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City of Santa Monica Awards $20,000 Fellowships to Storytelling Artists
By Lookout Staff
September 5, 2017 -- The City of Santa Monica has awarded two performance artists who specialize in storytelling $20,000 fellowships that are "among the most robust, city-based individual artist support grants in the U.S.," cultural officials announced last week.
The fellowships were given to D’Lo, a queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American writer/performer, and Dan Kwong, a veteran performance artist who has presented solo works since 1989, officials said.Three local artists also will receive $4,000 Artist Project Fellowships -- Choreographers Christine Suarez and Jacob Jonas, and novelist Mark Sarvas.
This year's two major recipients have made their mark practicing and teaching the art of storytelling.
Dan Kwong, who also uses humor in his work, combines storytelling, multimedia, physical movement, poetry, martial arts and music "to explore the personal, the historical, the social and the unspeakable," officials said.
Kwong says he will use the fellowship "to continue working on my documentary/art video.”
The year’s award panel included Mecca Vazie Andrews, a dancer, choreographer and musician; L.A. County Arts Commissioner Tomas Benitez, a longtime advocate of Chicano/Latino arts; author Irene Borger, who is director of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, and Lorne Buchman, president of the Art Center College of Design.
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