December 4th, 2006
"Chris Ware, Joe Sacoo and Jim Woodring (along with frequent collaborator Bill Frisell) were among the initial beneficiaries of United States Artists, a new charitable foundation which awarded $50,000 grants to 50 notable creative types."
"The fellowships, announced today at a press conference in New York, were awarded to artists ranging in age from 26 to 83, the organization said in a release. No restrictions are placed on the stipend, the group said."
"The artists are diverse in background and medium — from Sterlin Harjo, a 26-year-old Seminole filmmaker from Norman, Oklahoma, to Ali Akbar Khan, an 83-year-old master of the sarode, a 25-string musical instrument. Khan was a 1991 recipient of a "genius grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation."
"We wanted to make a bet on the strength of their work, that they money would fuel a creative effort of some sort," Susan Berresford, the group’s chairman and president of the Ford Foundation, said today in an interview at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where the fellowship recipients were announced. "We think artists deserve more direct financial support."
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