made possible by the Surdna Foundation.