MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is excited to announce our new cohort of Boston-based artists! Thanks to a first-time partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture in the City of Boston, we’ve been able to create this special opportunity for artists in our state’s capital.
We are grateful for the financial support of the Boston Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the federal Assets for Independence (AFI) Program of the Department of Health & Human Services.
The 10 artists profiled here are already enriching Boston with their work in virtually every creative field—dance, music, theater, fashion design, painting, photography, installation, new media, and video game design. We’ll be helping them further strengthen their creative practice through small matching grants ($1,000 – $2,000), financial training, business/career development workshops, and one-on-one coaching.
Without further ado, we’re pleased to introduce our 10 new participants from Boston:
Allison Maria Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist working predominately in new media, film/video and installation, whose most recent projects include large-scale public art video installations commissioned by Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.
Isabella Brandao is a fashion designer in the process of setting up her own label, Alleb Asor. Isabella’s garments are meant to affirm the uniqueness of the modern woman. Alleb Asor’s first clothing line will launch soon, so be sure to keep an eye on its social media!
MJ Halberstadt is a Boston-based playwright, founding member of Bridge Rep of Boston, and member of the Dramatists Guild of America, whose work has been widely performed throughout the Boston area.
La’ Toya Jackson — dancer, songwriter, and professional performing artist — teaches at Boston Ballet and is creating an original ballet that will include her own score, libretto, and choreography.
Gordon Williams is a composer, musician, and educator who has performed as a soloist with the Gordon College Wind Ensemble and Boston Children’s Chorus; he works in the Education and Community Initiatives department at Boston Ballet, and has presented interactive events in festivals such as Make Music Boston, ArtWeek Boston, and FIGMENT.
Anya Smolnikova, born in the Soviet Union and residing in the U.S. since 1999, is a painter, printmaker, installation artist, stage- and costume-designer, community organizer, and art teacher.
Michael Prentky is a trombonist who performs primarily across the full spectrum of Jazz from Bebop to Free, and teaches both privately and through various music schools.
Irene Smalls is a storyteller, author, historian, and literacy-based entrepreneur. Her latest projects explore the power of words in motion.
Joshua Ziemann is a freelance percussionist, pianist, music director, educator, and composer, working with groups of all flavors, particularly in the arenas of jazz, free improvisation, contemporary music, electronic, and modern dance.
Seth Alter develops satirical video games through his game design studio, Subaltern Games. His latest release is No Pineapple Left Behind, which satirizes the American education system (with a few Harry Potter-esque spells thrown in).