This year’s grantees include 37 individuals and 17 institutions, from 12 countries––Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the US and Yemen.
-In cinema, a total of $204,000 was awarded to 8 grantees from 8 countries.
-In visual arts, $171,500 was awarded to 6 grantees from 4 countries.
-In literature, $128,700 was awarded to 16 grantees from 8 countries.
-In performing arts, $104,500 was awarded to 7 grantees from 6 countries.
-In music, $111,000 was awarded to 7 grantees from 6 countries.
-In research, training and regional events, $126,700 was awarded to 10 grantees from 5 countries.
Between April and August 2010, 480 applicants from 22 countries responded to AFAC’s annual open call for proposals. Proposals were then screened, filtered and sent for review to eighteen expert jurors–– three in each of the six categories. The jurors independently evaluated the applications, before coming together to select the final awardees.
Our new grantees
With AFAC’s support, an Iraqi pavilion will participate in the 54th Venice Biennale, the world’s premier contemporary arts event, for the first time since 1976; an independent movie theater in Beirut will stage its second animation festival, which will include workshops that facilitate exchange and collaborations among young Arab animators; a US academic will research and archive Bedouin musical traditions in northern Jordan, which are rapidly disappearing as formerly nomadic tribes settle in villages where they are influenced by globalization, development and tourism; a Moroccan researcher will examine the origins and roots of the autobiographical genre in old Arabic literature; a young French-Algerian documentary filmmaker will undertake a bold re-examination of the Algerian independence war; and a Yemeni architect will explore the impact of modernity on traditional architecture in old Sana’a, Yemen. Click here for the full list of AFAC’s 2010 grantees and their project descriptions.